Google’s Waymo to begin testing autonomous cars in Atlanta
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News January 23, 2018
Waymo, the division of Google concerned with autonomous vehicle development, announced this week that it will introduce its testing program to the city of... more
automated vehicle infrastructure
Automated Vehicles News January 22, 2018
The road designs in Florida are expected to change within the next decade or so, as the state prepares its infrastructure to adapt to autonomous vehicles (AVs... more
$1.9 billion I-405 widening in Orange County, Calif., gets underway
Road Construction News January 22, 2018
Construction has begun on a $1.9 billion widening of California’s I-405, the largest project in the history of the Orange County Transportation Authority. The... more
Seattle’s pay-by-mile gas tax pilot set to begin in a fortnight
Funding News January 19, 2018
The city of Seattle, Wash., is looking to find a more diversified way of generating revenue, while also making the onus on its citizens as reasonable as... more
$162 million up for grabs after Glendale, Az. light rail is mothballed
Light Rail Transit (LRT) News January 18, 2018
As the result of an action taken by council members of the city of Glendale, Az., city traffic planners are looking at millions of available dollars for... more
Utah DOT and Dept. of Public Safety launch Join the Resistance campaign
Safety News January 18, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) are together looking to make a severe reduction in road fatalities in... more
bullet train
High-Speed Rail News January 17, 2018
The estimated cost for the first phase of California's bullet train climbed by 35% on Tuesday to $10.6 billion, the latest increase for the high-speed rail... more
roadway
Funding News January 17, 2018
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is making a push to raise the federal gas tax by 25 cents per gallon to help pay for the nation’s infrastructure.   The proposal,... more
road safety
Traffic Safety News January 16, 2018
A new report examining the global crisis of road deaths and traffic fatalities around the world found that despite having more resources to tackle road... more
podcast
Road Construction News January 15, 2018
I have frost in my attic!! Help!! Also, Louisiana governor announces $600 million transportation plan, Arkansas motorists are not happy with the condition of... more
I-80 in Will County

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Highway Construction News January 15, 2018
An Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) study released last week emphasizes the growing safety and congestion problems on a 16-mile stretch of I-80 in... more
automated vehicle advancements
Automated Vehicles News January 12, 2018
Federal regulators are taking the first step toward creating a policy guiding the development of autonomous transportation beyond self-driving cars to include... more
train safety
Safety News January 12, 2018
House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation meant to accelerate the implementation of a key train safety feature, a move that follows December’s deadly... more
Software Materials Management Case Studies January 12, 2018
To meet state and federal reporting requirements, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) must know what assets it has and where they are located. This... more
Software Materials Management Products January 11, 2018
AssetWise ALIM improves overall accessibility, quality, integrity and relevance of asset data, in-context, across the asset lifecycle. It can be used as your... more
express lanes
Highway Construction News January 11, 2018
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a deal Wednesday that will add 10 more miles of express lanes to the I-95 corridor, expanding the system of high-... more

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Bridge Construction News January 10, 2018
The multimillion-dollar Severn River Bridge project in the Annapolis area is on track to be completed by Memorial Day, according to Maryland transportation... more
road safety
Traffic Safety News January 09, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that New York City saw the fewest traffic fatalities on record last year including a 32% drop in pedestrian deaths.  ... more
Software Project Management Videos January 09, 2018
Capture and monitor operational information for bridges, tunnels, roads and highways to maintain a safe operating network.
U.S. DOT
Safety News January 09, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is teaming up with the navigation app Waze on a new initiative designed to make the nation’s roads safer, the... more
Utah DOT and Dept. of Public Safety launch Join the Resistance campaign
Safety News January 18, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) are together looking to make a severe reduction in road fatalities in the state, a figure that crested at 273 deaths in 2017.   While that is a slight decrease from 2016 when 281 people died on Utah roads, UDOT...
podcast
Road Construction News January 15, 2018
I have frost in my attic!! Help!! Also, Louisiana governor announces $600 million transportation plan, Arkansas motorists are not happy with the condition of the state's roads, and more. To hear the latest podcast, click here.
I-80 in Will County

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Highway Construction News January 15, 2018
An Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) study released last week emphasizes the growing safety and congestion problems on a 16-mile stretch of I-80 in the northeastern part of the state that connects six of Will County’s municipalities and traverses four waterways.   For the study, ILEPI...
train safety
Safety News January 12, 2018
House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation meant to accelerate the implementation of a key train safety feature, a move that follows December’s deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state.   The bill, titled the Positive Train Control Implementation and Financing Act, would give railroads...
U.S. DOT
Safety News January 09, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is teaming up with the navigation app Waze on a new initiative designed to make the nation’s roads safer, the agency announced Monday.   U.S. DOT is launching two pilot projects that are aimed at integrating traditional crash data with crowd-sourced...
Thin concrete
Concrete Article January 03, 2018
As a durable, economical and low-maintenance concrete material, roller-compacted concrete (RCC) is steadily becoming the choice for many pavement applications. And researchers in Louisiana are testing just how thin those applications can go.   Traditionally, RCC pavements have been built with an 8...
Concrete curling
Concrete Article January 03, 2018
Today’s modern concrete construction technologies and experienced personnel provide an opportunity to construct the smoothest concrete pavements and slabs in history.   Smooth pavements and slabs are in high demand because they reduce cracking, improve ride quality, reduce noise and improve fuel...
work-zone lighting
Safety Article January 03, 2018
In 2016, there were over 288 nighttime crashes in work zones, resulting in over 800 fatalities.   Increasing traffic volumes are leading to a rapid increase in nighttime construction activities on our roads. This increase in nighttime construction on highways poses a major safety concern for both...
FDOT survey vehicle
Safety Article January 03, 2018
Collecting pavement condition and performance data is an essential element of transportation asset management.   Departments of transportation (DOTs) are responsible for driving hundreds of thousands of miles each year for such data collection, using both full-sized survey vehicles that run at...
Michigan’s Independence Bridge to close for $1.45 million repair
Bridges News December 26, 2017
The Independence Bridge in Bay City, Mich., will close in January to allow crews to replace the bascule span deck grating, span stringers and sidewalks.   The project, funded through federal, state and local money, will top $1.45 million.   Construction is expected to be completed at the end of...
I-5 derailment in Washington State

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Safety News December 21, 2017
Less than two and a half days after an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont, Wash., killing three and sending cars and debris onto I-5, state officials opened two of three southbound lanes in time for Wednesday’s evening commute.   The third lane is expected to open Thursday morning after the final...
NTSB
Safety News December 20, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be looking at driver distraction as a possible cause to the Amtrak 501 derailment over I-5 near Tacoma, Wash.   Badly damaged cameras were recovered from the engineer’s cab and have been sent to the NTSB’s laboratory in Washington, D.C. It...
autonomous vehicles and alternative transportation
Law News December 12, 2017
Lawmakers in the state of Florida are proposing the creation of a “Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority” that would oversee developing transportation systems for things such as autonomous vehicles.   The authority would be within the Florida Department of Transportation and would receive...
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, Nev., 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

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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

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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...
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