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Case Studies August 01, 2014
Road departure devices
The city of Varenne, Québec, is on a mission to improve the safety of Canadian highways while saving taxpayer dollars. After recently completing a bridge replacement project on Autoroute 30, the city of Varenne decided to upgrade already-installed road departure devices.   Many contractors,...
News October 18, 2013
The Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee last night approved a proposal for a new $1.3 billion toll road between Illinois and Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported.   The Illiana Expressway will be good for economic development and jobs in Illinois, according Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn...
News July 15, 2013
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and Gov. Chris Christie broke ground last week on the $265 million project to rebuild portions of Route 35 battered by Hurricane Sandy last fall. Officials expect the full project to be completed by summer 2015.   Route 35 spans parts of nine...
Article August 14, 2012
For years, the BNSF railroad track in Frisco, Texas, has been a line of demarcation. Most commercial development is east of the tracks; everything to the west is largely residential. But a new six-lane thoroughfare is about to break through that barrier, spreading increased mobility and the...
Article August 14, 2012
The Edina-Richfield Interceptor Improvements project is an exemplary story of multiple agencies cooperating to solve widely varying problems. The project satisfied diverse constituencies and saved money in the process. It also exemplifies the application of design flexibility by planners and...
Article August 14, 2012
The Delmar Loop in the historic urban core of St. Louis is experiencing a wave of revitalization thanks to the efforts of local business, government and community members working together to revive and renew the area, both physically and economically. To further this revitalization effort, local...
Article August 05, 2011
Despite more than tripling in population over the last 30 years, the town of Matthews, nestled just outside of Charlotte on the southeastern edge of Mecklenburg County, N.C., has managed to preserve its allure as a small town retreat from the big and bustling city.   In recent years, Matthews has...
Article August 05, 2011
While most of Florida’s cities are a mash-up of suburbs and exurbs, and are suffering economically, Gainesville has a planned, small-town feel to it and is experiencing a revival.   Part of its design and revitalization is due to the influence of its urban core and economic engine, the University...
Article June 10, 2011
On a highway, driving side by side is nothing noteworthy. On the banked turns of a NASCAR oval, side-by-side driving is the subject of careful engineering.   The pavement at Phoenix International Raceway had reached the end of its useful life, so the racetrack’s owner, International Speedway Corp...
Article March 10, 2011
Every state is feeling the crunch: too many projects, not enough funding and lack of experienced staff.   However, while funding may be tight for many years to come, performance contracting provides a solution whereby owner agencies form cost-effective, results-focused partnerships with the...
Article February 10, 2011
The Dalles-California Highway, also known as U.S. 97, is central Oregon’s busiest highway, running north-south through the entire length of central Oregon east of the Cascade Mountain range.   Along the way it bisects the city of Bend, Ore., (pop. 82,000). Just south of Bend, the highway passes...
Article October 01, 2010
Parsons RCI Inc. has to dig deep to construct the U.S. 95 Sand Creek Byway. Not because the project demanded all of the company’s resources, but because the soils were so unstable. The project required 798,000 cu yd of excavation.   “In northern Idaho they have a lot of questionable soils. They’re...
Article August 02, 2010
Much of the industrial world’s transportation infrastructure has reached a critical state of deterioration at a time when revenues to fund its replacement are scarce. Against that backdrop the National Lime Association (NLA) funded a comprehensive two-year hot-mix asphalt (HMA) study. The study...
Article August 02, 2010
With over 400 miles of Atlantic coastline, Florida has almost as many seaside towns as spring breakers at a Daytona Beach bikini contest. Vilano Beach, a quaint area just north of historic St. Augustine and separated from that town by an inlet, was developed in the 1920s and often dubbed that city’...
Article August 02, 2010
Long before the federal government announced its policy shift to foster sustainable communities, the city of Charlotte, N.C., along with a handful of other U.S. urban centers, was establishing its own “livability” principles to foster the concept of sustainable communities. For the past three years...
Article August 02, 2010
Beginning in June 2010, the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Engineering began the reconstruction of the Wacker Drive interchange with Congress Parkway. The project, estimated at $75 million, will reconstruct all roads, tunnels and landscaping, as well as replace or...
Article July 15, 2010
British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is tackling a traffic nightmare. Congestion is part of any urban area, but the Vancouver area’s complex river system, including the Fraser River and its arms, the Pitt River and Burrard Inlet, poses unique challenges, since multiple...
Article July 15, 2010
Contractor's Choice Awards Gold Medal Winner - Compaction Caterpillar CS56 Fuzz Bates, vice president of Weaver Brothers Construction of Concord, N.H., is familiar with the challenges of New England’s unpredictable weather. “We’ve been building roads in New Hampshire for 65 years—we’ve seen it all...
Article July 15, 2010
Contractor's Choice Awards Gold Medal Winner - Concrete Pavers GOMACO Commander III A new 2-mile-long, four-lane road is being built in the city of Honolulu on Hawaii’s Oahu island. New roadway construction of this size for the island state is very uncommon. Most road projects are replacement or...
Article March 26, 2010
Turnpikes had their heyday in the 1950s, but the model of a quasi-public entity constructing and operating a highway facility could stage a comeback, according to some sources in the industry. Most turnpike authorities have historically been quasi-public agencies. One advantage they have is that...
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