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Maintenance News November 16, 2015
The Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TC3) has announced its third annual meeting, which will take place April 10 to 14, 2016, at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The meeting is an opportunity for members and interested parties to learn more about the TC3...
CDL training
Maintenance Products November 09, 2015
Designed for those interested in general commercial driver’s license (CDL) knowledge, CDL General Knowledge (three hours) training contains safe driving information that all commercial drivers should know. It is broken into three modules: Vehicle control, shifting gears, seeing the road,...
Maintenance News November 09, 2015
The Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TC3) has announced the launch of its new learning management system (LMS) and website. The TC3 has migrated courses to a new LMS platform that leverages AASHTO resources. An improved user experience with new functionality and new and updated...
Highway Plan Reading Basics
Maintenance Products October 26, 2015
Highway Plan Reading Basics (one hour) is the first course in TC3’s most popular series, the Plan Reading Series. The ability to read plans is essential for anyone involved in highway or bridge construction. This course describes the foundational information needed to begin reading and...
Maintenance News October 12, 2015
South Carolina transportation officials report that more than 300 roads and bridges are still closed over a week after rain and floods struck the cities and surrounding areas of Charleston and Columbia, S.C.   The South Carolina Department (SCDOT) also said 98 bridges remain closed to inspect...
Maintenance News October 09, 2015
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reported continuing improvement to the condition of state roads and bridges. The results were submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and are based on a routine inspection performed on every public-road bridge every two years.   Over the past...
Asphalt News September 29, 2015
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) started an investigation into whether or not the pavement in nearly 200 road projects could fall apart more than a decade earlier than expected.   Will Wingfield, INDOT spokesman, said the agency is investigating whether enough asphalt binder—which...
Improving the Daily Diary
Maintenance Products September 28, 2015
Improving the Daily Diary (one hour) covers proper documentation on a construction or maintenance project. The information in the daily diary kept for projects must be accurate, correct and factual to ensure proper payment and avoid lawsuits. Please note that the terminology may differ slightly...
Maintenance News September 25, 2015
The Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) said it will reduce its plowing and road maintenance.   The reduction will bemost apparent to residents during winter storms when the department's efforts are most needed. The announcement also featured a new map showing a priority system for clearing...
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...
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