July 20, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released its latest National Highway Construction Cost Index (NHCCI 2.0), a quarterly estimate of the rising cost of domestic highway construction and maintenance over time.
NHCCI 2.0 is the first major revision...
July 03, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) informed state departments of transportation how much each is losing as of June 30 in certain categories of highway program contract authority, as Congress required in the fiscal 2017 government funding bill that it sent to President Trump on May 4.
June 26, 2017
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 1 is responsible for over 3,600 road miles and more than 2,000 bridges. Thanks to severe winter weather and lake effect snow conditions, this region is perhaps the most challenging area for maintenance of all the PennDOT districts. The...
June 19, 2017
Image source: Indianapolis Star
The state of Indiana announced an agreement Friday to take control of construction of the 21-mile stretch of I-69 from Bloomington to Martinsville, a project that was originally a public-private partnership (P3).
The agreement terminates a contract with I-69 Development Partners, the private...
June 06, 2017
Weather is a major factor in surface transportation—it impacts traffic flow and patterns, and is often a precursor to accidents, a significant portion of which result in injury or death.
During the period from late fall through early spring, all potential driving hazards are in play, from rain...
May 24, 2017
Image source: Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
The city of Anchorage, Alaska, spent about $4 million more on snow removal last winter than in each of the previous two winters, but $5 million less than a winter five years ago with record-breaking snowfall, according to data provided by the city.
This year's snow maintenance price tag reflects...
May 24, 2017
The city of Columbia, Mo., is considered to be a full-service city, which means providing the basic city services of police, fire, street maintenance, health and parks & recreation. Other services such as water, electric, sewer, solid waste, airport and transit are provided as well. The city of...
May 24, 2017
The city of Montgomery, Ohio, is a suburb of the greater Cincinnati area and is located approximately 15 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati. An affluent community with a population of 10,261, the expectations and demands on the Public Works Department to maintain 95 lane miles of roadway during...
May 10, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced the immediate availability of $3 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help begin repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges in Missouri as well as federal roads in the Mark Twain National Forest and...
May 08, 2017
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May 02, 2017
The northwestern portion of the Viaduct crosses the Los Angeles River, the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail and Riverside Drive. The PVC shrink-wrap contains the blasting media and byproducts.
While “blast and paint” rolls off the tongue easily, providing access to the underside of the Elysian Viaduct Bridge for rehabilitation work is anything but easy.
In fact, as the original bridge construction project neared completion, the September-October 1961 issue of the Official Journal of...
April 21, 2017
Image source: West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.)
Two local landowners have teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in District 8 to improve safety on the notorious stretch of Highway 67 west of Granite Falls by building a permanent snow fence.
The landowners and MnDOT have installed a 1,500-ft fence, or approximately ¼...
April 03, 2017
A number of states and the federal government use “compensatory mitigation” to replace or enhance wetland habitats that are destroyed or significantly impacted by the construction or widening of highways.
For example, the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) has restored or built over 200...
April 03, 2017
The I-55 Stevenson Expressway linking Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is one major project continuing for IDOT in 2017
Back in August 2016, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges covered the progress of Chicago’s Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project. One of the signature accomplishments over the last year for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was the completion of the westbound flyover...
March 27, 2017
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A team of research technicians from the Bowen Laboratory at Purdue University’s Lyles College of Civil Engineering recently employed a sensor system developed by the Bridge Engineering Center at Iowa State University on the CR 250 E bridge in Lebanon, Ind., for a load bearing test that could...
March 22, 2017
Poor roads and bridges are costing South Carolinians $5.4 billion a year, according to a report released Tuesday by a Washington, D.C.-based transportation research group.
TRIP states nearly two-thirds of the state’s major locally and state-maintained urban roads and highways are in poor...
March 02, 2017
An autonomous shuttle testing at MCity.
The auto zone
The state of Michigan has long been associated with the road and how we traverse it. Home to the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, among many other automotive ventures, Michigan, in the words of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Communications Director Jeff...
March 01, 2017
The recent wet weather has exacerbated pothole problems in the Bay Area of California, and governments are using makeshift patches as a temporary solution but the University of California (UC) Pavement Research Center is eyeing a permanent fix.
The state legislature established the lab 70 years...
February 24, 2017
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that it is in the process of expanding its pothole information program that was piloted in areas of central and western Massachusetts over the past year and includes an online MassDOT Potholes Dashboard that provides data to the...
February 23, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced the immediate availability of $1 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help begin repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges in Nevada.
“The flooding has caused significant damage to roads and bridges in the northern part of Nevada,...