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... more
Alabama DSRC
V2I News October 23, 2017
Advanced technology to make traveling safer and more efficient is the focus of a new project led by the University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of... more
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;... more
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... more
ConceptStation
Bridge Design Case Studies October 19, 2017
Constructed in the 1960s with a stacked design and double-decker bridge sections to accommodate topography constraints, the existing I-84/SR-8 interchange... more
Road Construction Videos October 19, 2017
The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project is a P3 effort involving reconstruction and expansion of a 21-mile stretch of I-4 that moves into the heart of Orlando,... more
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... more
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... more
Signage Videos October 17, 2017
3M digital printing solutions offer you the tools you need to make every day more efficient.
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... more
Editorial/Commentary News October 16, 2017
I've been called a lot of things, but don't ever call me fake news. NAPA's take on research that said asphalt pavements were not strong enough to handle... more
Survey
Road Construction News October 16, 2017
The team at Roads & Bridges invites all our readership to participate in our annual State of the Industry survey. We want to hear your perspective on the... more
U.S. Highway 51 bridge
Editorial/Commentary Article October 16, 2017
In March 2016, a flood event severely damaged the U.S. Highway 51 Bridge over the Coldwater River in Tate County, Miss. The bridge was scheduled for... more
Saferoads WA tests
Safety Case Studies October 13, 2017
Saferoads Australia, located near Melbourne in the state of Victoria, provides road safety solutions to Australia, New Zealand and the international road... more
traffic safety
Traffic Safety News October 13, 2017
In order to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious crashes, a number of agencies have come together to implement The Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan,... more
U.S. DOT
Funding News October 12, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) last week announced $15.5 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to six states... more
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... more
TMA truck
Traffic Management Article October 12, 2017
Trying to list all the maintenance of traffic (MOT) challenges posed by the I-4 Ultimate project can be a project in itself.   The MOT challenge on I-4 is... more
Green bike lane NYC
Complete Streets Article October 12, 2017
The increase in green bike lanes around NYC is reflective of the city’s goals for its Vision Zero traffic safety initiative.   New York City is world-renowned... more
Plowing along smart corridor
V2X Article October 12, 2017
ODOT work crews plow along the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor from Dublin to East Liberty in Ohio. The crews will place fiber-optic cable within these... more
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...
Safety News October 05, 2017
Get ready for the winter season with three TC3 courses available at no cost through November 2017. These courses cover topics to help ensure that your state's roadways and bridges are safe in light of recent weather events and future storm activity. Register before November 30, 2017, to take...
U.S. DOT
Funding News October 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Thursday announced the immediate availability of $40 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore essential service on roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Maria throughout Puerto Rico.  ...
silica rule

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

Safety News October 02, 2017
Construction firms will have an extra 30 days to comply with the new, tougher Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard for airborne silica on jobsites.   OSHA began enforcing the construction silica regulation on Sept. 23. But Thomas Galassi, acting deputy assistant secretary...
Kosciuszko Bridge

Image source: New York Daily News / NY Gov. Cuomo

Demolition News October 02, 2017
The old Kosciuszko Bridge, which connected Brooklyn and Queens for 78 years in New York, was imploded Sunday morning.   The long-delayed implosion of portions of the bridge began Sunday at 8 a.m. as Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a 10-second countdown in front of a crowd that witnessed the big booms and...
road maintenance
Preventive Maintenance News September 27, 2017
Throughout the month of October, S.R. 18 in southern California will be closed between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and Big Bear Dam in San Bernardino County in preparation for winter.   The area known as the Arctic Circle will be closed to traffic Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Oct...
highways
Law News September 26, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) responded yesterday to a lawsuit brought by environmental groups by reinstating a federal requirement that state and local planners track and curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks on the national highways.   On July 31, the Natural Resources Defense...
Uber stripped of its license in London
Transportation Management News September 22, 2017
The city of London has stripped Uber of its license to operate from the end of September, according to Reuters. The decision will affect more than 40,000 drivers in one of the world’s biggest cities.   Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said Uber’s conduct posed risks to public safety and it...
The 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico caused significant infrastructure damage.

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Asphalt News September 21, 2017
The magnitude-7.1 earthquake that hit central Mexico this past Tuesday afternoon has left more than 200 people are dead. It is marked as the worst natural seismic event in the area in more than 30 years.   Geoffrey Abers, a geophysicist at Cornell University who uses the tools of earthquake...
Research suggests new asphalt roads cannot handle 21st century climate
Asphalt News September 20, 2017
A study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that the materials being used to build asphalt roads is not up to the test when it comes to withstanding the extremes in climate change that have presently being experienced and are expected to be experienced as the century...
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