WSDOT snow bridge

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Bridge Construction News November 17, 2017
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) workers completed a second avalanche bridge on I-90 this past week in an 8-year effort to increase safety... more
Champlain bridge foundations
Bridge Construction Case Studies November 17, 2017
The new Champlain Bridge spanning 3.4 km over the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Brossard, Quebec, is being constructed alongside the current aging... more
Minneapolis Metro Transit to limit Super Bowl LRT use to ticket holders
Transit News November 16, 2017
With Super Bowl LII less than three months away, planning is well in process, and one aspect of that planning—public light rail transit service—is causing... more
FHWA National Roadway Safety Award winners announced
Safety News November 16, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Roadway Safety Foundation have announced this year’s nine National Roadway Safety Award winners, which... more
Traffic & Transit State of the Industry survey
Transportation Management News November 15, 2017
Each year, we send to you our annual State of the Industry survey, in effort to gauge your viewpoint and opinion of the ITS segment of the road and bridge... more
Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
Road Construction News November 15, 2017
Iowa drivers are presently paying 10 cents more per gallon than they did just a few years ago, and while tax increases are no friend to most political... more
Safety Videos November 14, 2017
3M's goal is to continue to help improve safety through enhanced infrastructure for both human drivers and automated vehicles.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to open up its US 23 Flex Route system.

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Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News November 14, 2017
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to open up its US 23 Flex Route system.   Flex Route is a lane-control system that employs cameras and... more
The Downtown Tampa Autonomous Transit Project will be funded by the Florida Department of Transportation
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News November 14, 2017
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) recently selected the Stantec/Coast Autonomous team to provide autonomous mobility services for the... more
crane

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Cranes News November 13, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule last week that delayed its deadline for crane operators to be certified by one... more
Editorial/Commentary News November 13, 2017
A new transportation funding formula is needed in tax reform. Also: California voters want to repeal gas tax increase; driverless vehicles are being tested on... more
RB fall web exclusive
Editorial/Commentary News November 13, 2017
Roads & Bridges has released an exclusive e-book available to our readership on the web this fall with the cover title "Project Reports: Alternative Action... more
Uber loses appeal bid in U.K. to overturn workers’ rights decision
Ridesharing Services News November 10, 2017
Uber lost its bid this week to overturn a decision by U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), which determined that the company’ drivers deserved workers’... more
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
Road Construction News November 10, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has put a halt on contract letting for its 30 Crossing project due to a complication in the verbiage... more
Column repair S.C.
Reinforcement Concrete Case Studies November 09, 2017
In June of 2016, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) was in the midst of building a new interchange at the intersection of I-85/I-385 in... more
Transit
Transit News November 09, 2017
Nearly 90% of all public transportation initiatives were approved by voters across the United States this year. In the Nov. 7th election, seven of eight... more
MnDOT roundabout
Road Design News November 08, 2017
According to a new study released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the state’s nearly 200 roundabouts are reducing serious injuries and... more
Cranes
Cranes Case Studies November 08, 2017
A nearly decade-long federal push to upgrade railroad tracks and bring high-speed rail service between the Midwest metropolises of Chicago and St. Louis is... more
Autonomous vehicle systems
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News November 07, 2017
Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has signed an agreement with GoMentum Station to test autonomous vehicle technology at the 5,000-acre autonomous vehicle... more
carpooling app
Ridesharing Services News November 06, 2017
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) has announced an expanded partnership with Scoop Technologies.   CCTA will utilize its transportation demand... more
FHWA National Roadway Safety Award winners announced
Safety News November 16, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Roadway Safety Foundation have announced this year’s nine National Roadway Safety Award winners, which represent the nation’s best examples of innovation in highway safety. The biennial competition, which began in 1999, is an acknowledgement of...
Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
Road Construction News November 15, 2017
Iowa drivers are presently paying 10 cents more per gallon than they did just a few years ago, and while tax increases are no friend to most political leaderships, in Iowa benefits are already being realized.   The state’s gas tax hike has produced an extra $515 million for state and local...
Traffic & Transit State of the Industry survey
Transportation Management News November 15, 2017
Each year, we send to you our annual State of the Industry survey, in effort to gauge your viewpoint and opinion of the ITS segment of the road and bridge construction industry.   However, more often than not, this survey goes unanswered. This year, we are hoping that will be different. Our new...
crane

