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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OK, so the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is smaller than I thought, but I am not going to reconfigure the basis of my argument. A couple of weeks ago I penned a blog on the span, boasting about how it was designed to handle more traffic. Well, it really wasn’t, even though it does have...
Solo drivers in the Los Angeles area will not be able to freestyle in the carpool lane. Nope, not since the chief lifeguard told lawmakers the section will remain closed to anyone who just needs one life preserver under the front seat.   Assembly Bill 405 called for a pilot study on the effects of...
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The plug for the jukebox is more securely affixed to the wall than it ever has been. The works of Patsy Cline and Frank Sinatra are well intact, too. I was on a road trip with a colleague, and somewhere between Peoria, Ill., and Joliet he dove into this story about a guy who bought a restaurant in...
Underneath the flash and the glitz was a blue collar.   The new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is a signature span like no other, but above all else it was designed and built to carry more traffic. So far, it isn’t.   Now, part of the reason behind the spike is the fact that the bridge is fresh,...
We would harvest rocks about every July—and go all the way to Romulus, Mich., to do it, too. The ground there was rich with the product. Road trips to my grandfather’s house were always long and cramped between two older sisters. It quickly got to a point where I just wanted to feel the road turn...
Many politicians are returning from their summer break, and I am a little nervous as to who is driving the bus.   Several states are starting to feel the hurt from flat spending at the federal level and deteriorating gas-tax receipts. The state of Pennsylvania was forced to put weight restrictions...
  Break. Break! BREAK!” My 7-year-old son could not bear the pain anymore, and he just wanted something to give, and if that didn’t happen he just wanted a pause.   However, we were almost halfway through this spine-pulling ordeal, and I was not about to adhere to the break in the action, so I...
  When it comes to transportation funding, everybody that I talk to say those in Congress “get it.” Then why, when the bills are being constructed, do I find myself saying, “Where do they get off?”   The House of Representatives chose to delay a vote on its FY 2014 spending bill for the U.S. DOT...
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