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Highway Construction News September 25, 2017
Michigan transportation officials plan to announce that the $1 billion I-75 widening project in Oakland County, the first major road plan in the state to use a private investment model instead of state and federal money, could be completed up to 10 years sooner than planned.   The Michigan...
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Highway Construction News September 22, 2017
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday proposed a $9 billion public-private partnership to add new traffic lanes around the traffic-clogged U.S. capital region and assume control of a highway operated by the federal government.   Hogan said his administration plans to add four new lanes to the...
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Redi-Rock Limestone texture retaining walls

Retaining Walls Case Studies September 22, 2017
The Lumpkin Road Reconstruction Project should have been relatively routine, but the deeper Houston’s Memorial City Redevelopment Authority dug, the more problems they encountered.   With design parameters stacking up on each other, meeting the tight budget and even tighter schedule proved...
Uber stripped of its license in London
Transportation Management News September 22, 2017
The city of London has stripped Uber of its license to operate from the end of September, according to Reuters. The decision will affect more than 40,000 drivers in one of the world’s biggest cities.   Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said Uber’s conduct posed risks to public safety and it...
The 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico caused significant infrastructure damage.

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Asphalt News September 21, 2017
The magnitude-7.1 earthquake that hit central Mexico this past Tuesday afternoon has left more than 200 people are dead. It is marked as the worst natural seismic event in the area in more than 30 years.   Geoffrey Abers, a geophysicist at Cornell University who uses the tools of earthquake...
Research suggests new asphalt roads cannot handle 21st century climate
Asphalt News September 20, 2017
A study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that the materials being used to build asphalt roads is not up to the test when it comes to withstanding the extremes in climate change that have presently being experienced and are expected to be experienced as the century...
Road crews recently completed the installation of fiber-optic cable on US 160 in Colorado.
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News September 20, 2017
Crews have completed a five-month project on U.S. 160 / Wolf Creek Pass on which 95,000 ft of fiber-optic cable was installed.   Other work on this $4.5 million project included: installing 54 manholes; milling and repaving; striping; and seeding along the 16-mile stretch of the U.S. 160 mountain...
Intel Corp. partnered with Waymo on self-driving computer platform
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News September 19, 2017
Intel Corp. this week announced a collaboration with Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving unit, saying it had worked with the company during the design of its computer platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time.   The computer chipmaker said its Intel-based technologies for...
South Carolina roads to improve with gas tax funds
Road Construction News September 19, 2017
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) officials met with local leaders in the Charleston area to discuss, in specific, how much money is expected to be generated for the region by the state’s new gas tax, and where that money is going to be spent   Following a “fix-it-first” approach...
Hyperloop One
Transportation Management News September 18, 2017
Hyperloop One has revealed 10 potential sites for its first experimental Hyperloop, four of which are in the U.S.   If successful, the company would mark a major step toward revolutionizing transportation with tubes hurling passengers from one city to the next at speeds of up to 670 mph.   After...
Road Construction News September 18, 2017
State DOTs come to the aid of Florida's DOT in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Va.'s I-66 project needs more money from the state, environmental streamlining building steam, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
Midtown Tunnel

Image source: WVEC-TV (Norfolk, Va.)

Highway Construction News September 18, 2017
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday morning to celebrate the opening of the Elizabeth River Tunnels project in Norfolk, Va.   The $2.1 billion project created a new two-lane tunnel under the Elizabeth River, upgraded the Midtown and Downtown tunnels and extended the MLK Expressway.   Although...
Barricades Videos September 18, 2017
This instructional video shows how to install the Zoneguard steel barrier system and provides tips on how to do it quickly and safely.
U.S. DOT FHWA
Funding News September 15, 2017
State transportation agencies are sharing a $3.1-billion “bonus” through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) latest annual summer redistribution of unused highway funding.   The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (U.S. DOT), which oversees FHWA, also has announced it is taking applications for a...
RenewWrap
Concrete Case Studies September 15, 2017
More than 100 years after initial construction, a textile plant in the Southeast serving the booming automotive industry discovered it needed to rehabilitate portions of the structure supporting the main manufacturing floor. Years of exposure to the hot, humid manufacturing environment and...
North Avenue Smart Corridor
Traffic Management News September 14, 2017
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed along with other Georgia officials will celebrate the launch of the North Avenue Smart Corridor Demonstration project today.   The North Avenue Smart Corridor Demonstration project, funded by the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond, leverages multiple “smart” technologies...
Damaged I-4 Florida after Hurricane Irma

Image source: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP

Funding News September 14, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott announced yesterday that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a $25 million Emergency Relief (ER) Quick Release Grant to support response and recovery efforts for Florida’s roadways and transportation system.   This federal funding will be used to conduct emergency...
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Paving News September 13, 2017
Curvy roadways in south Pierce County, Wash., were resurfaced with a special, “high-friction” material to help prevent motorists from sliding on wet pavement.   Five roads were selected for the project based on curve alignments, speed of traffic and rate of fatal or serious-injury crashes,...
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization Products September 13, 2017
Eliminate challenging erosion control problems on road embankments with the Presto Geoweb slope protection system. The 3-D Geoweb structure confines and reinforces the upper soil layer, inhibiting erosion and offering deep-earth solutions not delivered by 2-D surface treatments.
crawler crane U.S. 52 bridge
Bridge Construction Case Studies September 12, 2017
A stretch of U.S. Highway 52 is getting a new bridge to span the Mississippi River between Savanna, Ill., and Sabula, Iowa. The existing truss bridge was built back in 1932, nearly a decade before the country got involved in World War II, and has exceeded its useful life. It will be replaced with a...
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