Maryland traffic management center
Transportation Management Article August 16, 2017
ITS infrastructure, monitored at this traffic management center, has been widely deployed by the Maryland SHA.   Maryland is home to nearly 6 million people.... more
Texas A&M RELLIS campus
Work-Zone Article August 16, 2017
It has been 100 years since our industry started using pavement markings to separate travel lanes and provide delineation; in 1917, a center line was painted... more
Jim Barbaresso
Editorial/Commentary Article August 16, 2017
Over the past few years, I’ve given presentations about the growing trend of Smart City initiatives to numerous planning commissions and government agencies... more
White House
Road Construction News August 16, 2017
President Trump on Tuesday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as... more
Automated vehicles
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News August 16, 2017
Waymo was granted a patent last week for cars that will soften on hitting pedestrians so that minimum damage is caused in case of an accident.   How the system... more
Mcity at University of Michigan
Automated Vehicles Article August 15, 2017
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are expected to offer extraordinary improvements to both the safety and efficiency of existing roadways and mobility systems.... more
Manhole Risers Case Studies August 14, 2017
With a population of about 320,000, St. Louis is the 60th-largest city in the United States. But due to an unusual arrangement, St. Louis, its metro area (... more
Road Construction News August 14, 2017
The tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., plus Trump's hesitation about working with Democrats on his infrastructure bill, I-84 redesign plans in Hartford and I-77... more
road usage
Funding News August 14, 2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has teamed up with the I-95 Corridor Coalition and the Delaware Department of Transportation to test... more
Intelligent transportation systems and automated vehicles
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News August 11, 2017
By 2040, at least a fifth of the traffic on I-80 in Iowa will be highly automated, a new Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) study says.   The study,... more
Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

Image source: WTOP/Megan Cloherty

Bridge Construction News August 11, 2017
The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., transports 70,000 vehicles daily over the Anacostia River, and officials released a design for the... more
Railroad crossing
Bridges News August 09, 2017
A $7.5 million federal grant will help restore rail service through northern Mississippi, aided by a $4.3 million state loan and $3.2 million in private money... more
Hollywood Blvd

The Vision Zero Action Plan in Los Angeles aims to not only eliminate traffic deaths for motorists, but also for pedestrians and cyclists by concentrating efforts on areas with more vulnerable populations.

Road Design Article August 08, 2017
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the year 2015 marked the end of a five-decade trend of declining traffic fatalities by showing... more
Sheepshead Bay Rd after
Road Design Article August 08, 2017
A traffic island, more pavement markings and signage (top image) were added to this intersection to ensure safe interactions between vehicles and pedestrians... more
Chicago bicycle program complete streets

This one-way street in downtown Chicago has both dedicated bike and bus lanes.

Complete Streets Article August 08, 2017
Can street design contribute to greater social equity?   For people who do most of their daily trips by car, it might not be obvious how things like street... more
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article August 08, 2017
I should have melted Cheetos a second time in my Big Wheel trunk and forced John Casey to suck it dry.   I mean, he was supposed to be my best friend, but... more
Complete streets in Oakland
Complete Streets Article August 08, 2017
Complete streets are streets for everyone.   That is the explanation offered by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a movement launched in 2004 that is... more
Dallas CityMAP
Highway Construction Article August 08, 2017
How do major American cities like Dallas, Texas, address congestion and the splintering of neighborhoods caused by the tangled knot of aging urban interstates... more
Milwaukee Zoo interchange
Road Construction Article August 08, 2017
Whether he is executing the reconstruction of a complex, urban interchange or coaching a fourth-grade basketball team, Ryan Luck lives by one philosophy: “It’s... more
Detroit street lights

Image: College for Creative Studies in Detroit

Roadway Design Article August 08, 2017
The future is looking bright for the city of Detroit, and much of that optimism is due to the recent installation of 65,000 modern, efficient and reliable... more
Maryland traffic management center
Transportation Management Article August 16, 2017
ITS infrastructure, monitored at this traffic management center, has been widely deployed by the Maryland SHA.   Maryland is home to nearly 6 million people. The state’s proximity to Washington, D.C., makes the Baltimore-Washington region a site of high socioeconomic activity. The state’s overall...
Jim Barbaresso
Editorial/Commentary Article August 16, 2017
Over the past few years, I’ve given presentations about the growing trend of Smart City initiatives to numerous planning commissions and government agencies around the country. One of the questions I get most often during the post-presentation Q&A is, “How do they do that?”   In other words, “...
Road Construction News August 14, 2017
The tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., plus Trump's hesitation about working with Democrats on his infrastructure bill, I-84 redesign plans in Hartford and I-77 toll opposition in N.C. To hear the latest podcast, click here.
Road Construction News August 14, 2017
The tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., plus Trump's hesitation about working with Democrats on his infrastructure bill, I-84 redesign plans in Hartford and I-77 toll opposition in N.C. To hear the latest podcast, click here.
Railroad crossing
Bridges News August 09, 2017
A $7.5 million federal grant will help restore rail service through northern Mississippi, aided by a $4.3 million state loan and $3.2 million in private money.   The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it's awarding the grant to rehabilitate 90 miles of what was once the...
Hollywood Blvd

