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Bridge Design Case Studies October 19, 2017
Constructed in the 1960s with a stacked design and double-decker bridge sections to accommodate topography constraints, the existing I-84/SR-8 interchange provides access to downtown Waterbury, Conn. Today, the interchange carries triple its original capacity, and the Connecticut Department of...
Safety News October 19, 2017
TC3 has launched its improved mobile app, which is available for Android and iOS. The new app provides on-the-job aids; up-to-date news, materials and resources; and course listings. The goal of the TC3 is to improve the quality of construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of the transportation...
Road Construction Videos October 19, 2017
The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project is a P3 effort involving reconstruction and expansion of a 21-mile stretch of I-4 that moves into the heart of Orlando, Fla. Work on the project began in 2015, and the project limits run between Orange County and Seminole County. Due to the scope of the project...
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Asphalt News October 18, 2017
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) recently released a statement in response to a study published by the journal Nature Climate Change which suggested modern asphalt roads were not equipped to withstand climate change.   Roads & Bridges reported on the study last month. The...
work-zone safety
Safety News October 18, 2017
In a new study funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, researchers at the University of Minnesota investigated the potential advantages and possible disadvantages of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) in-vehicle messages to communicate to drivers traveling in work zones.   The...
Signage Videos October 17, 2017
3M digital printing solutions offer you the tools you need to make every day more efficient.
Traffic management
Construction Planning News October 17, 2017
The city of San Antonio’s transportation committee approved an $83.5 million package that will be presented to members of the city council sometime this year.   Assistant Director of Transportation and Capital Improvements Art Reinhart briefed the committee on the seven projects that would be...
Editorial/Commentary News October 16, 2017
I've been called a lot of things, but don't ever call me fake news. NAPA's take on research that said asphalt pavements were not strong enough to handle climate change; DOT officials push for a Highway Trust Fund fix; study shows people brake more for white pedestrians than black; and WYDOT makes...
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Road Construction News October 16, 2017
The team at Roads & Bridges invites all our readership to participate in our annual State of the Industry survey. We want to hear your perspective on the 2017 construction season, what's happening in your region and what you expect 2018 to be like for your company.    Please take a few minutes...
U.S. Highway 51 bridge
Editorial/Commentary Article October 16, 2017
In March 2016, a flood event severely damaged the U.S. Highway 51 Bridge over the Coldwater River in Tate County, Miss. The bridge was scheduled for replacement in November 2016. After inspection, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) determined repairing the bridge was not a feasible...
Saferoads WA tests
Safety Case Studies October 13, 2017
Saferoads Australia, located near Melbourne in the state of Victoria, provides road safety solutions to Australia, New Zealand and the international road safety market. The company recognized the need for a solution to enhance driver awareness in work zones in order to keep road crews safe on...
traffic safety
Traffic Safety News October 13, 2017
In order to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious crashes, a number of agencies have come together to implement The Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan, with the goal of moving the state toward zero deaths on the Commonwealth's roadways.   Every day, an average of two people die and more than...
U.S. DOT
Funding News October 12, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) last week announced $15.5 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to six states that are exploring new ways to fund highway and bridge projects.   Alternatives to conventional financing are seen as imperative, FHWA...
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Traffic Management Article October 12, 2017
Trying to list all the maintenance of traffic (MOT) challenges posed by the I-4 Ultimate project can be a project in itself.   The MOT challenge on I-4 is nothing less than what happens when the largest infrastructure project in Florida’s history is being built in the middle of the fastest-growing...
Brian Budzynski
Editorial/Commentary Article October 12, 2017
Recently U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a series of updated federal guidelines aimed at smoothing the path toward getting more autonomous vehicles on the road for testing and deployment. The guidelines were designed to preclude what Secretary Chao characterized as a “patchwork...
Green bike lane NYC
Complete Streets Article October 12, 2017
The increase in green bike lanes around NYC is reflective of the city’s goals for its Vision Zero traffic safety initiative.   New York City is world-renowned for many reasons, and perhaps one of its most iconic aspects is the network of transit systems that make the city run. Yet maintaining over...
Plowing along smart corridor
V2X Article October 12, 2017
ODOT work crews plow along the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor from Dublin to East Liberty in Ohio. The crews will place fiber-optic cable within these trenches to provide data links for collecting information and providing for connected/automated vehicle travel. Photo by Julia Poling, Ohio...
Silver line extension
Light Rail Transit (LRT) Article October 12, 2017
The $1.8 billion Silver Line extension in northern Va. began its second phase in the middle of 2013.   After four years of intensive engineering and construction activity, track installation has commenced on the second phase of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail—known as the Silver Line—in Northern...
Smartphone app
Traffic Management Article October 12, 2017
An in-house smartphone app was designed specifically for FAST engineers to obtain current data on traffic signals.   American drivers spend an average of 42 hours each year in traffic during peak hours, according to Inrix, a leading transportation analysis company. Idling in traffic not only costs...
Jim Barbaresso
Editorial/Commentary Article October 12, 2017
Two main components of becoming a Smart City are the seamless sharing of data and leveraging emerging and innovative technology.   Generally speaking, emerging technology might include developments in the electrical grid to support smart street lighting and electric vehicle charging. It might be...
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