Editorial/Commentary

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...
News October 07, 2015
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Executive Director Joe Weber is stepping down at the end of 2015, after heading the agency for 18 months.   Weber’s retirement comes after the August retirement of Deputy Executive Director John Barton. It also follows the February appointment of a new...
News October 01, 2015
AASHTO named the winners in their 2015 Faces of Transportation awards competition. Twenty-nine employees of state DOTs and nine private citizens submitted 103 photos and 12 videos for the contest.   Photos were judged in three categories: People Building America People Touring America Innovators in...
News August 26, 2015
The U.S. Departments of Transportation, Education, and Labor released a joint report entitled “Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways across the Transportation Industry.” The report details the future growth areas or employment “hot spots” in transportation by industry subsectors,...
News February 25, 2015
Anticipating new development and increased traffic, one Texas city came up with a bold solution: a reconstructed roadway that preserves long-term sustainability while maximizing development potential.   The city of Rowlett, northeast of Dallas, is experiencing significant growth fueled by two...
News May 30, 2014
The Texas Transportation Commission approved an $847.6 million expansion of S.H. 183 this week, adding capacity to the east-west corridor that provides access to the south entrance of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Work is scheduled to begin in fall 2014, with completion targeted for 2018...
News October 12, 2012
Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez joined North Carolina Transportation Secretary Gene Conti at the site of the $89 million I-77/I-40 Interchange to review early construction work on one of the state's largest road improvement projects.   "By building and improving highways, American...
News October 11, 2012
Each year, Texans waste more than 2 million hours sitting in traffic on I-35W near downtown in Fort Worth. With the completed negotiation of a new highway construction agreement this week, the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) hopes to cut that time by more than a third. The draft...
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