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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.   

News May 22, 2017
This week's Infrastructure Insider has some details on Trump's Infrastructure plan, how DOT's reacted to I-85 collapse and more.   Click here to listen to the podcast.  
Freeway traffic from connector ramp on Zoo Interchange system

Image source: Daily Reporter/Kevin Harnack

News May 22, 2017
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is on track to open two ramps on the Zoo Interchange system this week.   The ramp connecting eastbound I-94 to northbound I-41 is scheduled to open on Wednesday. A day later, the ramp connecting southbound I-41 with the eastbound lanes of I-94, as...
Graphic of the preferred alternative for the Rappahannock River crossing

Image source: Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO)

News May 17, 2017
The massive southbound Rappahannock River crossing project has a new design concept that came about after the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) heard from the public about the original plan.   Instead of building the collector-distributor lanes on the outside parallel to I-95’s primary...
News May 15, 2017
In the second Roads & Bridges podcast of the year, Infrastructure Insider discusses President Trump's trillion-dollar infrastructure plan and the latest news in the road and bridge industry, including this week's reopening of the Atlanta I-85 bridge that collapsed in March.   Click here to...

Image source: Bob Farley/F8Photo

News May 12, 2017
Gov. Kay Ivey announced today the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) will expand a portion of I-65 in north Shelby County from four lanes to six lanes.   In a statement, Ivey said the move will help the state both in terms of economic development and meeting the state's current...
News May 08, 2017
In Roads & Bridges first podcast of the year, Editorial Director Bill Wilson talks about raising the federal gas tax, self-driving cars at Disney World and the reconstruction of the Piscataqua River Bridge. To listen to the podcast, click here.
News May 08, 2017
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) hired general contractor Balfour Beatty in a joint venture with Fluor Corp. for a $625 million roadway reconstruction and improvement project along I-35E and U.S. 67 at the southern gateway of Dallas.   The 11-mile project will expand I-35E from four...

Image source: Indiana Department of Transportation

News May 01, 2017
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb joined State Representative Ed Soliday, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Commissioner Joe McGuinness and other local officials on Friday to formally break ground on the I-65 Northwest Indiana Expansion Project.   The $62 million Major Moves 2020 project will...
Case Studies April 28, 2017
Major District Road (MDR) 31 passes through Shaha and Kolpewadi villages in Sinnar Taluka, part of District Nashik in India’s Maharashtra state. Overseen by the Nashik Public Works Department (PWD), the road provides an important link between sugarcane farms and sugar mills in the area. During peak...

Image source: Equipment World's Better Roads

News April 27, 2017
A design-build team made up of 16 companies has been selected for the $100 million I-270 Innovative Congestions Management Project in Montgomery County, Md.—a project designed to cut 30 minutes off of morning commutes from Frederick to I-495.   Gov. Larry Hogan announced the plan last summer for...
News April 24, 2017
Following a thorough vetting and scoring system for bidders, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded the contract to build the SH-99 segments in Liberty County.   Grand Parkway Infrastructure was selected to serve as the design-builder to develop, design, construct and maintain...
News April 19, 2017
About $110 million will be spent this year improving the interstate highway system in Council Bluffs as the largest highway funding effort ever by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) continues.   IDOT officials explained during a public meeting that seven specific projects for 2017 have...

Image source: U.S. Department of Transportation

News April 14, 2017
Seventy-four tribes across the U.S. were part of a $9 million award this week that will support 77 road-safety projects in 22 states.   The funds, which come from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) are dedicated to improving transportation...
Case Studies April 12, 2017
Asphalt overlays are one of the most common and well-studied roadway projects, so innovation seems unlikely, especially the kind of new idea that saves significant time and money without a major capital investment. But Rowe Construction, an Illinois paving firm, recently saved about 400 man-hours...
Case Studies April 06, 2017
When a road turns into a raging river, it becomes both dangerous and damaging. This is exactly what happened in July 2013, when the city of Lebanon, N.H., was swamped with more than 4 in. of rain within 48 hours—2 in. fell in just 45 minutes. The deluge caused flash flooding, which left residents...
News April 06, 2017
As part of the 80/90 Pavement Upgrade for a Superior Highway (PUSH) project, the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company LLC (ITRCC), the operator of the Indiana Toll Road, announced that the Elkhart Exit (92) closed yesterday April 5, at 9:00 a.m. Exit 92 is scheduled to be closed for three weeks....
Article April 03, 2017
The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is leading the effort to develop the world’s largest concrete pavement preservation experiment.   This experiment, based upon the Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) project on concrete pavements termed SPS-2, will extend the performance data...

P.J. Keating finished paving the project in Worcester in October 2016.

Article April 03, 2017
In today’s culture, to be green is to be great. Under the umbrella of its GreenDOT program, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has given its six districts leeway to employ innovative techniques to use more sustainable practices for greener asphalt pavement maintenance and...

The I-55 Stevenson Expressway linking Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is one major project continuing for IDOT in 2017

Article April 03, 2017
Back in August 2016, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges covered the progress of Chicago’s Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project. One of the signature accomplishments over the last year for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was the completion of the westbound flyover...

Image source: Julie Duewel / Nevada DOT; Las Vegas Sun

News March 30, 2017
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is in the initial stages of road projects that have been planned to address traffic growth on the I-15 corridor over the next 20 years as a result of the proposed Raiders’ stadium site going up on Russell Road west of the interstate in Las Vegas.   A...
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