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Article October 07, 2014
When concrete is in the doghouse, tender loving care is at an all-time high.   It is perhaps the most critical point in the entire pour, one where all elements join together and attempt to harmonize. Those involved in the Elizabeth River Crossing project, which is this year’s No. 1 on the Roads...
Article October 07, 2014
So far the master plan is going according to plan.   Since commencing the I-405 Master Plan in 2002—which looks to ease congestion on one of Washington state’s busiest roadways—the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has completed 13 of the 150 total projects, all on schedule and...
Article October 07, 2014
The goal of the Highway 12 Jameson Canyon Road project was to widen two sections of Highway 12, a heavily traveled road connecting the Highway 80 corridor to Napa and the northern counties of California.   The road was open throughout all phases of construction, which made the project all the more...
Article October 07, 2014
Few things discourage people from living in an area more than a noisy neighborhood.   That was the situation in Delta and Surrey, B.C., at the end of 2010. Situated roughly 30 km southeast of Vancouver, the province’s second- and third-largest cities were seeing a lot of truck traffic on local...
Article October 07, 2014
Covering 10 city blocks and 3,800 linear ft of roadway, the Bagby Street Greenroads Project was effectively the first of its kind in Texas. Bagby Street is a one-way major collector that connects downtown Houston to southbound U.S. 59, and is one of the rapidly developing corridors of Midtown...
Article September 09, 2014
In July, the Northeast Anthony Henday Project, the final leg of the new ring road around Edmonton, Alberta, reached its halfway point.   The massive project includes the construction of 17 miles of six- and eight-lane divided roadway and 47 bridge structures, including 37 highway bridges and...
Article September 09, 2014
The recent redesign of a disjointed section of the Arborway through Boston’s Forest Hills/Jamaica Plain neighborhoods became a transformative endeavor, as an army of designers, consultants, government agencies and stakeholder groups worked for months to strike a balance between livability and...
Article August 05, 2014
Access into Louisville, Ky., from Indiana has long been limited to two interstate bridges and one local-access bridge.   The Kennedy Bridge (I-65) provides direct access through downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. Traffic has long exceeded the bridge’s capacity. Earlier attempts to...
Article August 05, 2014
They needed a weekend to think it over.   In preparation for the demolition of the Ontario Street ramp, which spanned the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) in Chicago, prime contractor Paschen and subcontractor Omega Demolition were bracing for a series of separate closures on one of the most prime...
Article August 05, 2014
Ybor City, located northeast of Tampa’s downtown, is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida.   Red brick buildings, wrought iron balconies and narrow brick streets give it an old-world charm that is a refreshing contrast from the area’s Gulf beaches and gleam of the city’s...
Article August 05, 2014
Change is coming to Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue, and the Spanish explorer would have been proud to see a street named after him leading a movement into the future.   Starting in mid-2016—or so the project team hopes—this major east-west corridor on the city’s northeast side will begin its...
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 January 26, 2010
Public agency project owners often seek innovation from the private sector to help reduce project costs and add technical enhancements. Many project owners have had success by allowing proposers to incorporate alternative technical concepts (ATCs) into their proposals. The Intercounty Connector (...
Article December 16, 2009
New technologies and data analysis methods, many of them developed over the past 10 years or so, are helping to give geotechnical engineers working on projects with road planners new options in how they design their roadways. It is now possible to safely make deeper, steeper rock cuts, and in some...
Article July 14, 2009
One summer day in 2007, motorists in eastern Colorado Springs were in for a change on their morning commute. Their busy expressway, known as Powers Boulevard, had suddenly sprouted signs indicating that it was a state highway. The apparent overnight change was, of course, years in the making, the...
Article December 02, 2008
The Marquette Interchange, which links nearly one-third of Wisconsin’s freeway traffic to the rest of the country, is undergoing a facelift that will allow the roadway system to accommodate the 300,000 vehicles that travel it each day, as well as make it an important cog in the urban renaissance...
Article October 21, 2008
In 1956, the all-brick Front Street in downtown Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in Louisiana and the Louisiana Purchase territory, was scheduled to be asphalted over. A group of determined women was not about to let that happen to the historic street. The group, which was probably the...
Article October 21, 2008
Fifty years ago, S.R. 309, which runs through the heavily developed suburban Montgomery County, Pa., represented the state of the art in highway construction. By the time planning and reconstruction started in 1993, it was in danger of being left behind, like the former shell-home of a hermit crab...
Article October 21, 2008
Nothing was to be hit hard on the ground or in the air—and the local Little League was cool with it. So were hundreds of thousands of commuters and residents. The South Bay Expressway project, which ran through San Diego and Chula Vista, Calif., tiptoed around one of the most environmentally...
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