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BOMAG, Komatsu
Associations News January 18, 2019
BOMAG & Komatsu America distribution pact paves the way to new roadbuilding and construction market opportunities Jan. 3, 2019—BOMAG Americas Inc. and Komatsu America Corp. are pleased to announce that Komatsu’s six company-owned dealerships (Edward Ehrbar, Komatsu Equipment Company, Komatsu...
rail transit
Light Rail Transit (LRT) News January 17, 2019
The Bay Area’s newest transit system will reach an important milestone this week as the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) will surpass its 1 million-passenger mark after just over a year of service.   SMART ridership statistics show that the transit agency will reach the million-rider mark by...
Tappan Zee Bridge

The old Tappan Zee situated behind the new Cuomo Bridge during its construction.

Demolition News January 17, 2019
The old Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown, N.Y., was finally demolished on late Tuesday morning with a controlled collapse into the Hudson River.   The rescheduled demolition was smoothly executed, as explosive charges safely detonated at the support columns on the bridge's east anchor span. The...
Work-Zone Safety (Attenuators) Videos January 17, 2019
The TTMA-200 is a MASH Test Level 3 (TL-3) safety device designed to provide safety protection in the event an errant vehicle enters a stationary or mobile work zone.
Road and bridge construction podcast
Editorial/Commentary News January 16, 2019
We interview the new president and CEO of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association Dave Bauer about long-term funding and the government shutdown. Also, the Tappan Zee Bridge goes down, Washington State DOT deals with Viadoom, and more! To listen to the podcast, click here. 
Polymer strengthening system
Concrete Maintenance Products January 15, 2019
The RenewWrap fiber-reinforced polymer strengthening system is a strengthening technique for concrete and masonry structures that provides high strength, stiffness and corrosion-resistant properties. This system externally bonds to or wraps around existing concrete or steel members to increase load...
NCDOT transportation plans

Image: NCDOT

Highway Construction News January 15, 2019
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has included more than 1,600 transportation projects in the state's draft 2020-2029 transportation plan, which was released last week.   The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is NCDOT's proposed funding and construction schedule...
Figure 1. MoDOT AFAD and its CMS signs.

Figure 1. MoDOT AFAD and its CMS signs.

Web Exclusive Work-Zone Safety (Attenuators) Article January 15, 2019
Flaggers are professionally trained to guide and direct vehicles through work zones, and they are often located closest to the oncoming traffic. Discovering ways to protect flaggers is an important issue in work-zone safety. One countermeasure that can be applied when there is a one-lane closure on...
Analytics tool
Technology News January 14, 2019
Numetric, a provider of traffic safety analytics solutions, recently announced the launch of its new Network Screening application to empower states to meet or exceed federal requirements and identify their most dangerous roadways.   Due to a current lack of sufficient tools, the process of...
Pipe & Culvert Rehab
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization Products January 11, 2019
The GeoSpray system is a high-performance fiber-reinforced geopolymer mortar specifically formulated and engineered for rehabilitating pipes, culverts and containment areas. Its fast application process requires no digging, which virtually eliminates construction-related traffic delays. The result...
IDOT uses GCCM to repair channel on Interstate right of way
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization Case Studies January 11, 2019
A concrete paved drainage channel on the Interstate 74 (I-74) right of way in Moline, Ill., collapsed due to years of undermining from soil erosion and scour, which resulted in severe erosion of the entire downstream waterway area. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wanted to repair...
Utah DOT offers to plow roads in National Parks amidst federal shutdown
Maintenance News January 11, 2019
Officials with the Utah Department of Transportation are meeting with rangers from the National Park Service to discuss plowing roads in three of Utah’s national parks during the federal government shutdown.   The shutdown, which is now approaching the end of its third week, has halted funding to...
Julie Lorenz was appointed secretary of Kansas DOT.

Julie Lorenz

Law News January 11, 2019
Kansas Governor-elect Laura Kelly this week selected a new interim secretary of the state’s department of transportation. Julie Lorenz is an executive at Burns & McDonnell, an engineering firm out of Kansas City, Mo. Last year, she served as facilitator for the state’s 2018 legislative task...
Road and bridge construction podcast
News January 10, 2019
The mainstream media casts a dark cloud over the government shutdown; will the strong divide between Dems and Republicans cost the road and bridge industry a long-term funding bill in 2019? Plus, Virginia tolls I-81 and Harrisburg, Pa., is not happy about expanding I-83. To listen to the podcast,...
Walmart expands its driverless car delivery testing
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News January 10, 2019
Walmart is now piloting a program to use Udelv autonomous-driving vans to deliver fresh groceries to its customers in Surprise, Az.   “We want to make sure we stay on the cutting edge of grocery delivery by exploring what’s new and next,” Tom Ward, senior vice president of Walmart’s digital...
N.C.’s Bonner Bridge project enters final phase

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Bridge Construction News January 10, 2019
The Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, which carries N.C. 12 over Oregon Inlet between Hatteras and Bodie islands, is well past its design life and is being replaced with a new bridge that will better withstand its coastal environment. Work began in March 2006, and now it looks like the project is segueing...
connected vehicles
Technology News January 09, 2019
The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) showcased its recent developments as part of the U.S. DOT's Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot program in Laramie County.    According to Traffic Technology Today, the showcase was an opportunity for the agency to share the recent progress and intent of...
highway, transit projects, federal government shutdown
Highway Construction News January 09, 2019
Transportation construction work across the nation has been put on hold by the federal government shutdown, with state transportation officials withholding approvals for 2019 projects until federal funding is guaranteed, according to a report from The Washington Post.   The amount of federal...
thermal camera detection system

Image: Arizona DOT

Traffic Safety News January 08, 2019
The Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) thermal camera-based wrong-way vehicle detection system along I-17 in Phoenix alerted authorities and other motorists to a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on the freeway early Monday morning.   No one was hurt as the vehicle traveled southbound...
Figure 1 PileMedic St. Louis

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Web Exclusive Culvert RepairRehabilitation Article January 07, 2019
In the late 1980s, the author introduced the concept of repair and strengthening of structures using fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) products. The original concept uses a technique referred to as wet layup. Fabrics of carbon or glass typically 12 to 48 in. wide are saturated with an epoxy resin in...
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