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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...
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...
UAS drone technology
Technology News May 06, 2019
Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota recently announced the state's $33 million investment in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry, in partnership with the North Dakota Dept. of Commerce.   According to a report from Business Facilities, a majority of these investments will be used to build out...
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Crack Sealing Products April 23, 2019
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3M Connected Roads All Weather Elements
Maintenance Products April 23, 2019
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I-80 bridges over Des Plaines River, Joliet, Illinois
Bridges News April 19, 2019
The Illinois DOT (IDOT) announced that regularly scheduled inspections of the I-80 bridges over the Des Plaines River in Joliet are set to begin April 29.   Daily lane closures will be required, starting with the westbound bridge until May 6, when inspections begin on the eastbound bridge....
road flooding maintenance
Funding News April 18, 2019
The U.S. DOT recently announced the immediate availability of $9 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help repair roads damaged by flooding in Iowa.    “These emergency relief funds will help Iowa expedite the repair process and...
bridge inspection; bridge analysis
Associations News April 15, 2019
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently published the second edition of its Manual for Bridge Element Inspection (MBEI) reference guide.   The new reference guide replaces two current AASHTO publications, including the first edition of the MBEI,...
Arlington Memorial Bridge

Image: ARTBA

Associations News April 03, 2019
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the recently released U.S. DOT 2018 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database reveals that 47,052 of U.S. bridges are classified as structurally deficient and in poor condition.   Vehicles of all kinds cross these...
Chattanooga I-75 concrete railing collapse over I-24

Image: Tennessee DOT via Twitter

Bridges News April 02, 2019
Crews are continuing to work on emergency repairs today after a large chunk of concrete railing fell off an I-75 North bridge onto the I-24 westbound ramp below in Chattanooga, Tenn., late Monday morning, injuring one person.   A section of I-75 was closed down to traffic after the collapse, near...
road, bridge infrastructure funding proposal
Highway Construction News March 28, 2019
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is making a run as a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 race, today released a trillion-dollar proposal to help rebuild the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.   According to the details of the plan from her campaign, Klobuchar...
MARTA Atlanta DOT

Image: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Construction Planning News March 21, 2019
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced plans to establish the city's first dedicated Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve the safety and accessibility of city streets, and to meet the increasing demands of Atlanta’s growing population.   The move is a key pillar of Mayor...
Mackinac Bridge in Michigan; bridge monitoring sensors

Image: Justin Billau [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Bridges News March 12, 2019
Researchers in the state of Michigan are planning to install up to 2,000 infrastructure sensors on the Mackinac Bridge in order to explore the logistics of a large-scale deployment and provide useful monitoring data to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA).    According to a press release from the...
Crafco Patcher II
Equipment Products February 26, 2019
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U.S. DOT
Funding News February 06, 2019
The U.S. DOT's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) yesterday announced more than $705.7 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funding to help 34 states, as well as a few U.S. territories, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events.   “The Department is...
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...
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...
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Products December 27, 2018
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Anchorage earthquake repairs

Image: Alaska Tour & Travel on Facebook

Maintenance News December 06, 2018
Repair crews have already made substantial progress fixing the damaged roadways in Anchorage, Alaska, only a few days after a severe earthquake struck the area.   The 7.0-magnitude event shook the region on Nov. 30, leaving roadways in the area significantly cracked and impassible in many spots....
roadways
Maintenance News October 31, 2018
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) just released a report card for the state of Connecticut’s infrastructure, and out of five categories, roads received the worst mark of D+. Wastewater also received a D+, with bridges earning a C-. The overall GPA for Connecticut’s infrastructure,...
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