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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Look! Free suckers! Oh, wait, hold on . . . yeah, if free is another word for a quarter—and one that will have the power to help fight muscular dystrophy no less—then go ahead and take one. This false hope of sugary goodness can be seen at the front counter of restaurants all over the country. For...
So if you do your job in saving the planet you may not get charged to use the Earth’s crust—at least from a motor-vehicle perspective.   It might happen in Virginia. On the first day of a new era in the state, one that involves restructuring the way drivers pay for road and bridge funding,...
We went 10 big.   When I first created the Top 10 Roads and Bridges list over a decade ago, we showcased the whoppers of the industry. In fact, the project with the word “big” in it was No. 1 (Boston’s Central Artery Tunnel—the Big Dig). Then I came up with a small tweak that meant a ton to many in...
I just started scratching my nail over the black-colored box protruding from the bow of my sailboat. All other prescriptions were exhausted, so I resorted to magic. The assignment in my eighth-grade math class was to create code for a picture on an Apple desktop computer. This was way before the...
I was a Labor Day baby. It’s really my holiday. What I mean is, in my world the planets are all aligned that weekend, and my feelings always seem to be dead on. I have a strong hunch the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will not open by the end of Bill Wilson’s three-day vacation in early...
"They pitch from the stretch! I just don’t understand it!” My wife was about to dump the half-eaten bowl of Lucky Charms on my head by now, and it probably would have done me some good. After all, I was still hot over my 7-year-old son’s season-opening baseball game 48 hours earlier, and a dairy...
They say over 90% of the city of Munich, Germany, was rebuilt after World War II. Apparently, the urban dwelling was a heavy target of the Allies, who left crater calling cards. Houston, Texas, never had German fighter pilots buzzing overhead. Instead, there have been motorists pounding the...
I’ve been greeted with a Hello Kitty too many times over the last few weeks, and it’s usually in the middle of the night. My youngest, Declan, is carrying on the deep family tradition of asthma-related illnesses, and last month he was diagnosed with the early stages of viral pneumonia. We would put...
I over-booked. Again.   Every time I am gearing up for another fantasy sports draft, I hit the local bookstore and can never decide which forecast carries the best insight, so I end up buying multiple magazines. Well, at $7.99 they can be classified as books. The night of the purchase, I flip...
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