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Asphalt Article April 28, 2015

In all, 232,000 tons of asphalt base and surface mixes were paved and compacted along the 6.2-mile stretch of Kentucky’s Highway 60.

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Antigo Construction Inc. fractured the 10-in.-thick concrete pavement prior to receiving the overlay to minimize the occurrence of reflective cracking.

The stretch of U.S. Highway 60 connecting Lexington to Kentucky’s capital, Frankfort, carries many high-profile commuters.   State lawmakers take the route for their work; celebrities can be spotted on their way to take in horse racing; and “many Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employees travel...
Asphalt Article April 28, 2015

The objective of this study was to evaluate how increasing the volume of virgin binder, using a softer grade of virgin binder or using a WMA chemical additive affected the durability and performance of RAP mixtures. 

Using reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in asphalt mixtures can provide significant economic savings to contractors and highway agencies by reducing the demand for both the virgin binder and aggregates in asphalt mixtures.   Unfortunately, some highway agencies are reluctant to increase RAP content...
Asphalt Article April 28, 2015
Limited dollars must be spent wisely, and public agencies must ensure they are giving their customers—the driving public—the best performance possible for their tax dollars.   We in the asphalt industry are full partners in this effort. Last year, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)...
News April 28, 2015
The Minnesota Senate passed a bill that will fund the state’s road and bridge repairs by raising the gas tax.  The newly approved bill would add 6.5% tax on fuel, which is expected to raise more than $400 million for 2016, and more than $6 billion over the next ten years.   Senate lawmakers voted...
Funding News April 28, 2015
In effort to rectify its suffering state transportation trust fund, NJ Transit is looking north—to Canada—for an infusion of $300 million. The loan would bind the gap between paying for federal grant-covered projects and the actual receipt of that grant money.     “This would authorize NJ Transit...
Bridge Rescue News April 27, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will begin collecting new data that will help the agency more closely monitor bridge conditions throughout the nation. Beginning this month, state departments of transportation will provide the new data...
Funding News April 27, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) said Americans drove 221.1 billion miles in February, a 2.8 percent increase from February 2014. This trend is part of a rising demand and need for greater investment in transportation infrastructure.   "As traffic volume continues to grow nationwide, so...
Funding News April 27, 2015
The Vermont Senate late last week passed a $562 million transportation budget for the coming fiscal year, aimed at delivering aggressive road and bridge improvements across the state.    While the new budget represents a $55 million cut against current-year funding, officials have characterized the...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News April 27, 2015
The board of directors of Metra has approved a significant step toward satisfying the U.S. Congress’s 2008 mandate for Positive Train Control system implementation. The $80 million contract with Parsons Transportation Group reflects Metra’s request from the group to develop a “system integrator,”...
Funding News April 24, 2015
It has been a challenging year for the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, but a new report from an expert review panel states improvements have been made.     The team of experts, brought in by Washington state lawmakers, presented its report of the tunnel replacement project to the...
Law News April 24, 2015
There is nothing new about the actions of government at any level being, to the average citizen, head-scratching. In North Carolina it seems many folks are scratching themselves bald, after the approval and then removal of Senate Bill 539, a measure linked to 2014’s budget law that stipulated a...
Maintenance Case Studies April 23, 2015

Murphy Concrete and Construction manages a large fleets of equipment.

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Fleet maintenance and management was a major concern for the company at their Appleton, Wis., facility.

Murphy Concrete and Construction is a third-generation, family owned heavy civil contracting business based in Appleton, Wis., that has been involved in asphalt construction for more than 33 years, providing materials to customers through their aggregate quarries, as well as constructing many of...
Safety Videos April 23, 2015
Site-Safe Truck Sales provides sales and delivery of quality, contractor rugged and proven TMA Trucks throughout the U.S.
Safety News April 23, 2015
The North Carolina House Transportation Committee approved a bill that would spare drivers the $250 penalty for speeding through highway work zones when no construction workers are present.   The bill faced criticism from state officials who feel that it would further endanger the lives of highway...
Public Transportation News April 23, 2015
Despite the proliferation of federal-level support for public transit system Amtrak, one state looks to pull back on its investment. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget would cut 40% of the state’s funding for Amtrak services. This measure has been characterized as one of several...
Public Transportation News April 22, 2015
  Some unfortunate news out of New Jersey: NJ TRANSIT has issued proposals aimed at addressing a $60 million budget gap that call for, among other measures, fare hikes and service reductions.   Fare increases would affect both rail and bus routes. The proposed monthly rate for the Metropark to New...
Funding News April 22, 2015
  In a time of unique and often persistent economic challenges, the state of Michigan has, of late, seen steady improvement following the Great Recession. However, according to a recent report produced and issued by TRIP, that recovery may be hamstrung by a manifold increase in road deterioration,...
News April 21, 2015
Despite the failing condition, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is still going to hit the road.   With a $31 billion program coming to an end, and Illinois roads crumbling at an accelerated rate, Rauner will embark on a “listening tour” in an attempt to pass a new transportation bill before lawmakers...
Public Transportation News April 20, 2015
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system, with the financial backing of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the form of $26 million in federal TIGER grants, has begun operating a 1.6-mile streetcar route that is, according to DART, “a starter line [that] traverses the Trinity River corridor...

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