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.
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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Figure 1. The study area in coastal N.H. showing the locations of the five pavement evaluation sites, the magnitude of groundwater rise, the areal extent of the groundwater-rise zone (GWRZ), and the extent of surface-water inundation with 6.6 ft of sea-level rise.

Paving Article September 07, 2017
The rate of sea-level rise caused by climate change is predicted to accelerate as warming ocean waters expand and water is added from melting land ice.   The rising sea level makes maintaining road infrastructure near the water increasingly challenging. Street flooding in many coastal communities...
Road Construction News September 05, 2017
Steve McGough, president and CFO of HCSS, offers a first-hand account of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Also, the Trump administration continues to work on an infrastructure bill, a trail could put the I-66 widening project in Va. in jeopardy, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
I-610 in Houston post-Hurricane Harvey

Image source: Alyssa Schukar/The New York Times

Funding News August 30, 2017
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao directed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Tuesday to immediately release $25 million in emergency relief funds to Texas so the state can start to restore roads, bridges and highways that have been critically damaged by Hurricane Harvey.   The...
State DOTs to lose some contract authority says FHWA
Road Construction News July 03, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) informed state departments of transportation how much each is losing as of June 30 in certain categories of highway program contract authority, as Congress required in the fiscal 2017 government funding bill that it sent to President Trump on May 4.   The...
Indiana to take control of I-69 P3 road project

Image source: Indianapolis Star

Highway Construction News June 19, 2017
The state of Indiana announced an agreement Friday to take control of construction of the 21-mile stretch of I-69 from Bloomington to Martinsville, a project that was originally a public-private partnership (P3).   The agreement terminates a contract with I-69 Development Partners, the private...
road flooded sign
Funding News May 10, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced the immediate availability of $3 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help begin repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges in Missouri as well as federal roads in the Mark Twain National Forest and...
Maintenance News May 08, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses alley repair work in cities.
The northwestern portion of the Viaduct crosses the Los Angeles River, the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail and Riverside Drive. The PVC shrink-wrap contains the blasting media and byproducts.

The northwestern portion of the Viaduct crosses the Los Angeles River, the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail and Riverside Drive. The PVC shrink-wrap contains the blasting media and byproducts.

Bridges Article May 02, 2017
While “blast and paint” rolls off the tongue easily, providing access to the underside of the Elysian Viaduct Bridge for rehabilitation work is anything but easy.   In fact, as the original bridge construction project neared completion, the September-October 1961 issue of the Official Journal of...
The I-55 Stevenson Expressway linking Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is one major project continuing for IDOT in 2017

The I-55 Stevenson Expressway linking Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is one major project continuing for IDOT in 2017

Highway Construction Article April 03, 2017
Back in August 2016, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges covered the progress of Chicago’s Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project. One of the signature accomplishments over the last year for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was the completion of the westbound flyover...
hard hat in front of bridge

Photo source: 123rf/kittiyaporn10

Bridges News March 27, 2017
A team of research technicians from the Bowen Laboratory at Purdue University’s Lyles College of Civil Engineering recently employed a sensor system developed by the Bridge Engineering Center at Iowa State University on the CR 250 E bridge in Lebanon, Ind., for a load bearing test that could...
TRIP report says bad roads costing South Carolina drivers billions annually
Road Construction News March 22, 2017
Poor roads and bridges are costing South Carolinians $5.4 billion a year, according to a report released Tuesday by a Washington, D.C.-based transportation research group.   TRIP states nearly two-thirds of the state’s major locally and state-maintained urban roads and highways are in poor...
An autonomous shuttle testing at MCity.

An autonomous shuttle testing at MCity.

Road Construction Article March 02, 2017
MICHIGAN: The auto zone   The state of Michigan has long been associated with the road and how we traverse it. Home to the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, among many other automotive ventures, Michigan, in the words of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Communications Director Jeff...
Georgia DOT launches first U.S. statewide highway assistance and maintenance program

Photo source: Georgia DOT

Maintenance News February 07, 2017
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) new Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP) begins its phased launch today in Northeast Georgia, with plans to roll out the service to five other districts in the state by this May.   CHAMP will serve most interstates across...
Michigan DOT leverages plow data for better snow and ice removal

Photo source: MDOT via Mining Journal

Maintenance News December 19, 2016
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is banking on connected vehicle technology to help clear snow and ice from roadways faster. GPS-based automatic vehicle location devices, which the agency began installing on its winter road maintenance equipment in 2013, report where each truck is,...
Colorado DOT

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Asphalt Maintenance News December 02, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has identified $9 billion worth of unfunded priority project, including the widening of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock, but is faced with a $1.41 billion budget for 2017, a budget which is at present over-burdened with maintenance requests.  ...
Math for the Coatings Professional eCourse
Maintenance Products November 07, 2016
Here is your digital crib sheet: Math for the Coatings Professional eCourse. Brush up on essential math functions and calculations needed to succeed in the coatings industry with this six-hour short online training. Choose between two versions – imperial or math units. Click here to view the course...
road flooded sign
Road Construction News September 26, 2016
Nearly a year after unprecedented flooding struck South Carolina last October, the state still has 22 roads closed because dams failed in their areas and another seven closed because bridges on them need to be replaced.   That was the assessment in the Sept. 15 monthly recovery report from the...
road work sign
Maintenance News September 21, 2016
After six months, and more than 100,000 cubic yards of debris, Highway 14 in north Idaho has finally reopened to traffic following a historic landslide.   The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) says the final shovels of dirt were removed last month. The highway finally reopened without any lane...
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