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Rte. 36 in Macon County, Mo.

Workers use IC and IR to improve paving operations on Rte. 36 in Macon County, Mo.

Article May 23, 2018
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) executed a year-long project throughout 2017 to demonstrate the use of intelligent compaction (IC), infrared scanning (IR) and Veta software to improve pavement construction operations.   “We were looking for ways to assess quality in asphalt...
Rte. 79/I-195 Interchange Reconstruction

The existing interchange was comprised of 11 separate structures totaling 111 spans, 10 of which were classified as structurally deficient with 94% of the steel rated deficient and requiring costly emergency repairs.

Article December 04, 2017
When final design and construction launched in 2013 on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Rte. 79/I-195 Interchange Reconstruction and Braga Bridge Improvements project in downtown Fall River, safety, accessibility, traffic management and community enhancement served as the...
Top Road No. 1 2017
Article October 05, 2017
Noted transportation author and UC-Berkeley professor Robert Cervero once wrote, “Planning of the automobile city focuses on saving time. Planning for the accessible city, on the other hand, focuses on time well spent.”   This statement stands well as a philosophical and operational treatise for...
Top Road No. 4 2017
Article October 05, 2017
Reducing delivery time on a major road project by 17 years was not a reality the team at the Ohio Department Transportation (ODOT) thought could ever be achievable. That is, until they entered into their first public-private partnership (P3) to complete the 16-mile-long bypass of Portsmouth known...
Top Road No. 5 2017
Article October 05, 2017
There is a kind of under lining that does not call out to anyone.    Due to the 50-plus-year age of S.R. 178 in Bakersfield, Calif., as-built records for installation and relocation of gas, electric, telephone, fiber optic, water and sewer lines—tucked under the surface in all directions—were...
Anthony Henday
Article October 05, 2017
Four years of detours, traffic snarls, varying speed limits, and stop-and-start driving has come to an end for drivers in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with the completion of the northeast stretch of Anthony Henday Drive.   The northeast segment is the final leg of Edmonton’s transportation ring road...
Poinciana Parkway
Article September 07, 2017
Early in 2017, the Osceola County Expressway Authority (OCX) and the residents of Poinciana, Fla., celebrated the completion of the new, 10-mile-long Poinciana Parkway.   The parkway is a limited-access toll road that connects north-central Osceola County to Polk County, and enables the community...
A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

Article July 05, 2017
MAINE: Up in salmon countryby Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   “Engineering used to be about mobility, but now it’s more about reliability and safety. Speed is not a primary concern for us.”   “Us” being the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), as exemplified by Chief Engineer Joyce...
I-40 project in Nashville hits tight time target
Article June 06, 2017
In April 2015, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced plans to replace part of its aging infrastructure on the outer loop of I-40 in downtown Nashville.   The project, better known as “Fast Fix 8,” included demolishing and reconstructing eight bridge decks over a 13-week period...
Winona span latest to benefit from I-35W legislation
Article May 02, 2017
When the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge collapsed tragically in Minneapolis in 2007, the state’s legislature wasted no time in passing legislation in 2008 for a 10-year Bridge Replacement Program focused on bridges classified as either structurally deficient or fracture critical.   According to...
Large church, huge operation made SH 74 challenging
Article March 02, 2017
They attended to the church regularly.   Old State Highway (SH) 74 in Oklahoma City had been servicing cars for about a century, and the two-lane road, which was without shoulders, had been out of its element for years. With an average daily traffic of 30,000 (about 30% coming from trucks) people...
Exploring methods of identifying asphalt segregation three-dimensionally
Article February 09, 2017
Pavement quality control is an important endeavor for transportation agencies.   It involves ongoing research for new methodologies in pavement surfacing. One of the main issues affecting the performance of asphalt pavement is segregation. Segregation is defined as “a lack of homogeneity in the hot...
A major dual-corridor project in the vast Utah desert gets it done right
Article February 08, 2017
In 1942, as the nation plunged headlong into the second world war, the U.S. military opened the Dugway Proving Ground, an installation located 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, for the purpose of testing biological and chemical weapons in a low-drift, relatively contained area.   This...
Major tourist attraction in Sequoia National Park gets full-depth reclamation
Article February 08, 2017
Mount Whitney, best known as the highest peak in the contiguous U.S., graces the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California with its towering presence at Sequoia National Park and Inyo National Forest at an elevation of 14,505 ft.   Serving as the gateway to this colossal summit is Whitney Portal,...
Village of Verdigre, Neb., finds a long-lasting solution
Article February 08, 2017
To settle the nerves he just kept making a fist.   After water was added to a mixture that included portland cement, the old asphalt that once formed Main Street (and its sub-base) in the village of Verdigre, Neb., Dale Bohac started following the padfoot roller on the job. Every few yards he would...
Minnesota researchers measure the effectiveness of wetland creation in abandoned gravel pits
Article February 08, 2017
The state of Minnesota has a rather diverse ecological and geographical environment, with a majority of agriculture and farmland to be found in the southwest region of the state, while wild, forested lands still heavily occupy the northwest.   As such, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (...
Newport on the Levee is a retail area in northern Kentucky in need of a connector.
Article January 03, 2017
Newport on the Levee is a retail area in northern Kentucky in need of a connector.   Claire’s, Barnes & Noble and unique local businesses such as Kelly’s Kloset can all be found there. You can even see hand-crafted concrete, which is on display and will serve as a traffic management solution...
Newly developed precast concrete paving system opens opportunities for work on congested roadways

Photo courtesy of NYC Department of Design and Construction

Article January 03, 2017
Roads are a critical part of our everyday lives. Some lead us to family, some—like mountain passes—take our breath away and others serve more mundane purposes, like getting us around town for our weekend errands.   No matter what the purpose, today’s network of more than 2.68 million miles of paved...
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