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Welcome to the Concrete Channel, a special feature that provides the user an in-depth look at the concrete road industry. This section offers several areas to explore: product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list. 

Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel

Image: LaDOTD

News August 15, 2018
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently joined Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to formally announce the award of a $45 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD).   The grant will be used for the Belle Chasse...
highway improvements
News August 13, 2018
To accommodate a separate plan to build a pedestrian bridge providing access to the Las Vegas Stadium from the Strip, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials are reexamining a $200 million project that includes reconstruction of the I-15 Tropicana interchange and the addition of high-...
Alaskan Way Viaduct
Article August 02, 2018
Bertha will not be coming in contact with the Alaskan Way Viaduct during demolition.   That’s a good thing, because crews will have no more time to spare when they rip down the 1953 structure piece by piece. Bertha was the tunnel-boring machine used to create the new S.R. 99 tunnel, which will...
Carmel 115 roundabouts

Since 1996, the city of Carmel has installed 115 roundabouts, more than any other city in the U.S.

Article August 02, 2018
Located just north of Indianapolis in Hamilton County, Ind., Carmel is a dynamic edge city with award-winning schools, thriving businesses and family-oriented neighborhoods.   Once thought of as a “bedroom community” to Indianapolis, today more people commute into Carmel to work during the day than...
Western Avenue South Bend
Article August 02, 2018
What is the secret to revitalizing an urban community near a city’s main downtown area?   As many cities across the U.S. are discovering, the trick is to attract people to the area to walk, shop and visit businesses. When the city of South Bend, Ind., began an improvement project for seven blocks...
transportation projects
News August 02, 2018
The U.S. Senate took action this week to send millions of dollars to Ohio for transportation and infrastructure projects.   Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the bill's passage in a news release Wednesday afternoon.    The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill...
smart road extension
News August 01, 2018
Montgomery County, Va., officials have crafted a proposal to extend the Virginia Smart Road to I-81, creating a new highway link to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.   The $215 million plan, which now goes before Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) for consideration, would more than...
new highway
News July 26, 2018
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has plans to build a new highway in northeast El Paso.   Officials said the Northeast Parkway will help create an alternate route to get drivers from east to west El Paso and vice versa.   The highway would split at Loop 375 just before Railroad Drive...
road work I-94 Michigan
News July 09, 2018
A massive $110 million road construction project kicks off Monday on a 9-mile stretch of I-94 in the Jackson, Mich., area.   The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to reconstruct 1.4 miles of freeway between Lansing Avenue and Elm Road, resurface 3.5 miles between Lansing Avenue and...
ET Simonds manhole
Case Studies July 05, 2018
Since 2006, adjustable manhole risers have been just right for a project detail that had previously been a bit of a hassle for E.T. Simonds Construction Company in Carbondale, Ill. “We do all sorts of road-related work, and of course we do a lot of paving jobs that require the raising of manholes...
ODOT road work

ODOT was able to merge 25 years of road and bridge work into just four due to innovative financing.

Article July 05, 2018
OHIO: A fantastic fury Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Located in northwest Ohio, the city of Toledo has just as many University of Michigan devotees as it does Ohio State University fans.   The area is used to times of fury, but non-stop for four years straight? Hard to imagine, but it is all...
GOMACO 2400
Article July 05, 2018
Drivers judge the quality of a roadway primarily by its ride quality. As a result, the primary motivation behind specifications for initial smoothness (construction acceptance) is generally driver satisfaction, or functional performance.   There is evidence, however, that smoother pavements also...
interstate improvements
News July 05, 2018
Improvements to I-80 were deemed critical in a regional transportation proposal by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).   The agency’s “On to 2050" Transportation Plan also placed the proposed Illiana toll road on the back burner. The updated plan calls for $72.7 billion in...
Michael Sweeney, HNTB
Article July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
Highway boondoggles

Image: U.S. PIRG

News June 28, 2018
A new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group identifies nine wasteful highway expansion projects across the country, slated collectively to cost at least $30 billion.   The report details how most highway expansions fail to solve congestion, saddle states with crippling debt, and...
S.R. 30 Pennsylvania recovery
News June 26, 2018
On April 7, a significant landslide resulted in the closure of Pennsylvania S.R. 30 in Allegheny County. The route is a principal artery to Pittsburgh and supports more than 22,000 vehicles per day. The slide demolished one apartment building, severely damaged another, and impacted a single-family...
S.R. 88 Apache Trail Arizona

Image: Arizona DOT

News June 21, 2018
A road improvement project along 17 miles of S.R. 88 east of Phoenix is expected to be completed by the end of summer, according to Arizona state officials.   The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) said that the $6.5 million project focuses on roads beginning 3 miles east of Apache...
Toledo interchange
News June 20, 2018
The city of Toledo, Ohio, announced Tuesday it would contribute up to $1 million toward the I-475/U.S. 23 interchange at Dorr Street.   City officials said this project serves as a corridor to new commerce and transportation. The money will come from Toledo's capital improvement fund. Workers would...
California highway
News June 15, 2018
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials are looking to reopen a stretch of SH 1 in the Big Sur coastal region this summer that was blocked last year by a massive landslide.   The road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco was projected to open in mid-September but Caltrans...
Interstate reconstruction I-440
News June 05, 2018
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is looking into ways it could shave two or more years off the I-440 reconstruction at Nashville if it closes road segments rather than following traditional construction methods.   TDOT says it plans to explore an option in which only one segment of...
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