Mississippi winter
Winter Maintenance News December 11, 2017
In this video from the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), Melinda McGrath, P.E., executive director of MDOT, answers questions about the process... more
subway
Transit News December 11, 2017
An explosion rattled through one of the busiest transit hubs in New York City Monday morning, causing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of commuters.  ... more
Hwy. 67 culvert redesign in Wis. to aid aquatic habitat
Culvert RepairRehabilitation News December 08, 2017
Fishing is a pretty big deal in certain parts of Wisconsin, and one of those parts is Fond du Lac County. According to a story by local Fox affiliate 11, the... more
The wrong-way detection signs will go in at the I-15-Starr Avenue interchange, which is now under construction
Safety Products News December 08, 2017
The I-15/Starr Avenue interchange project in Clark County, Nv., has aimed, since its inception, to reduce crashes and alleviate local-road congestion—and a new... more
LIRR Bridge overpass

Image: MTA

Bridges News December 07, 2017
Looking to prevent dangerous bridge strikes, New York is spending $4.3 million to install additional detectors to keep over-height vehicles off state parkways... more
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization Case Studies December 07, 2017
The widening of a road around the south end of popular Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton Bay, N.H., created a steep slope (1H:1V) adjacent to the roadway. Concern... more
Concrete Blades Case Studies December 06, 2017
Operating a flat saw takes skill, knowledge and endurance. It also takes having the right flat saw and the right diamond blade pared for the job. When these... more
Michigan DOT to replace I-375 freeway with surface street
Road Construction News December 06, 2017
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced its intention to proceed with plans to gut Detroit’s I-375 expressway and restore in its... more
Dual wing plow

Five recently configured dual-wing plows will be used primarily along eastern Oregon multi-lane freeways.

Winter Maintenance Article December 05, 2017
“Winter isn’t over til it’s summer.”   That’s the story heard from winter maintenance workers out on the roads in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon, as the... more
Eric Hartmann
Snow Control Article December 05, 2017
With winter now upon us, Roads & Bridges spoke with Eric Hartmann, vice president of sales and marketing for Tovar Snow Professionals, about best practices... more
black ice
Winter Maintenance News December 05, 2017
Winter road maintenance could be getting more efficient thanks to the Grip, a black-ice detection system from two Finnish research organizations.   The two... more
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article December 04, 2017
What is the answer for 100 across?   My grandmother, affectionately called “Mommy D,” finds it in the newspaper just about every day. For as long as I can... more
California Laurel Street Overcrossing

Work on abutments for the Laurel Street Overcrossing Replacement Project in Vallejo, Calif. Image: Caltrans

Highway Construction Article December 04, 2017
CALIFORNIA: At the forefront by Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   There’s progress and then there’s progress, and those who know the difference can only be... more
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization Products December 04, 2017
Build naturally vegetated gravity or reinforced retaining walls with the Geoweb 3D confinement system. These walls conform well to landscape contours, are... more
VR construction planning
Software Article December 04, 2017
Virtual reality (VR) has been a staple of mass media for decades, but only in the abstract.   Popularized in television shows and in the movies, largely... more
DOT virtual reality
Software Article December 04, 2017
Always ask Mom if it is OK.   Seriously, if someone is going to be trusted and depended upon, it is going to be the one who carried you around for nine months... more
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization Products December 04, 2017
Create low-maintenance hard-armored slopes with permeable aggregate or poured-in-place concrete. Infill confined in the Geoweb system’s 3D cellular network... more
3-D design tools
Software Article December 04, 2017
Engineers are well-versed in using 3-D design tools and imagery to carry out their designs and display their work.   Still, it’s like watching a scene through... more
Rte. 79/I-195 Interchange Reconstruction

The existing interchange was comprised of 11 separate structures totaling 111 spans, 10 of which were classified as structurally deficient with 94% of the steel rated deficient and requiring costly emergency repairs.

Highway Construction Article December 04, 2017
When final design and construction launched in 2013 on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Rte. 79/I-195 Interchange Reconstruction and... more
Larry Caudle
Law Article December 04, 2017
The task of proving the effect unforeseen events such as differing site conditions have upon a contractor’s costs is usually easier said than done.   A... more
The wrong-way detection signs will go in at the I-15-Starr Avenue interchange, which is now under construction
Safety Products News December 08, 2017
The I-15/Starr Avenue interchange project in Clark County, Nv., has aimed, since its inception, to reduce crashes and alleviate local-road congestion—and a new, fairly simple safety measure has Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials optimistic that incident reduction will happen...
LIRR Bridge overpass

Image: MTA

Bridges News December 07, 2017
Looking to prevent dangerous bridge strikes, New York is spending $4.3 million to install additional detectors to keep over-height vehicles off state parkways, where overpasses are lower than many.   The detector systems are intended to prevent incidents that in 2017 have so far included more than...
black ice
Winter Maintenance News December 05, 2017
Winter road maintenance could be getting more efficient thanks to the Grip, a black-ice detection system from two Finnish research organizations.   The two firms—EEE Innovations and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland—developed the system to accurately detect slippery road conditions in real-...
California Laurel Street Overcrossing

Work on abutments for the Laurel Street Overcrossing Replacement Project in Vallejo, Calif. Image: Caltrans

Highway Construction Article December 04, 2017
CALIFORNIA: At the forefront by Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   There’s progress and then there’s progress, and those who know the difference can only be encouraged by some of the developments taking place in California.   As a result of the recent 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase passed...
Florida DOT sets plan to boost pedestrian safety on U.S. 301
Safety News December 01, 2017
Sometimes it is the small choices that can have the greatest impact to the traveling public. Case in point: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in response to a pedestrian safety issue on U.S. 301 in Sarasota, has come up with a simple fix that will have a direct and immediate positive...
Ohio looking to boost road safety with possible speed limit change
Safety News November 27, 2017
In an effort to reduce crashes on its state highways and generally increase driver safety, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are conducting an analysis of high-crash roads throughout the state that have 70 mph speed limits.   This analysis is taking...
PR bridge

Image: Puerto Rico DTOP via AASHTO Journal

Funding News November 20, 2017
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is asking the Trump administration and Congress to provide Puerto Rico with more than $5.84 billion in disaster aid just to cover repairs to the island territory's hurricane-damaged roads, bridges, seaports and airports.   That is part of a total $94.4 billion aid request he...
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...
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