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Recent climate events have impacted infrastructure in numerous ways: floods affect road systems, extreme heat damages rail lines and airport runways, and hurricanes and tornadoes overwhelm coastlines. These climate-related hazards come with a substantial cost—a cost that’s only going to rise if…
September 15, 2020
Despite failing his driving test for the 20th time, the man known as Ireland’s worst driver says he’s not giving up. Ray Heffernan, 69, failed most recently in August, telling the Irish Sun that “the instructor couldn’t wait to get out of the car.”  The retired plasterer has been driving for…
October 02, 2019
Figure 1. Crack Sealing Application
Figure 1. Crack sealing application
Surface cracking in asphalt concrete is a major failure mechanism that develops over the pavement service life. In general, surface cracks are primarily caused by traffic loading and temperature variations [1]. It is well recognized that water infiltration through cracks may accelerate pavement…
August 12, 2019
Israel LaFleur Bridge led to an increase of traffic congestion along I-210, I-10, and the surrounding area.
Work on the Israel LaFleur Bridge led to an increase of traffic congestion along I-210, I-10, and the surrounding area. However, overall vehicle crashes during the work were lower than expected, partially attributed to smart work zone systems.
Interstate 210 (I-210) is a 12.4-mile-long bypass of I-10 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. One of the defining features of this route is the Israel LaFleur Bridge. Built in 1962, this four-lane bridge is 140 ft tall, making it one of the tallest structures in southwest Louisiana. Measuring 8,500 ft in…
June 05, 2019
Many construction contracts contain a deadline by which work must be finished and a provision for liquidated damages in the event it is not. Contracts also provide procedures for contractors if they believe they are entitled to a time extension, usually resulting from changes in the work, owner-…
February 05, 2019
Roadside vegetation provides a valuable protective barrier to prevent pavement erosion, but it must be managed to keep weeds from creeping onto shoulders, roots from cracking asphalt, brush from obstructing sight lines as well as for the beautification of America’s highways. No matter the stage of…
March 14, 2005
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