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

Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
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...
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
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
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...
express lanes
News November 01, 2017
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) opened a 2-mile extension of I-95 Express Lanes in Stafford County, adding new northbound and southbound ramps ahead of schedule.   The $50 million project extends Express Lanes beyond the flyover ramp where they previously ended, just north of Rte....
ARRA Recycling Awards
News October 31, 2017
Roads & Bridges is now accepting nominations for the 2018 ARRA Recycling Awards.    These awards honor the top asphalt road recycling projects in North America. Nominations are submitted to the R&B editorial staff, which selects the winners based on amount of RAP used, cost savings and...
I-64 High Rise Bridge
News October 25, 2017
The Commonwealth Transportation Board in Virginia awarded a $409.6 million contract Tuesday to widen I-64 and build a new High Rise Bridge.   The project will widen I-64 from four to six lanes and add one high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane in each direction. The new High Rise Bridge will be built...
NAPA
News October 18, 2017
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) recently released a statement in response to a study published by the journal Nature Climate Change which suggested modern asphalt roads were not equipped to withstand climate change.   Roads & Bridges reported on the study last month. The...
Survey
News October 16, 2017
The team at Roads & Bridges invites all our readership to participate in our annual State of the Industry survey. We want to hear your perspective on the 2017 construction season, what's happening in your region and what you expect 2018 to be like for your company.    Please take a few minutes...
Daniel K. Inouye Highway
News October 11, 2017
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have announced the opening of the final phase of reconstruction on the east side of Saddle Road, now known as the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.   The improvement connects the existing highway near milepost 11...
Top Road No. 1 2017
Article October 05, 2017
Noted transportation author and UC-Berkeley professor Robert Cervero once wrote, “Planning of the automobile city focuses on saving time. Planning for the accessible city, on the other hand, focuses on time well spent.”   This statement stands well as a philosophical and operational treatise for...
Top Road No. 2 2017
Article October 05, 2017
The small town of Tuktoyaktuk was probably founded on an ice road. It had to be, because no one would have been able to reach it any other way. The soil which supports the Canadian dot on the map is a blend of silt, clay and the type of permafrost that can drive any road builder to the brink. It’s...
Top Road No. 4 2017
Article October 05, 2017
Reducing delivery time on a major road project by 17 years was not a reality the team at the Ohio Department Transportation (ODOT) thought could ever be achievable. That is, until they entered into their first public-private partnership (P3) to complete the 16-mile-long bypass of Portsmouth known...
Top Road No. 3 2017
Article October 05, 2017
Situated only 15 miles outside the famous Las Vegas strip, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is comprised of 198,000 acres of protected, nationally significant geological and ecological resources.   Stretching through the conservation area is a 13-mile-long one-way picturesque roadway...
Top Road No. 5 2017
Article October 05, 2017
There is a kind of under lining that does not call out to anyone.    Due to the 50-plus-year age of S.R. 178 in Bakersfield, Calif., as-built records for installation and relocation of gas, electric, telephone, fiber optic, water and sewer lines—tucked under the surface in all directions—were...
Anthony Henday
Article October 05, 2017
Four years of detours, traffic snarls, varying speed limits, and stop-and-start driving has come to an end for drivers in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with the completion of the northeast stretch of Anthony Henday Drive.   The northeast segment is the final leg of Edmonton’s transportation ring road...
interstate expansion
News September 25, 2017
Michigan transportation officials plan to announce that the $1 billion I-75 widening project in Oakland County, the first major road plan in the state to use a private investment model instead of state and federal money, could be completed up to 10 years sooner than planned.   The Michigan...
road work
News September 22, 2017
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday proposed a $9 billion public-private partnership to add new traffic lanes around the traffic-clogged U.S. capital region and assume control of a highway operated by the federal government.   Hogan said his administration plans to add four new lanes to the...
The 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico caused significant infrastructure damage.

Image source: BGR

News September 21, 2017
The magnitude-7.1 earthquake that hit central Mexico this past Tuesday afternoon has left more than 200 people are dead. It is marked as the worst natural seismic event in the area in more than 30 years.   Geoffrey Abers, a geophysicist at Cornell University who uses the tools of earthquake...
Research suggests new asphalt roads cannot handle 21st century climate
News September 20, 2017
A study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that the materials being used to build asphalt roads is not up to the test when it comes to withstanding the extremes in climate change that have presently being experienced and are expected to be experienced as the century...
South Carolina roads to improve with gas tax funds
News September 19, 2017
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) officials met with local leaders in the Charleston area to discuss, in specific, how much money is expected to be generated for the region by the state’s new gas tax, and where that money is going to be spent   Following a “fix-it-first” approach...
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