Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson

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.

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The town of Robbins is one of the poorest places to live in Illinois. In 2013, the trampled neighborhood finally made it into everyday conversation (and it probably was a half-day at best) when its police captain was fired for basically impersonating an officer. Oh, he held a Robbins badge, but...
I saw a basketball hoop before the circling barbed wire. I was close to Mark Zimmerman, but had no idea I would share his mindset, if only for a brief moment. There is a halfway house, complete with half-court entertainment, in Seneca County, Ohio, about 1,000 ft from the DOT offices. I do not...
Everyone knows a hill of soybeans is worth something. The crop is a huge economic driver for the U.S., and the Illinois Soybean Association is trying to play a huge role in the next transportation-funding bill.   Last week I received a packet from the group in the mail. In it contained a zip drive...
I haven’t seen anything flying overhead, but if there were it would generate quite a buzz. That’s because the speed violations would be many, and some controversial.   The Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) is currently under construction, and it is a route I take to work just about every morning. The...
He was face down in the icy snow on our front yard, and I was not about to lift him up. It was the dead of winter and we were trying to sell our house, and the dead-end of a real estate agent we were working with had a contract that was ticking close to expiration. For 90 days he failed to bring in...
Contrary to my April editorial, which was written in late March, the Senate is not sitting around doing nothing in regards to a new multiyear highway bill. However, it might just be a step above doing next to nothing.   OK, maybe I should not be so harsh, but Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman...
The DOTs are neglecting neglected roads.   According to a recent survey by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense, which looked at road conditions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia between 2009 and 2011, states spent $20.4 billion each year on road expansion compared to $16...
All hope will be lost when a paleontologist steps in. However, you might as well classify it as a fossil now, an $80 million one frozen in time and buried deep beneath the Seattle surface for the past 60 days or so. I’m talking about the one they call Big Bertha, the tunnel-boring machine the size...
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