Bill Wilson is the editorial director of ROADS & BRIDGES magazine and has been covering the industry since 1999. He has won seven Robert F. Boger Awards for editorial excellence, including three in 2011. He also was the creator of the Top 10, Contractor's Choice Awards and Recycling Awards platforms, as well as ROADS & BRIDGES Live.
NEW POLL: The Federal Aviation Administration recently granted a Section 333 exemption to a Wisconsin-based firm to operate drones in construction work zones. How valuable is drone-gathered data to the average major construction zone?
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The Stanley Cup looks happiest when it’s raised. Of course, a lot of the joy is lost when the NHL trophy is pranced around to make a political point. Shortly after the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane whipped a one-timer past Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop for a 2-0 Chicago lead late in the third period in...
New poll: The investment group that owns the Chicago Skyway recently put it up for sale after having it for just over a decade. Is this a bad sign for P3s in the U.S.?
NEW POLL: Vt. Transportation Secretary Sue Minter stated that a vehicle miles traveled tax deserves serious study as an alternative to the gas tax no one wants to take responsibility for. Would such a tax be viable nationwide?
New poll: The NYSDOT has begun installing bars in the sheltered spaces near the top of overpasses to keep the homeless out. Would you want your DOT to spend money on this effort?
NEW POLL: At ITS America, Connected Signals CEO Matt Ginsberg said, "Nobody cares about privacy, but everyone cares about security." Is this an accurate characterization?
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My head is not throbbing right now, but it needs to be. The stomach is calm and content, when it should be on the brink of an acid eruption. My throat is clear, but I’m waiting for a cough to nag my windpipe. I’m about to write about the lack of federal funding for road and bridge construction...
New poll: Rhode Island is considering tolling trucks with three or more axles on 17 of its 20 bridges. Is it fair to charge certain vehicles to ride on a span?
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NEW POLL: Ill. Governor Rauner’s 6-year budget would cut transportation funding more than $200 million, essentially negating the idea of large new projects in the state during that period. What will Illinois roads look like in 2021 if this passes?
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NEW POLL: The U.S. Senate will not entertain discussions of a 6-year transportation bill until after the Trust Fund dries up. What does this mean in terms of federal commitment to and understanding of infrastructure investment?
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New poll: According to rumors out of Washington, D.C., annual funding for the next multiyear highway bill will be less than current levels. Do you believe this will be the case?
Swanky nightclubs come and go, so it is probably not too difficult to stumble upon a stash of velvet rope. The question is, will more departments of transportation be using them? If not in the physical sense, agencies might grab on to this trending mindset. Everyone knows the scene, although...
NEW POLL: Despite federal support, many states, such as Illinois, are looking to cut Amtrak funding. As a national service, should Amtrak receive priority regarding transit funding initiatives?
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New poll: North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill that will give drivers a pass if they are caught speeding through a work zone if no workers are present. Is this a good policy?
New poll: A U.S. DOT pilot program will allow state and local transportation agencies to utilize local hiring preferences on federal-aid highway and transit projects. Is this a good idea?
I crossed through the No. 23, and looked up to see the No. 24. I was keeping the official scorebook during one of my son’s AAU basketball tournaments recently when a situation lit up quicker and more intense than a bulb on a scoreboard. After a team from Joliet, Ill., which had all African-...
New poll: States are holding National Work-Zone Awareness Week events. How effective do you think these campaigns are in terms of getting motorists to slow down in construction areas?
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New poll: At the end of 2014, worker compensation claims on the Alaskan Way Viaduct hit nearly $1 million. Is this to be expected with a project of this magnitude, or do you see an issue?
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New poll: The state of Maine is now using variable message signs to warn motorists about the possibility of bald eagles being out on the road. How effective are these warnings?
Ten feet high is my ceiling, but I wonder what numbers they produce in Canada, Germany and Russia . . . no, make that Siberia? Could there possibly be an international winter game that showcases how much air you can get under a load of shoveled snow? I’m not talking an Olympic event, because...