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U.S. DOT announces funds to improve transit on tribal lands
Transit News December 15, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the award of approximately $5 million to help American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal governments initiate, continue and improve transit service on tribal lands. The funding is provided through the FTA’s Tribal...
Georgia’s Fulton County floats transit plan that includes BRT service
Traffic Management News December 15, 2017
After a series of public forums in which county representatives engaged with residents, officials in Fulton County, Ga., have created a transit master plan that calls for extensions of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).   The $16 billion plan also calls for light rail at the...
BoardWalk Ramp and Platform with detectable warning stripe
Safety Products Case Studies December 14, 2017
The city of Toronto, Canada, launched the King Street Transit Pilot Project just a month ago, on Nov. 13, 2017. The purpose of the project is to improve transit reliability, capacity and speed. Giving priority to streetcars, the project does not allow personal vehicles through certain intersections...
Uber
Law News December 14, 2017
The Justice Department is conducting at least one criminal investigation into ride-hailing company Uber, according to a letter made public this week.   The letter from the U.S. attorney's office for the Northern District of California does not specify exactly what is being investigated, but said...
wrong-way traffic sign
Traffic Safety News December 14, 2017
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is launching a pilot program this winter that will help harness the technology already available on the Triangle Expressway (SH 540 in western Wake County) to curb wrong-way crashes.   According to NCDOT, there were more than 500 wrong-way...
Tires Case Studies December 14, 2017
Backed by Bridgestone, Firestone VersaBuilt tires are designed to perform across a wide variety of environments, applications and equipment to keep jobsites operating efficiently.   Tony Perrotti, operations manager for JR Hayes Corp., a site development contractor in the Pacific Northwest, has...
Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge

Image: Free-Lance Star

Bridge Construction News December 13, 2017
An upcoming meeting and recent movement on a major bridge project underlines what the future might hold for drivers along a major Virginia corridor where population and traffic is expected to grow in the coming decades.   The Virginia Department of Transportation will host a public meeting this...
autonomous buses
Automated Vehicles News December 13, 2017
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), along with various partners, is testing out self-driving buses that could carry commuters on state roads.   Minnesota transit leaders introduced the autonomous shuttle bus to the media at MnDOT’s road research center in Monticello. Throughout the...
autonomous vehicles and alternative transportation
Law News December 12, 2017
Lawmakers in the state of Florida are proposing the creation of a “Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority” that would oversee developing transportation systems for things such as autonomous vehicles.   The authority would be within the Florida Department of Transportation and would receive...
Mississippi winter
Winter Maintenance News December 11, 2017
In this video from the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), Melinda McGrath, P.E., executive director of MDOT, answers questions about the process for pre-treating and maintaining roadways during a winter weather event. Mississippi is currently experiencing ice on roads and bridges in...
subway
Transit News December 11, 2017
An explosion rattled through one of the busiest transit hubs in New York City Monday morning, causing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of commuters.   According to the New York Times, the New York Police Department said that one person was in custody after the blast echoed through the...
Hwy. 67 culvert redesign in Wis. to aid aquatic habitat
Culvert RepairRehabilitation News December 08, 2017
Fishing is a pretty big deal in certain parts of Wisconsin, and one of those parts is Fond du Lac County. According to a story by local Fox affiliate 11, the shoreline of the 423-acre Long Lake is an excellent spot for all kinds of catch.   “Crappies, bluegill, perch, walleye, northern [pike] and...
The wrong-way detection signs will go in at the I-15-Starr Avenue interchange, which is now under construction
Safety Products News December 08, 2017
The I-15/Starr Avenue interchange project in Clark County, Nev., has aimed, since its inception, to reduce crashes and alleviate local-road congestion—and a new, fairly simple safety measure has Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials optimistic that incident reduction will happen...
LIRR Bridge overpass

Image: MTA

Bridges News December 07, 2017
Looking to prevent dangerous bridge strikes, New York is spending $4.3 million to install additional detectors to keep over-height vehicles off state parkways, where overpasses are lower than many.   The detector systems are intended to prevent incidents that in 2017 have so far included more than...
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization Case Studies December 07, 2017
The widening of a road around the south end of popular Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton Bay, N.H., created a steep slope (1H:1V) adjacent to the roadway. Concern that potential erosion and washout would occur during heavy rain events made stabilization of the 52-ft slope necessary.   Project objectives...
Concrete Blades Case Studies December 06, 2017
Operating a flat saw takes skill, knowledge and endurance. It also takes having the right flat saw and the right diamond blade pared for the job. When these factors—skilled operator, flat saw and diamond blade—come together, a project even with its own unique set of circumstances can go smoothly...
Michigan DOT to replace I-375 freeway with surface street
Road Construction News December 06, 2017
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced its intention to proceed with plans to gut Detroit’s I-375 expressway and restore in its location a surface street by 2022.   At present, funding has yet to be arranged, but MDOT’s resolve in this matter appears to be firm. Where the...
Dual wing plow

Five recently configured dual-wing plows will be used primarily along eastern Oregon multi-lane freeways.

Web Exclusive Winter Maintenance Article December 05, 2017
“Winter isn’t over til it’s summer.”   That’s the story heard from winter maintenance workers out on the roads in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon, as the mountain range sees snowfall from as early as September to as late as May. It is in this region that most of the snowplows in the state of Oregon...
Eric Hartmann
Web Exclusive Snow Control Article December 05, 2017
With winter now upon us, Roads & Bridges spoke with Eric Hartmann, vice president of sales and marketing for Tovar Snow Professionals, about best practices for snow and ice control, the importance of off-season training, and more.   RB: Your firm has offices all over the country, so you face...
black ice
Winter Maintenance News December 05, 2017
Winter road maintenance could be getting more efficient thanks to the Grip, a black-ice detection system from two Finnish research organizations.   The two firms—EEE Innovations and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland—developed the system to accurately detect slippery road conditions in real-...
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