Bill Wilson is the editorial director of ROADS & BRIDGES magazine and has been covering the industry since 1999. He has won seven Robert F. Boger Awards for editorial excellence, including three in 2011. He also was the creator of the Top 10, Contractor's Choice Awards and Recycling Awards platforms, as well as ROADS & BRIDGES Live.
NEW POLL: California now has two pilot programs that will use generators embedded in pavement to produce energy (like turbines and solar panels). Traffic on the road would feed the generators. Do you think this technology looks promising?
- New poll: The Colorado DOT ended a pilot program on I-25 that consisted of a dedicated direct lane for thru traffic. It was somewhat successful, but too many motorists were weaving in and out. With more research, does this sound promising?
- New poll: The Washington state Senate rejected a proposal that would have raised the gas tax 10.5 cents and generated $10 billion. Senators would like the bill to focus more on congestion relief. Do you agree?
- NEW POLL: Mass. governor Baker recently opposed a Fed-sponsored vehicle-miles traveled tax pilot program. Bad choice? Would this not be a sound alternative to a gas tax boost for generating state revenue?
- New poll: A new funding strategy, called investment public-private partnership, would lock away a large upfront cash payment from an investor in a fund that would pay an annual dividend to all households in the region of the new road. What do you think?
- New poll: According to a new study, driverless cars like the one being developed by Google might actually increase energy use and traffic because people who now take public transit will make the switch. Do you agree?