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,...
October 12, 2018
Hurricane Michael has moved through the state of Georgia, leaving damage to homes and businesses, downed trees and power lines, blocked roads and traffic signal outages across the state.
In accordance with Gov. Nathan Deal’s seven-day state of emergency declaration, which was expanded Wednesday...
October 03, 2018
The topic of winter maintenance is a hair's breadth from being perhaps the apex topic for transportation agencies, notably in the Midwest. In an effort to be ready for whatever Mother Nature hurls at them this winter, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced it intends on hiring...
September 26, 2018
More than 100 snowplow operators from around the state of Minnesota will spend the last two weeks of September training at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, learning how to most safely and effectively clear snow when it falls on state roads.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) said...
September 21, 2018
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the immediate availability of $14 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore access to essential roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Florence throughout North Carolina.
The $14 million payment is an...
September 20, 2018
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) engineers have started to assess Hurricane Florence-affected roads so necessary repairs can be made in the hard-hit areas in the eastern part of the state.
State transportation engineers are assessing sections of 72 primary and secondary roads...
September 20, 2018
Officials with the city of Syracuse, N.Y., have announced the city's intention to expand its winter maintenance regimen by adding 20 miles of sidewalks to its regular plowing and snow removal schedule.
The area has traditionally contended with fairly weak snow removal laws, and city officials...
September 11, 2018
States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Florence's arrival, a Category 4 hurricane expected to hit the Atlantic Coast later this week, including evacuation plans and transit cancellations for some.
An evacuation of South...
September 05, 2018
Winter maintenance activities bring unique challenges to agencies charged with maintaining safety and mobility of roadways and surfaces.
While it is accepted practice within winter operations to base needed resources and modes of operation upon historical averages of what has been required during...