Editorial/Commentary

Brian Budzynski
Article August 16, 2017
Since this edition of TM&E is largely concerned with various aspects of connected and automated vehicles and the environment they require, it was a minor felicity that I came across an interview conducted by Governing.com with California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. The...
Jim Barbaresso
Article August 16, 2017
Over the past few years, I’ve given presentations about the growing trend of Smart City initiatives to numerous planning commissions and government agencies around the country. One of the questions I get most often during the post-presentation Q&A is, “How do they do that?”   In other words, “...
News August 14, 2017
The tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., plus Trump's hesitation about working with Democrats on his infrastructure bill, I-84 redesign plans in Hartford and I-77 toll opposition in N.C. To hear the latest podcast, click here.
Bill Wilson
Article August 08, 2017
I should have melted Cheetos a second time in my Big Wheel trunk and forced John Casey to suck it dry.   I mean, he was supposed to be my best friend, but maybe he thought my absence gave him the best chance at winning? Big Wheels were huge back in my first-grade days. Our plastic front wheels were...
News August 07, 2017
Have you ever seen President Trump play volleyball? He needs a major score with the American people right now, and focusing on an infrastructure bill is the ticket. Also, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is set to be demolished in 2019 and there is a bicycle vigilante on the loose. To hear the latest...
News July 10, 2017
Who knew hemp had so many uses? We also toured the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange project and you can hear the interview with Project Manager Mark Klipstein. Industry news covers MoDOT's preservation strategy, Oregon's bike tax and a man's bucket list wish. To hear the podcast, click here.  
Article July 05, 2017
A 360° camera is not going to help me dunk a basketball.   It did, however, give me about seven more inches while I toured the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge project in Portsmouth, N.H., back in May. I needed more assistance getting up after being down on all fours; seriously, forget the help that would...
Article June 12, 2017
Roadway construction already is a dangerous working environment with over 700 fatalities annually in work zones alone. With connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) beginning to launch on our roadways, workers and motorists will have even more dangers facing them each day. Because the majority of...
Article June 06, 2017
What would copper tubing be doing under a bridge?   The answer is quite simple: It would not be under there in the first place. The price of copper these days continues to bring out the thief in some people. This is the reason why the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) would have never...
Article June 05, 2017
Years ago, you’d have to drive 50 miles on the interstate to see one.   Now, it seems, you can’t go five miles without getting tangled up in one.   They are roadway work zones, and they are here to stay for years to come, as part of the American landscape.   The significant increase in the amount...
Article May 31, 2017
“One of the most soul-destroying things is traffic. It takes away so much of your life. It’s horrible.”   Bravo.   This was Elon Musk discussing in a recent TED Talk his “hobby-level” interest in developing a 3-D network of underground tunnels as a means of alleviating traffic congestion and saving...
Article May 31, 2017
The Smart City movement is a growing trend among metropolitan governments to rethink, redefine and reinvigorate the role that transportation plays in the health and vitality of a community.   The large numbers of people migrating from rural to urban areas and straining existing transportation...
Article May 02, 2017
When a Sharpie gives you a black eye it never goes away. The embarrassment that comes with it is everlasting.   Barack Obama’s poster child during his 100 days in office was the $831 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The goal was to put people to work immediately and to get...
Article February 09, 2017
Asphalt pavements are inherently sustainable. A fully reusable material, more than 99% of asphalt pavement removed during maintenance and repair activities can be reclaimed for use in new pavements. During the 2015 construction season, a total of 78 million tons of asphalt pavement was reclaimed...
Article October 18, 2016
The I-290 Interchange project and the Illinois Route 390 project are part of the Illinois Tollway's Elgin-O'Hare Western Access Project. The editors of Roads & Bridges visited the site of the EOWA project earlier this summer. Scheduled to be complete in 2017, the I-290 Interchange project will...
Article October 07, 2016
What do you worry about in this day and age? We all want a convenient and dependable world where everything just works. But as the Internet of Things grows, our exposure to hackers has joined economics, crime and natural disasters in the national litany of concerns.   It would be hard to...
Article September 23, 2016
The editors of Roads & Bridges visited the site of the $475 million Jane Byrne Interchange project in Chicago, Ill., earlier this summer. The interchange is the meeting place for the I-90 Kennedy Expressway, the I-290 Eisenhower, and the I-94 Dan Ryan.   Click photo below to view slideshow.  
News September 16, 2016
Bill Malkes   Bill Malkes is part of a rare breed in the intelligent transportation industry. As he heads to Australia for the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Melbourne this October 10-14, he will share the story of GRIDSMART, the company he co-founded in 2007 with a core...
News May 31, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which concerns state-level legislation to ease the adaptation of driverless cars.
News January 26, 2016
Klaus Dittrich, chairman & CEO of Messe München, announced nominations for the Bauma Innovation Award 2016. Fifteen companies were nominated and the winners will be announced the evening before Bauma begins at a ceremony at the Allerheiligen Hofkirche (Court Church of All Saints) in the Munich...
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