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,...
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...
February 22, 2017
Snow drift held in check by roadside ditch, beyond which sits the living fence.
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,...
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...
February 20, 2017
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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...
February 15, 2017
Image source: ADOT
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...
February 07, 2017
Photo source: Georgia DOT
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...
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...