The Vision Zero Action Plan in Los Angeles aims to not only eliminate traffic deaths for motorists, but also for pedestrians and cyclists by concentrating efforts on areas with more vulnerable populations.

Road Design Article August 08, 2017
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the year 2015 marked the end of a five-decade trend of declining traffic fatalities by showing a 7.2% increase over 2014.   This trend also was seen in the city of Los Angeles, which exhibited one of the highest collision death rates...
Sheepshead Bay Rd after
Road Design Article August 08, 2017
A traffic island, more pavement markings and signage (top image) were added to this intersection to ensure safe interactions between vehicles and pedestrians as part of NYC’s Vision Zero plan.   In New York City, the efforts of the New York Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), in partnership...
Road Construction News August 07, 2017
Have you ever seen President Trump play volleyball? He needs a major score with the American people right now, and focusing on an infrastructure bill is the ticket. Also, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is set to be demolished in 2019 and there is a bicycle vigilante on the loose. To hear the latest...
Railroad crossing
Bridges News August 07, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) will award a $7.89 million grant to help fund a railroad bridge repair project in Maine, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced yesterday.   The grant is being awarded under the U.S. DOT FASTLANE grant program. The funding will be provided to...
Road Construction News July 31, 2017
Back from vacation, which was full of stress. Also the latest on the Bonner Bridge brown out, U.S. DOT funding and the New NY Bridge, now called the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. To listen to the podcast, click here.
Railroad safety
Safety News July 31, 2017
At a giant training and research facility in Pueblo, Colo., cutting-edge technology to prevent train crashes and save lives is under development.   According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were almost 11,000 train accidents and incidents last year alone, killing 805 people and...
Flex route gantry over U.S. 23 lanes in Michigan
Highway Construction News July 25, 2017
Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Transportation started constructing what will be Michigan's first flex route. This new smart road traffic system will manage traffic congestion and promote safety on U.S. 23 just north of Ann Arbor, from M-14 to M-36 (9 Mile Road).   Orange barrels and...
Truck on highway
Safety News July 25, 2017
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is now using infrared technology to try to stop truck drivers with dangerously large loads from hitting freeway bridges and overpasses.   When trucks that are too tall slam into these structures, it can cause traffic tie-ups and congestion that impacts...
Truck on highway
Safety News July 25, 2017
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is now using infrared technology to try to stop truck drivers with dangerously large loads from hitting freeway bridges and overpasses.   When trucks that are too tall slam into these structures, it can cause traffic tie-ups and congestion that impacts...
Road Construction News July 18, 2017
What is going on in Washington, D.C.? Trump's trillion has turned into Trump's $200 billion, U.S. DOT may be the victim of significant cuts, and more. To hear the podcast, click here.
Funding News July 12, 2017
A House panel approved legislation on Tuesday evening that would cut funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) by over half a billion dollars.   The House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development advanced a spending bill to provide $17.8...
Highway Construction News July 10, 2017
Who knew hemp had so many uses? We also toured the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange project and you can hear the interview with Project Manager Mark Klipstein. Industry news covers MoDOT's preservation strategy, Oregon's bike tax and a man's bucket list wish. To hear the podcast, click here.  

A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

Highway Construction Article July 05, 2017
MAINE: Up in salmon countryby Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   “Engineering used to be about mobility, but now it’s more about reliability and safety. Speed is not a primary concern for us.”   “Us” being the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), as exemplified by Chief Engineer Joyce...

A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

Highway Construction Article July 05, 2017
MAINE: Up in salmon countryby Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   “Engineering used to be about mobility, but now it’s more about reliability and safety. Speed is not a primary concern for us.”   “Us” being the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), as exemplified by Chief Engineer Joyce...
Bridges News July 05, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has withdrawn from the group overseeing the Gateway Program, the massive regional project that aims to double rail capacity between New York and New Jersey.   Billed as the largest and most important transit project in the northeast, the $23.9...
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