Maintenance

This section offers several areas to explore: winter maintenance, snow and ice control, vegetation management, roadside and bridge maintenance, product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list. The product spotlights contain information and photos of equipment relevant to the specific maintenance types. 

Image source: West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.)

News April 21, 2017
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...
Article 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...

The I-55 Stevenson Expressway linking Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is one major project continuing for IDOT in 2017

Article April 03, 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...

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News March 27, 2017
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...
News 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...

An autonomous shuttle testing at MCity.

Article March 02, 2017
MICHIGAN: 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...
News 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...

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News February 24, 2017
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...
News 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,...
Case Studies February 22, 2017
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Bridge Maintenance Division 6 had a major erosion problem at the bridge piles underneath I-95 at Highway 87 in Cumberland County, N.C. The bridge deck above was leaking water at the joint, cascading down and eroding the slope that protects the...

Snow drift held in check by roadside ditch, beyond which sits the living fence.

Article February 22, 2017
In Iowa, preparation for snow season never ends. Much of the warm weather work takes the form of planning for and planting living snow fences.   Living snow fences as a concept are nothing new. Their use harkens back to the windbreaks that protected farmsteads in the 1930s. As early as the 1960s,...
Article February 22, 2017
To the men and women who handle snow operations in Denver, twenty deployments each season to plow nearly 5 ft of annual snow is just another day at the office. It goes with the job, and the staff handle the shift changes and varying conditions with aplomb. Like much of the country, however, Denver...
News February 20, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses maintenance challenges for the 2016-2017 winter.
Case Studies February 16, 2017
Shortly after 2010, the streets of North Port, Fla. had fallen into severe disrepair—with increasingly costly maintenance.   On Nov. 6, 2012, a referendum passed authorizing the city to obtain a bond up to $46 million to upgrade substandard roads within three years.   The city promoted the project...

Image source: ADOT

News February 15, 2017
Sensors installed at three Interstate 40 locations west of Flagstaff are helping the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) forecast the likelihood of ice forming and respond accordingly.   The combination of freezing temperatures and moisture means ice can form overnight in Arizona’s high...

Photo source: Georgia DOT

News February 07, 2017
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) new Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP) begins its phased launch today in Northeast Georgia, with plans to roll out the service to five other districts in the state by this May.   CHAMP will serve most interstates across...
News December 19, 2016
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced plans to begin using rock salt to augment its use of magnesium chloride solution for ice and snow control on roads across the state.   Specific problem areas, such as steep hills, will get the rock salt to speed melting and improve...

Photo source: MDOT via Mining Journal

News December 19, 2016
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is banking on connected vehicle technology to help clear snow and ice from roadways faster. GPS-based automatic vehicle location devices, which the agency began installing on its winter road maintenance equipment in 2013, report where each truck is,...
Article December 05, 2016
There’s a 100% chance that the weather will change. The best tool road crews have to get out ahead of that changing weather is time. Having to “chase a storm” is costly and dangerous. Nobody’s happy: citizens, government officials, schools, businesses and least of all, the snow fighters who may...

Photo source: Flickr/Phillip Capper

News December 02, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has identified $9 billion worth of unfunded priority project, including the widening of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock, but is faced with a $1.41 billion budget for 2017, a budget which is at present over-burdened with maintenance requests.  ...
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