August 02, 2018
The U.S. Senate took action this week to send millions of dollars to Ohio for transportation and infrastructure projects.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the bill's passage in a news release Wednesday afternoon.
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill...
August 01, 2018
Montgomery County, Va., officials have crafted a proposal to extend the Virginia Smart Road to I-81, creating a new highway link to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
The $215 million plan, which now goes before Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) for consideration, would more than...
July 26, 2018
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has plans to build a new highway in northeast El Paso.
Officials said the Northeast Parkway will help create an alternate route to get drivers from east to west El Paso and vice versa.
The highway would split at Loop 375 just before Railroad Drive...
July 18, 2018
Nearly 39% of asphalt pavement mixture produced in 2017 was produced as warm-mix asphalt at reduced temperatures, which decreases energy demands, reduces air emissions, and improves compaction at cooler temperatures, according to the latest survey report from the National Asphalt Pavement...
July 09, 2018
A massive $110 million road construction project kicks off Monday on a 9-mile stretch of I-94 in the Jackson, Mich., area.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to reconstruct 1.4 miles of freeway between Lansing Avenue and Elm Road, resurface 3.5 miles between Lansing Avenue and...
July 05, 2018
Since 2006, adjustable manhole risers have been just right for a project detail that had previously been a bit of a hassle for E.T. Simonds Construction Company in Carbondale, Ill. “We do all sorts of road-related work, and of course we do a lot of paving jobs that require the raising of manholes...
July 05, 2018
ODOT was able to merge 25 years of road and bridge work into just four due to innovative financing.
A fantastic fury
Bill Wilson, Editorial Director
Located in northwest Ohio, the city of Toledo has just as many University of Michigan devotees as it does Ohio State University fans.
The area is used to times of fury, but non-stop for four years straight? Hard to imagine, but it is all...
July 05, 2018
Drivers judge the quality of a roadway primarily by its ride quality. As a result, the primary motivation behind specifications for initial smoothness (construction acceptance) is generally driver satisfaction, or functional performance.
There is evidence, however, that smoother pavements also...
July 05, 2018
Improvements to I-80 were deemed critical in a regional transportation proposal by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).
The agency’s “On to 2050" Transportation Plan also placed the proposed Illiana toll road on the back burner. The updated plan calls for $72.7 billion in...
July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
June 28, 2018
Image: U.S. PIRG
A new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group identifies nine wasteful highway expansion projects across the country, slated collectively to cost at least $30 billion.
The report details how most highway expansions fail to solve congestion, saddle states with crippling debt, and...
June 26, 2018
On April 7, a significant landslide resulted in the closure of Pennsylvania S.R. 30 in Allegheny County. The route is a principal artery to Pittsburgh and supports more than 22,000 vehicles per day. The slide demolished one apartment building, severely damaged another, and impacted a single-family...
June 21, 2018
Image: Arizona DOT
A road improvement project along 17 miles of S.R. 88 east of Phoenix is expected to be completed by the end of summer, according to Arizona state officials.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) said that the $6.5 million project focuses on roads beginning 3 miles east of Apache...
June 20, 2018
The city of Toledo, Ohio, announced Tuesday it would contribute up to $1 million toward the I-475/U.S. 23 interchange at Dorr Street.
City officials said this project serves as a corridor to new commerce and transportation. The money will come from Toledo's capital improvement fund. Workers would...
June 15, 2018
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials are looking to reopen a stretch of SH 1 in the Big Sur coastal region this summer that was blocked last year by a massive landslide.
The road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco was projected to open in mid-September but Caltrans...
June 11, 2018
The Interstate 90 Bridge over the Mississippi River between La Crosse, Wis., and La Crescent, Minn., is a heavily used commuter route and part of the longest interstate highway—I-90—in the country, spanning from coast to coast and providing important commercial and defense infrastructure for the...
June 05, 2018
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is looking into ways it could shave two or more years off the I-440 reconstruction at Nashville if it closes road segments rather than following traditional construction methods.
TDOT says it plans to explore an option in which only one segment of...
June 05, 2018
I-74 Mississippi River Bridge, Bettendorf/Davenport, Iowa, and Moline, Ill.: This $1.2 billion project has now begun, and the project timeline looks to make major progress before the weather turns icy at year’s end. Within the river, all 279 drilled shafts will be completed and the westbound bridge...
June 04, 2018
The time has come to submit your entries for Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Roads awards for 2018. The deadline to enter a project for consideration is June 22.
All entered projects must be in the design, construction or completion phase over the last 18 months, and past winners are ineligible. For...
May 31, 2018
Home to Birmingham, and more than 660,000 residents, Jefferson County is Alabama’s most populous county. The sewer network the county maintains includes 3,600 miles of pipe and 80,000 manholes. That last figure represents a sizable amount of annual maintenance; though manholes themselves are...