Editorial/Commentary

News October 16, 2017
I've been called a lot of things, but don't ever call me fake news. NAPA's take on research that said asphalt pavements were not strong enough to handle climate change; DOT officials push for a Highway Trust Fund fix; study shows people brake more for white pedestrians than black; and WYDOT makes...
Survey
News October 16, 2017
The team at Roads & Bridges invites all our readership to participate in our annual State of the Industry survey. We want to hear your perspective on the 2017 construction season, what's happening in your region and what you expect 2018 to be like for your company.    Please take a few minutes...
U.S. Highway 51 bridge
Article October 16, 2017
In March 2016, a flood event severely damaged the U.S. Highway 51 Bridge over the Coldwater River in Tate County, Miss. The bridge was scheduled for replacement in November 2016. After inspection, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) determined repairing the bridge was not a feasible...
Brian Budzynski
Article October 12, 2017
Recently U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a series of updated federal guidelines aimed at smoothing the path toward getting more autonomous vehicles on the road for testing and deployment. The guidelines were designed to preclude what Secretary Chao characterized as a “patchwork...
Jim Barbaresso
Article October 12, 2017
Two main components of becoming a Smart City are the seamless sharing of data and leveraging emerging and innovative technology.   Generally speaking, emerging technology might include developments in the electrical grid to support smart street lighting and electric vehicle charging. It might be...
Bill Wilson
Article October 05, 2017
Nobody should be feeding paste to their imaginary friend.   Well, I guess you could include the invisible comrade, but as parents we want our kids, as early as Kindergarten, to be the ruler of the nap blankets. A lot of friends give Mom and Dad a sense of security (albeit a false sense) that our...
News September 18, 2017
State DOTs come to the aid of Florida's DOT in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Va.'s I-66 project needs more money from the state, environmental streamlining building steam, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
News September 11, 2017
Sixteen years ago today, America changed forever . . . and I first found out about it in an elevator. Plus, an interview with Dale Keller of the Nevada DOT on the progress of Project Neon in Las Vegas, federal highway funding levels will remain flat, the Highway Trust Fund continues to stumble...
Bill Wilson
Article September 07, 2017
American public works directors . . . lipsmoving . . . prepare . . . lipsmovinglipsmovinglipsmoving . . . to meet . . . lipsmovinglipsmoving . . . your doom.   The Japanese knotweed is not something fictionalized by Rising Sun cinema, but if Godzilla were real it would be a series of bamboo stems...
News September 05, 2017
Steve McGough, president and CFO of HCSS, offers a first-hand account of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Also, the Trump administration continues to work on an infrastructure bill, a trail could put the I-66 widening project in Va. in jeopardy, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
jobsite
News August 23, 2017
Similar to our efforts to boost exposure of a variety of road and bridge construction projects through video submissions, the editors at Roads & Bridges are putting out a call for photo entries to display as a “photo gallery” on our website.   We invite construction professionals, DOT members...
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...
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