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Rural roads top states poor condition

All images courtesy of TRIP

Road Construction News May 24, 2019
America’s rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to support economic growth in the nation’s heartland, according to a new report recently released by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit.   The report, Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in...
Pettibone Traverse telehandlers with Bracing Systems Inc.
Technology News May 24, 2019
Pettibone adds Bracing Systems Inc. to dealer network May 8, 2019—Pettibone/Traverse Lift LLC announces the addition of Bracing Systems Inc. to its dealer network. With locations in Hanover Park and Mokena, Illinois, Bracing Systems will primarily focus on sales and service of Traverse telehandlers...
RB April 2018 FIU Bridge collapse coverage
Associations News May 23, 2019
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) recently announced its 2019 National Awards of Excellence winners, which included Roads & Bridges earning a Gold National Azbee Award in the Print category for its coverage of the Florida International University (FIU) bridge collapse...
Federal Transit Administration Access & Mobility Grants

Image: FTA

Funding News May 22, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced project selections totaling approximately $9.6 million to 37 projects led by transit agencies, governmental authorities, and nonprofit organizations to support innovative transportation solutions to expand access to health care.  ...
Colorado rockslide I-70 Glenwood Canyon

Image: Colorado DOT via Twitter

Maintenance News May 22, 2019
A large rockslide fell onto I-70 in Glenwood Canyon of the Glenwood Springs area in Colorado, closing down both directions of traffic along the interstate for several hours Tuesday morning.   The slide first occurred around 7 a.m. Tuesday near mile marker 122, according to local reports. The...
Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois

Gov. Pritzker speaks at the Illinois Capitol in May 2019. Image: Gov. JB Pritzker via Twitter.

Highway Construction News May 22, 2019
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently introduced a sweeping plan to address a variety of infrastructure needs throughout the state, including raising the motor fuel tax and investing over $28 billion in combined local, state, and federal funding for transportation projects.   Dubbed Rebuild Illinois,...
TuSimple self-driving truck tests for USPS

Image: TuSimple via Twitter

Technology News May 21, 2019
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) this week began a two-week trial to transport mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks.   According to a report from Reuters, the postal service is working with San Diego-based startup TuSimple, which is using its self-driving truck fleet to...
Concrete Mixers Videos May 21, 2019
Fully automated concrete mixers let you control your concrete needs; produce on-demand DOT Certified concrete
Illinois Tollway asphalt paving
Web Exclusive Asphalt Paving Article May 20, 2019
The Illinois Tollway maintains and operates 294 miles of roadway on five tollways across 12 counties in Northern Illinois and serves more than 1.6 million vehicles each day.   The system serves three international airports, connects to the nation’s second-largest rail network, and strives to...
Express lanes in Georgia; highway construction
Highway Construction News May 17, 2019
The Georgia DOT (GDOT) is planning to build new toll lanes along the top end of I-285—also known as The Perimeter—in the metro Atlanta region for a $4.6 billion expansion project.   According to GDOT, the I-285 top end in metro Atlanta is one of the most heavily traveled and congested interstate...
high-speed rail project California
Funding News May 17, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced this week that the agency is officially terminating its agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and is canceling the nearly $1 billion in funding for the state's high-speed rail project.   Back in February of this year, the...
Construction management for Caltrain improvements
Associations News May 17, 2019
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board selects LAN as part of construction management team for Caltrain improvements May 6, 2019—The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, the governing body for the Caltrain commuter rail transit service between San Francisco, San Jose and Gilroy, has selected civil...
Project Neon Las Vegas

A look at progress along Project Neon as of January 2019. Photo courtesy of Nevada DOT.

Highway Construction News May 16, 2019
The Nevada DOT (NDOT) announced this week that an expanded high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) network will open to Las Vegas traffic on Monday, May 20, marking an important step in the completion of Project Neon, the largest public works project in state history.   As a result of the opening, the Las...
Top 10 Roads 2019
Road Construction News May 16, 2019
The time has come to submit your entries for Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Roads awards for 2019. The deadline to enter a project for consideration is July 22.   All entered projects must be in the design, construction or completion phase over the last 18 months, and past winners are ineligible to...
ALL Crane Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1
Cranes Case Studies May 15, 2019
As any craftsman will tell you, having the right tool for the job makes all the difference. It is true for small tools weighing just a few ounces—and even for cranes, where bigger is not always better.   ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. of Cleveland, a member of the ALL Family of Companies,...
bus transit projects

Image: FTA

Funding News May 15, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $423.3 million in FY 2019 competitive grant funding for transit bus projects.   The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program is authorized to improve the condition of bus infrastructure...
Road driving simulator testing Missouri S&T; MoDOT

Students use a driving simulator on the Missouri S&T campus to test the Route 160 roadway design before construction. Photo by Tom Wagner/Missouri S&T, ©2019 Missouri S&T

Road Design News May 15, 2019
Two undergraduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) used a driving simulator to help a civil engineering firm evaluate a new roadway design for the $18.6 million Route 160 widening project from Springfield to Willard, Missouri.   The students worked with Crawford,...

Presto’s Geoterra HDPE mats

Drainage Case Studies May 14, 2019
Dickey Stephens Ball Park in Little Rock, Ark., is home to the AA minor league Arkansas Travelers, an Anaheim Angels farm team. A combination of recent flooding in the area and the park's unprotected drainage system led to the creation of multiple sinkholes around the field. The sinkhole in the...
autonomous vehicles; self-driving trucks
Technology News May 14, 2019
Testing of autonomous trucks is occurring this week along the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, Florida.   The self-driving trucks will be tested on the elevated reversible lanes of the expressway from Monday through Wednesday of this week between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, according to a...
Greater Dayton RTA

Image: Greater Dayton RTA via Twitter

Public Transportation News May 13, 2019
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will be joining forces with the Ford Motor Company in a first-of-its-kind project to offer transportation in the region with Ford GoRide Health.   Under the RTA Connect family of services, Ford’s GoRide Health will add a new channel of...
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