Asphalt

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.   

I-205 traffic congestion
News August 18, 2017
State officials took steps this week to help give some Portland-area commuters in Oregon a quicker, safer trip by fast-tracking a project to cut congestion on I-205.   The $30 million project will repave and widen portions of I-205 between Johnson Creek Boulevard near Happy Valley and the Glenn...
White House
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 part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.   Trump's latest executive order would speed approvals of permits...
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 (which has a population of approximately three million), and the surrounding St. Louis County (which has a population of approximately one...
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.
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.

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
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...
Dallas CityMAP
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?   How do they rehabilitate them into models that foster urban renewal and transportation efficiency? That is the challenge that the Texas...
Milwaukee Zoo interchange
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 not how you start the game. It’s how you finish. And, we want to finish strong.”   Luck is the construction chief for the Wisconsin...
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...
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.
The I-290 Eisenhower Expressway between Mannheim Rd and Racine Ave

Image source: IDOT

News July 31, 2017
Plans to expand and rebuild the I-290 Eisenhower Expressway in Illinois received federal approval this past week from the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to proceed with the project.   Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) estimate the entire project would...
Complete streets road design
News July 27, 2017
City leaders in Akron, Ohio, have set in motion a long-term plan to raise nearly $12 million for a “complete streets” makeover of North Main Street from the Y-bridge to Cuyahoga Falls.   Public engineers received approval Monday from the city council to apply for $6 million in grant funding from...
Flex route gantry over U.S. 23 lanes in Michigan
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...
Seal-US-DOT
News July 20, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released its latest National Highway Construction Cost Index (NHCCI 2.0), a quarterly estimate of the rising cost of domestic highway construction and maintenance over time.   NHCCI 2.0 is the first major revision...
Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway
News July 19, 2017
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and its public-private partner, the Portsmouth Gateway Group (PGG), are constructing a 16-mile, four-lane, $429-million bypass of Portsmouth.   Now known as the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway/S.R. 823, the effort is ODOT’s first major public-...
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.
News July 17, 2017
The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) approved the construction of toll lanes on the I-10 Freeway last week.   The SBCTA voted to build a 33-mile toll lane project at an estimated cost of $1.8 billion, which would run from the Los Angeles County line to Redlands. This marks the...
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.  
News July 10, 2017
Illinois road construction projects that were shut down by the budget impasse will get started again sometime next week, now that the legislature has passed a major income tax increase and spending plan.   Illinois had gone 736 days without a budget, and the state told road contractors it would not...

Image source: Colorado DOT

News July 07, 2017
The private contractor hired by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the $1.2 billion expansion of I-70 through north Denver also will be required to hire locally.   CDOT’s contract will include a clause that 20% of the project’s work force, the equivalent of about 350 people, must...
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