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Equipment Case Studies February 23, 2015
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Continental Gold, an exploration and development company, established a mining operation in the mountains of Antioquia, Colombia. Situated 940 m (3,084 ft) above sea level, the very complex and steep terrain rendered the area nearly inaccessible for construction equipment that was required to build...
Equipment Case Studies February 23, 2015
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The scenic U.S. 50 twists and turns its way past Lake Tahoe, Nev. It cuts through mountains, forests and desert valley with steep grades and hairpin turns. Rocky outcrops bound the highway, and a stretch of road between Cave Rock Tunnel and the junction of U.S. 50 and S.R. 28 was in need of repair...
Case Studies February 20, 2015

The city of Lowell, Mass., is cutting salt use by installing a new electronic spreader control system on its snowplow trucks. 

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Over the last three fiscal years, the city of Lowell, Mass., cut road salt use by 30% when measured in tons per inch of snow. 

Before installing electronic spreader controls on its snowplow trucks, the Lowell, Mass., Department of Public Works (DPW) was applying tons of salt on city streets for each winter storm. “Our operators would typically set their existing manual spreaders to maximum and go, putting down about 1,000...
Funding News February 20, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) this week announced that it is preparing to spend $232 million to address roads and bridges that have sustained significant, emergent damage as a result of recent storms. As part of the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Fund program, the...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS Article February 19, 2015
In February the U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it would begin taking steps to require vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology that will significantly reduce the number of crashes on our nation’s roadways by enabling real-time communication...
Concrete Case Studies February 19, 2015

This image shows the placement of TechCrete into a cavity that has been sawed and blown clean with compressed air. 

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This image depicts a repair after the surface has been diamond-ground.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is always on the lookout for durable solutions for pavement preservation. Degradation caused by natural forces, traffic and other means is a continual challenge for keepers of the infrastructure—they need to treat defects such as surface spalling, panel...
Traffic Management Article February 19, 2015
To assist the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in meeting the challenges of a $2 billion reconstruction of I-35 in central Texas, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) has designed, deployed and implemented an advanced construction traveler information system to keep the public...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS Article February 19, 2015
While Phoenix-area residents eagerly await the completion of a major extension of the city’s light-rail system, known as the Northwest Extension, they can use an application developed by the project’s joint venture contractors to stay connected with local businesses and get project updates. The...
Traffic Management Article February 19, 2015
We’ve all heard the saying a picture is worth 1,000 words, even if it’s unclear who determined that value proposition. No one has determined the universal value of a video yet, but for the Melrose Park (Ill.) Police Department, it’s apparently $100.  That was the price of the ticket I got for...
Traffic Management Article February 19, 2015
2014 has seen a government and auto industry cooperative effort to develop connected vehicles (CV), which may well lead to an explosion in public attention to intelligent transportation systems (ITS). According to Thomas Kern, interim president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of...
Article February 19, 2015
 News analysts and political pundits often refer to “nation building” abroad as a way to protect national security here at home. As a retired U.S. Army noncommissioned officer, I couldn’t agree more. But as a current general manager and CEO of one of the country’s largest public transportation...
Funding News February 19, 2015
With 2015 now fully under way, states across the country are rapidly gearing up budgets for the coming years, all of which must address the pervasive infrastructure problems plaguing the nation at large. While plans and proposals vary depending on the specific needs and demands of each given state...
News February 17, 2015
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced on Feb. 17 that construction of a new flyover bridge as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on March 7.   The start of the project, which involves building a new bridge...
News February 17, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx kicked off his Grow America tour in Tallahassee, Fla., the morning of Feb. 17.   The five-state bus ride is aimed at making the public more aware of the need to modernize by restoring and renovating road, bridges and transit systems. It also will be a way...
Asphalt Products February 17, 2015
StrataBase is a rigid biaxial geogrid that provides structural reinforcement for paved and unpaved roads through superior stiffness, aperture stability and interlock capabilities. StrataBase is used for base reinforcement for flexible pavements; subgrade and foundation improvement; parking areas...
Asphalt Products February 17, 2015
StrataWeb provides three-dimensional soil reinforcement and solves problems associated with load support over soft soils, erosion on steep slopes and the linings of lagoons, drainage channels and landfills. Applications involving slopes as steep as 60 degrees from horizontal can be achieved with...
Asphalt Products February 17, 2015
The patented Sleeve-It System (rail integration device) is a code-compliant fencepost anchoring system that integrates stable fence footings into the support structures of retaining walls while the retaining walls are being constructed. Sleeve-It maximizes useable real estate at the top of a...
Asphalt Products February 17, 2015
StrataTex (STSeries) is a needle-punched nonwoven geotextile made of 100% polypropylene staple fibers, which are formed into a random network for dimensional stability, and StrataTex (SWSeries) geotextile fabrics are woven polypropylene materials offering optimum performance when used in...
Asphalt Products February 17, 2015
StrataDrain is a high-flow, fusion-bonded, geonet-geotextile drainage composite. It is used primarily as a sheet interceptor drain behind retaining walls and as an internal interceptor drain for reinforced steep slopes. The strength and uniformity of the fusion bond between StrataDrain's layers...
Asphalt Products February 17, 2015
Stratagrid geogrids reinforce soil with their high molecular weight and high tenacity polyester yarn. They are mechanically and chemically durable—in the installation phase, in aggressive soil or in aqueous environments. Stratagrid was designed to be a reinforcement material that is easy to install...

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