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Public Transportation News April 10, 2015
More than 70 people gathered at the Alabama State House steps earlier this week to call on state and federal leaders to provide a stable and sustainable source of public transportation funding. This gathering was held in advance of the Alabama Transit Symposium, which now is under way.   Rev....
News April 09, 2015
Beginning April 9 through April 17, Illinois motorists are invited to go online and vote for the roadway safety messages they would like to see most on electronic roadway signs across the Illinois Tollway. The top 15 suggestions already submitted by Tollway drivers in the safety message contest can...
News April 09, 2015
A U.S. DOT pilot program that would allow state and local transportation agencies to utilize local hiring preferences on federal-aid highway and transit projects will increase costs, decrease competition and could actually result in less frequent hiring of minorities and women, according to the...
Road Construction News April 09, 2015
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) laid out a proposed plan to include a new section of South Loop 335 in Amarillo, Texas.  The new section of the loop would span about 7.8 miles and would include a four-lane section with a provision to expand to six lanes.   Transportation studies show...
Road Construction News April 08, 2015
Construction began on a $318 million highway bypass project in Boulder City, Nev. that will connect Las Vegas and Phoenix via Interstate 11.     With a completion date forecasted for 2018, the project is expected to create 4,000 jobs and reduce travel time between Las Vegas and Phoenix by 30...
Bridge Rescue News April 07, 2015
If Michigan officials cannot get their hands on a funding solution soon, all they will be able to do is cross their fingers for the next two years.   The I-75 bridge over the Rouge River, which carries 115,000 cars daily and is a major route going in and out of Detroit, has been placed on the...
Bridges News April 07, 2015
According to data from the New York State Department of Transportation, 164 vehicles struck bridges last year in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island. More than 250 trucks driving in New York City either illegally entered parkways or hit overpasses during 2013 and 2014.   The state of...
News April 07, 2015
Some promising news out of Washington this past week: according to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday, the transportation sector gained 9,500 jobs in March as the U.S. economy overall missed employment expectations.   The department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4...
Asphalt Article April 06, 2015

The AR seal trials were applied at temperatures exceeding 340°F.

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The pilot program specifications had crews applying six distinct product combinations on designated portions of S.R. 36, 44 and 95.

One type of seal coat is hot-applied chip seal, which includes placing a spray of hot asphalt binder followed by a layer of crushed stone. The aggregates are then rolled and embedded into the binder. The chip seals seal the existing pavement surface, extend its service life and provide a solid...
Bridges Article April 06, 2015

The Ithaca, N.Y., bridge is registered in the National Register of Historic Places; its original truss steel dates from the Model T era and had a 15-ton load restriction.

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The steel multigirder superstructure allowed the removal of weight restrictions while preserving the historic flavor of the original truss structure. Moreover, three bays carry water, sewer and gas lines between Cornell University and the Forest Home community.

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The Cayuga Heights Fire Department celebrated the completion of the new bridge by sending its heaviest fire truck across Fall Creek when the bridge opened to traffic.

In the late 19th/early 20th century, there was a boom in truss bridge construction—one of the oldest types of today’s modern bridges.   However, as vehicles got bigger, loads got heavier and traffic increased over the years, many of the truss bridges from that era became structurally deficient and...
DOT in Crisis Article April 06, 2015
In January of this year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued a report stipulating that despite lower crude oil prices, production of crude oil is not expected to decline; to the contrary, it is expected to grow.   The agency is anticipating nationwide crude oil production to...
Law Article April 06, 2015
The Pay-if-Paid clause is widely used in the construction industry and essentially eliminates a prime contractor’s liability for payments to subcontractors in the event the owner does not pay the prime.   These clauses are generally enforced although a few states have, either by statute or legal...
Bridge Rescue News April 06, 2015
Like many states, Louisiana is facing a transportation-funding crisis. However, not every state has a bridge problem accelerating quite like this.   According to a recent report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), Louisiana is one of 10 states with more structurally deficient...
Public Transportation News April 06, 2015
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) “Muni Forward” program, which has been in offing for several years but until now has withstood numerous delays due to budget cuts and the Great Recession, is now primed for implementation, according to Muni officials.   Deployment is...
Road Construction News April 06, 2015
The WestConnect Corridor Coalition, a newly formed transportation coalition, plans to move forward with several Denver-area highway projects.   The purpose of coalition is to develop a comprehensive and coordinated plan that will be used to inform Jefferson County, Colo. residents about the...
Retaining Walls Case Studies April 03, 2015

CENTRA chose a Redi-Rock reinforced retaining wall to upgrade its bus depot facilities and create more space for parking.

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The Redi-Rock Cobbestone texture was used for this project. 

THE CHALLENGE: Along U.S. Route 50 in Clarksburg, W.Va., stood a decaying, unusable bus depot. This depot was located adjacent to a bridge, with access into the depot coming directly off the bridge.   In 2014, the Central West Virginia Transit Authority (CENTRA) needed to upgrade its bus depot...
Funding News April 03, 2015
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a transportation budget that will target highway work and is expected to pay for 96,000 jobs over the next two years.   The bill will act as a spending blueprint for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).   Maintaining infrastructure is important, Kasich said,...
Bridge Rescue News April 03, 2015
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has announced a proposed $4.9 billion capital program for the fiscal year 2016 that directs $2.8 billion toward NJDOT and other agency investments and $2.1 billion toward statewide transit improvements.   “This proposed program will enable NJDOT...
Funding News April 02, 2015
Ohio Governor John Kasich this week signed a multi-billion dollar transportation budget that is intended to spur hiring, increase driver safety measures and programs, and allow new payment options for license renewals. A blueprint for the next two fiscal years, the bill also earmarks monies for...
Traffic Management News April 01, 2015
Riders on Miami-Dade County’s transit group pay about $1 million in fares every 72 hours, but that’s not enough to compensate for the $1.5 million daily operation cost.   This daily operational deficit highlights the precarious state of the U.S. public transit funding.  For Miami-Dade County, and...

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