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Maintenance News September 24, 2015
The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) will end seasonal maintenance in October.   On Seward Highway, crews are working overnight to finish a Pavement Preservation Project before the temperatures drop. Overnight construction is necessary, in order to complete...
Bridges News September 23, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the immediate availability of $2 million in federal emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to help repair roads and bridges damaged by wildfires that...
Maintenance Article September 10, 2015
This winter when the snow begins to fall and the snow plows start to roll again, there may be some unfamiliar faces behind those plows.   Often after learning how agencies are implementing new ideas, new technologies and new methods, people start to wonder, “What would it be like to work for them...
Maintenance Article September 09, 2015
A directly visible consequence of concrete crack formation is water leakage, while the durability of the material may be indirectly affected.   Fortunately concrete has a built-in ability to repair cracks, mainly by formation of limestone deposits on the crack surface, sealing the crack entry. The...
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
For the first time in its publishing history, the Farmer’s Almanac made a disclaimer in the 2014-15 winter forecast notifying readers that El Niño could effect cold predictions. And yet the meteorological instigator never really did announce his presence.   So this year the famous prognosticator is...
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
Snow-removal costs can represent a significant portion of the road-maintenance budget for cities and states.   Liquid brine solution is spray-applied in advance of a snow weather event.   In addition, deicing chemicals increase chloride levels in shallow groundwater and surface water, which can...
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
The city of Toledo, Ohio’s Division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor was hit hard with challenges when, after two consecutive milder-than-normal winters, Winter 2013-2014 came barreling down with record-breaking low temperatures and snow that wouldn’t quit. Double the average amount of storms, salt...
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
To say that Alaska is the land of extremes is a slight understatement. In sheer size, the 49th state is larger than the next four largest states combined. Alaska’s climate experiences temperature extremes ranging from -80°F to 100°F, and snowfall in Thompson Pass near Valdez once reached 974.5 in....
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
Since the 1970s, the staple deicing material for state departments of transportation has been chlorides, usually sodium chloride in the form of rock salt, and sometimes liquid salt brine or other chemicals.   Anti-icing, the use of liquid chemicals to treat the road prior to snowstorms, is a best...
Maintenance News August 24, 2015
The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration has issued a summer update on its 2015 construction program that provides information about which projects are on time, new schedules for those that are delayed plus information on newly added projects.   The online brochure,...
Maintenance News July 23, 2015
A Trip report found more than one-fourth of urban interstates, freeways and arterial routes with at least two lanes were paved in “poor condition”, and cost the average motorist $516 per year in additional maintenance costs.   Trip analyzed data from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2013 road...
Maintenance Article May 01, 2015
There are those who are concerned about invited guests, and others who worry about an uninvited one.   Weather forecasting can ease or mess with the minds of individuals on either end. Brides want their day to be perfect, while public works officials just want to be ready for the day—or night—when...
Maintenance Article May 01, 2015
Departments of transportation often provide mixture recommendations for various roadside plantings.   In Minnesota, specifications are given by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) for a number of different turf plantings, including salt-tolerant turf for roadsides. Even though these...
Maintenance Article May 01, 2015
$2,696 per lane-mile.   That is how much the Wisconsin Department of Transportation spent on snow removal, deicing and other winter-maintenance activities in the 2010-11 winter season. This cost reflects how formidable a task winter maintenance is in states with snowy climates; in Wisconsin alone...
Maintenance Article May 01, 2015
It has not been raining sideways in Charlotte, N.C., but Ken Hooker knows better than to get slapped in the face with the unexpected.   This is why the deputy streets superintendent for the city of Charlotte is gearing up for a 2013-14 winter season that could drop more precipitation than normal....
Maintenance Article April 30, 2015
The Great Winter of 2013-14 will be remembered by tens of millions as one of the coldest and snowiest in memory. For months on end extreme weather conditions pummeled the Eastern Seaboard, Midwest and even the Deep South with some of the largest snowfall volumes and lowest temperatures recorded.  ...
Maintenance Article April 30, 2015
In the past two decades or so, anti-icing has been gradually adopted by North American highway agencies as a proactive approach to addressing winter driving safety.   Fixed automated spray technology (FAST) systems are designed as a fixed-asset technology for anti-icing at specific target areas,...
Maintenance Article April 30, 2015
These days the Iowa Department of Transportation talks a lot about dashboards, especially when it comes to our maintenance operations. With more than 900 snowplows, that is a lot of actual dashboards—but the ones we talk the most about can be viewed on a desktop, laptop, tablet or other mobile...
Maintenance Article April 30, 2015
Persistent cold combined with numerous precipitation events last winter challenged snow fighters from the Midwest to the East Coast and points south to the Gulf Coast. Winter 2013-14 broke records and demanded flexibility in winter-maintenance tactics.   Public agencies responded with ingenuity,...
Maintenance Article April 30, 2015
In most parts of the country, the average lifespan of a snowflake increased dramatically last winter. Public works officials are hoping the numbers are not doctored in 2014-15.   An unforgiving polar vortex inflated snowfall totals and dropped average temperatures, taxing even the agencies built to...
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