Editorial/Commentary

Top 10 Roads 2019
News May 16, 2019
The time has come to submit your entries for Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Roads awards for 2019. The deadline to enter a project for consideration is July 22.   All entered projects must be in the design, construction or completion phase over the last 18 months, and past winners are ineligible to...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article May 08, 2019
A few issues ago I got pretty snippy about the unnecessary complication of buying a transit ticket in Washington, D.C. This past January, I was again back in D.C., attending the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting, and this time circumstance did not require me to use the city’s public...
Nathan Smith Final Say
Article May 08, 2019
As we enter spring in 2019, an infrastructure package continues to be a topic of hearings, press conferences and discussion on Capitol Hill. The challenge is that every day that passes is a day closer to Election Day 2020, when we will have congressional and presidential elections—and possibly,...
Richard Willis
Article May 06, 2019
The potential sustainable benefits of alternative binder use are positive for the asphalt industry, the environment and society.   Alternative binders (ABs) are available for optimizing higher recycling rates to improve economic and field performance. They also can modify and improve petroleum-...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article May 03, 2019
I don’t think I am alone in thinking that in recent years our national bridge situation seemed to teeter rather delicately on the edge of being objectively bleak.   While the term “structurally deficient” has fallen out of favor with the FHWA, it is still the favored term throughout our industry,...
Bridge collapse
News April 03, 2019
Connectiv has announced the winners for the 65th Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards, which include Roads & Bridges for Best Subject-Related Package. The editorial team of Roads & Bridges’ Editorial Director Bill Wilson, along with Managing Editor Brian W. Budzynski, Associate Editor Tim Bruns, and...
Road and bridge construction podcast; opioids

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News April 03, 2019
In the first of a multi-part series, we talk about the opioid crisis in the construction industry. Also, special reports on the I-70 rockslide in Colorado and the privacy dilemma facing state DOTs. To listen to our latest podcast, click here. 
Bill Wilson
Article April 01, 2019
The Cellar did not even look like it was open for business. Still, many people in my position might have  tested the door.   I am not a drinker. Never have been, never will be ... not even after a potentially terrifying situation. In early February I found myself underneath the I-80 bridge in...
Industry Icons 2019
Article April 01, 2019
  Neil Pedersen, Executive Director, Transportation Research Board   THE AIM OF A LIFETIME TRB’s executive director has no plans to quit now by Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   “When I was about eight years old, the Massachusetts Turnpike was being constructed not too far from our house.   “I...
Bill Wilson
Article March 04, 2019
You can’t make a career out of holding a garden shovel in one hand and a plastic bag in the other.   Credit me for trying to instill the value of hard work into my kids’, well, values. Picking up after our dogs is a constant battle with the three of them, and the number of land mines in the plastic...
Road and bridge construction podcast

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News March 01, 2019
In a fully loaded Infrastructure Insider, we go over the recent bridge troubles in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Associate Editor Tim Bruns talked with the Chicago DOT after bridge cracking was discovered on Lake Shore Drive (5:45). The I-80 bridge in Joliet also is in trouble. We talked to...
U.S. Congress infrastructure plan
Article February 11, 2019
Our nation’s infrastructure is the backbone of our economy. Roads, rails, highways, and bridges move the people and products that makes our nation’s $20 trillion GDP possible. For example, in Indiana 78% of the state’s $761 billion worth of commodities are shipped each year to and from here by...
Road and bridge construction podcast

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News February 07, 2019
The Senate looks at ways to finance the next long-term highway bill without raising taxes, Louisiana looks at a public-private partnership to fund new I-10 bridge, the Nevada DOT's Ryan Wheeler talks with Roads & Bridges live from the I-15/Starr Interchange project, and more. To listen to our...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article February 01, 2019
Corporations protect their investments. Seems obvious, doesn’t it?   In fact, it seems­—to me at least—so obvious that my default attitude toward any corporation is one of suspicion. To wit: I do not believe there is a company in the world with my human interest at the fore of its mission or...
Patrick McPharlin
Article February 01, 2019
Insurance is in the early stages of disruption at each point in the value chain due to technology and innovation, similar to the impacts of technology on the banking industry in the early 2000s. Autonomous vehicles also are a force beginning to impact the insurance industry. What is the future...
Road and bridge construction podcast

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News January 31, 2019
We talk to PCA Senior Vice President of Market Intelligence and Chief Economist Ed Sullivan on his take on the road and bridge industry, and it's not the brightest. Plus, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee springs to action, the Virginia DOT plans for an I-95 crossing, and more...
Road and bridge construction podcast

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News January 16, 2019
We interview the new president and CEO of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association Dave Bauer about long-term funding and the government shutdown. Also, the Tappan Zee Bridge goes down, Washington State DOT deals with Viadoom, and more! To listen to the podcast, click here. 
Bill Wilson
Article January 02, 2019
Let’s see, I’ll take the bedroom set for $2,000 and the trip to Acapulco for $4,000. Um, um, ooh, the fitness equipment for $2,500. How much time do I have left to spend the rest of my money?   Ah, the Wheel of Fortune back when you used your winnings and shopped them away right there on set. It...
Road and bridge construction podcast

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News December 20, 2018
President Trump threatens to thwart infrastructure legislation if Congress does not fund border wall, Maryland moves forward with I-270 project and we interview Caltrans on the progress of the I-5 widening project. To listen to our latest podcast, click here. 
Road and bridge construction podcast

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News December 05, 2018
Roads & Bridges talks with Max Kuney, president of Max J. Kuney Co., for his take on business conditions in 2018 and 2019. Also, Alaska recovers from earthquake, Trump's steel tariffs spike cost of public works projects, and more. To hear the latest podcast, click here. 
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