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Cranes News November 13, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule last week that delayed its deadline for crane operators to be certified by one year until Nov. 10, 2018.   OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely...
Editorial/Commentary News November 13, 2017
A new transportation funding formula is needed in tax reform. Also: California voters want to repeal gas tax increase; driverless vehicles are being tested on Phoenix streets; and repairs will be made to Buck O'Neil Bridge in Kansas City while officials figure out a way to fund a new bridge. For...
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
Road Construction News November 10, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has put a halt on contract letting for its 30 Crossing project due to a complication in the verbiage describing the purpose and aim of the project, one that AKDOT says will preclude federal funding of projects in the region.   According to the...
MnDOT roundabout
Road Design News November 08, 2017
According to a new study released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the state’s nearly 200 roundabouts are reducing serious injuries and saving lives.   Minnesota built its first roundabout in 1995 in Brooklyn Park. Since then, MnDOT as well as the state’s counties and cities...
Editorial/Commentary News November 06, 2017
An editorial is exactly what an editorial is . . . an opinion, and I will talk politics. Also, the GOP tax plan would effect bonding; the FHWA reopens pilot program to allow tolling on existing interstates; TxDOT to add capacity on U.S. 183; and MoDOT's solar road program is on hold. To hear the...
Federal UAV pilot program to expand drone use
Bridge Inspection News October 26, 2017
President Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao have announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program, an initiative aimed at exploring expanded use of drones. The new program will allow companies and local governments to use drones in ways that the Federal Aviation...
NIOSH

Image source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Safety News October 23, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released interim enforcement guidance for its Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, which is to be enforced in full on Oct. 23.   The guidance was issued Oct. 19 in a memorandum to OSHA regional administrators from...
podcast
Editorial/Commentary News October 23, 2017
States hope to cash in on VW's cheating; I-95 Coalition to test mileage-based user fees on trucks; Kansas City wants all the money for a bridge replacement; Canada wants the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit down; and more. For the latest podcast, click here.  
tc3 mobile app
Safety Products October 23, 2017
TC3's mobile app provides users a seamless way to locate the online training they need while providing mobile training resources technicians can use in the field. It provides mobile access to onsite job aids, up-to-date news, materials and resources, course listings provided by TC3. The purpose of...
Safety News October 19, 2017
TC3 has launched its improved mobile app, which is available for Android and iOS. The new app provides on-the-job aids; up-to-date news, materials and resources; and course listings. The goal of the TC3 is to improve the quality of construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of the transportation...
NAPA
Asphalt News October 18, 2017
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) recently released a statement in response to a study published by the journal Nature Climate Change which suggested modern asphalt roads were not equipped to withstand climate change.   Roads & Bridges reported on the study last month. The...
work-zone safety
Safety News October 18, 2017
In a new study funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, researchers at the University of Minnesota investigated the potential advantages and possible disadvantages of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) in-vehicle messages to communicate to drivers traveling in work zones.   The...
Traffic management
Construction Planning News October 17, 2017
The city of San Antonio’s transportation committee approved an $83.5 million package that will be presented to members of the city council sometime this year.   Assistant Director of Transportation and Capital Improvements Art Reinhart briefed the committee on the seven projects that would be...
Brian Budzynski
Editorial/Commentary Article October 12, 2017
Recently U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a series of updated federal guidelines aimed at smoothing the path toward getting more autonomous vehicles on the road for testing and deployment. The guidelines were designed to preclude what Secretary Chao characterized as a “patchwork...
Jim Barbaresso
Editorial/Commentary Article October 12, 2017
Two main components of becoming a Smart City are the seamless sharing of data and leveraging emerging and innovative technology.   Generally speaking, emerging technology might include developments in the electrical grid to support smart street lighting and electric vehicle charging. It might be...
IDOT survey crew member

IDOT survey crew member surveying intersection with 3-D scanner out of the path of live traffic. Photo courtesy of IDOT. 

Safety Article October 11, 2017
In April 2010, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) published a research document titled Evaluation of 3-D Laser Scanning for Construction Application. The objective of this research was to study how 3-D laser scanning technology could be...
Virginia DOT to perform geological testing at Natural Bridge State Park
Bridges News October 05, 2017
As part of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) work with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation at Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County, a geological analysis is being performed on the formation known as Natural Bridge, atop which runs Route 11.   VDOT...
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