April 15, 2019
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently published the second edition of its Manual for Bridge Element Inspection (MBEI) reference guide.
The new reference guide replaces two current AASHTO publications, including the first edition of the MBEI,...
April 03, 2019
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the recently released U.S. DOT 2018 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database reveals that 47,052 of U.S. bridges are classified as structurally deficient and in poor condition.
Vehicles of all kinds cross these...
April 02, 2019
Crews are continuing to work on emergency repairs today after a large chunk of concrete railing fell off an I-75 North bridge onto the I-24 westbound ramp below in Chattanooga, Tenn., late Monday morning, injuring one person.
A section of I-75 was closed down to traffic after the collapse, near...
April 01, 2019
Few things frustrate the average motorist more than unrepaired potholes.
They often require drivers to slow down and steer around them or risk damage to the driver’s vehicle; even mild potholes still remain a nuisance to drivers (think spilled coffee on the morning commute). Potholes certainly...
March 28, 2019
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is making a run as a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 race, today released a trillion-dollar proposal to help rebuild the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.
According to the details of the plan from her campaign, Klobuchar...
March 21, 2019
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced plans to establish the city's first dedicated Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve the safety and accessibility of city streets, and to meet the increasing demands of Atlanta’s growing population.
The move is a key pillar of Mayor...
March 12, 2019
Researchers in the state of Michigan are planning to install up to 2,000 infrastructure sensors on the Mackinac Bridge in order to explore the logistics of a large-scale deployment and provide useful monitoring data to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA).
According to a press release from the...
February 25, 2019
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A section of SH 70N in Hawkins County, Tenn., has been closed indefinitely after a mudslide occurred early Thursday morning, claiming the life of one motorist and injuring another.
Local reports indicate that the man killed was traveling south on the highway when the slide swept his vehicle 200...
February 20, 2019
During an industry executive panel at the ARRA-AEMA-ISSA annual meeting in Cancun, Mexico, most of the talk centered around forming relationships.
Like any segment in the road and bridge industry, the lack of skilled workers and funding continue to be the most pressing issues.
February 06, 2019
Finance company Value Penguin recently released a list of the states with the highest winter weather-related driving fatalities, compiled from statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
From 2013 to 2017, there were 2,718 fatalities that resulted from winter weather-...
February 06, 2019
The U.S. DOT's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) yesterday announced more than $705.7 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funding to help 34 states, as well as a few U.S. territories, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events.
“The Department is...
January 11, 2019
Officials with the Utah Department of Transportation are meeting with rangers from the National Park Service to discuss plowing roads in three of Utah’s national parks during the federal government shutdown.
The shutdown, which is now approaching the end of its third week, has halted funding to...
January 09, 2019
Transportation construction work across the nation has been put on hold by the federal government shutdown, with state transportation officials withholding approvals for 2019 projects until federal funding is guaranteed, according to a report from The Washington Post.
The amount of federal...
January 02, 2019
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The Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT) Safety Innovation Team is introducing an LED lighted plow marker for winter maintenance activities in the state in order to reduce the number of motorist collisions with the department's snowplows.
In the winter of 2017-18, there were 84...
December 17, 2018
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The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is continuing emergency repairs to Mamalahoa Highway (Rte. 11) in the Volcano area of Hawaii County following the seismic activity associated with the volcanic activity at the lower East Rift Zone of the Kilauea Volcano.
A 24-hour single-lane...
December 06, 2018
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Repair crews have already made substantial progress fixing the damaged roadways in Anchorage, Alaska, only a few days after a severe earthquake struck the area.
The 7.0-magnitude event shook the region on Nov. 30, leaving roadways in the area significantly cracked and impassible in many spots....
November 29, 2018
In recent years, paving has witnessed an increased focus on preservation treatments, ranging from crack seals to chip seals to thin-lift overlays, and others. A number of these treatments are often collectively referred to simply as seal treatments. As the term implies, a principle objective of...
November 28, 2018
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is continuing to hire candidates to drive snowplows and complete highway maintenance work this winter, as part of the 100+ permanent and seasonal maintenance positions the agency is opening up.
The 100 workers needed makes up a little more than 10...
November 09, 2018
The Blue Ridge Parkway revels in its new autumn shades of yellow, orange and red that follow the road’s meandering, peaceful curves. Quickly, the brisk fall weather turns to biting winter cold, and the skies shift from clear blues to darker greys. The landscape becomes stark, quiet and still as the...
October 31, 2018
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) just released a report card for the state of Connecticut’s infrastructure, and out of five categories, roads received the worst mark of D+. Wastewater also received a D+, with bridges earning a C-. The overall GPA for Connecticut’s infrastructure,...