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Maintenance News November 14, 2012
The deadline to submit a project for the 2012 ROADS & BRIDGES/ARRA Recycling Awards is Nov. 19. For a nomination form, click here. Any projects completed over the last 18 months in North America qualify. Please direct any questions to Bill Wilson, Editorial Director, at [email protected]
Maintenance News September 19, 2012
Nearly all regions of Texas have benefited economically from unprecedented energy production over the last 10 years. However, significant road repair needs resulting from the energy boom are estimated to be $2 billion each year for the next 20 years, based on the findings of a Texas Transportation...
Henderson Manufacturing’s bumper-to-bumper electric control system
Maintenance Products September 18, 2012
Take Charge with Henderson Manufacturing’s bumper-to-bumper electric control system for medium-duty trucks operating snow- and ice-control equipment. The Charge system was designed for use with Class 3-7 work trucks. It’s CAN-bus-driven, allowing unlimited programming flexibility and replaces the...
Maintenance News September 04, 2012
Despite a bad experience dealing with private maintenance contracts, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) appears to be willing to give it another go.   TxDOT is currently engaged in a pilot project that deals with a 100-mile-long section of I-45—at a cost of $26 million—and includes...
Maintenance Article July 06, 2012
Pottawattamie County, Iowa, is located within the deep loess deposits in southwest Iowa along the Missouri River. The county has varying landscape, from the semiarid loess bluffs on the western edge to some exposed glacial deposits and more level terrain to the east. The area receives about 30 in....
Maintenance Article July 06, 2012
As the land steward of a private nonprofit nature center, I maintain 210 acres on a shoestring budget and prioritize ecological restoration in areas that are easily accessible and frequently used by education programs. Consequently, a small wedge of land—partially under the jurisdiction of the Linn...
Maintenance Article June 07, 2012
One of the largest challenges for departments of transportation (DOTs) is the wear and tear that industrial traffic imposes on the roadway pavement. Road infrastructure must endure a relatively constant flow of heavy vehicles, while the subsurface conditions below the pavement change with the...
Maintenance News April 06, 2012
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Maintenance Article April 05, 2012
A chip seal constructed on an existing flushed roadway has the potential to result in bleeding or flushing of the new chip seal. The excess binder, if not properly accounted for during design and construction, will migrate to the surface of the chip seal and fill the aggregate void spaces, leaving...
Maintenance Article February 06, 2012
The field of public health has many goals to address regarding community health concerns, with the overriding strategic aim being prevention of major health issues as opposed to simply treating populations after they become ill.It is always easier (and more cost effective) to prevent a problem than...
Managing plant growth in right-of-ways helps promote driver safety and roadside aesthetics
Maintenance Article January 03, 2012
Performing routine bareground herbicide applications is instrumental in maintaining roadside safety and appearance. It helps eliminate unsightly plants that can obstruct right-of-ways and damage infrastructure.   Safety is the most important component of bareground control, Crop Production Services...
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is taking advantage of the winter months to get ahead of the game when it comes to roadside vegetation management.
Maintenance Article January 03, 2012
Winters typically are a time of looking ahead for roadside crews, a time of preparation and evaluation for the following spring’s roadside vegetation management plans. This winter, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is taking more action instead to get ahead of the game.   “Typically...
Winter can be the best time for DOTs to focus on roadside vegetation management to save money and increase safety along the roadway.
Maintenance Article January 03, 2012
Cold winter months might not seem like the ideal season to invest in roadside vegetation management. But according to Victor Maddox, Ph.D., senior research associate at Mississippi State University, that’s precisely the best time for DOTs to focus on eliminating invasive species to both save money...
Maintenance News September 15, 2011
In terms of natural disasters, it has been the mother of all spring/summer seasons for the state of Missouri. First came the deadly Joplin tornado in late May, and recently flooding has destroyed the landscape, including critical roads and bridges. In fact, the Missouri Department of Transportation...
Maintenance News September 14, 2011
The I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge was closed to traffic on Sept. 9 after inspectors discovered a crack in the bridge’s superstructure. The bridge consists of two 800-ft tied arch truss main spans that carry six lanes across the Ohio River between Louisville, Ky., and New Albany, Ind. It was...
Maintenance News September 01, 2011
The nation’s rural roads and bridges are rapidly deteriorating, causing the fatality rate along back roads to triple the national average for highway fatalities, according to a new report on rural road conditions Sept. 1. The report’s findings prompted members of the business, construction and...
Maintenance News August 18, 2011
With fall right around the corner, roadsides and rights of way across the country are seeing weeds pop up like wildfire. In addition to crowding out natural vegetation, they can be an eyesore, and potentially dangerous if they obstruct vision on the roadways. The answer to the problem is usually...
Maintenance News August 18, 2011
District 6 of the Mississippi Department of Transporation (MDOT) is in the midst of a trial fall application of an herbicide, using the product to specifically target cogongrass. Chris Bryan, roadside development manager for District 6, said the weed is troublesome because it can grow nearly...
Maintenance News August 18, 2011
Like much of Nebraska, Buffalo County is home to leafy spurge, an invasive weed common across several northern states. It is classified as a difficult weed to kill because of its ability to regenerate from very small pieces of root. Beginning in 2009, DuPont used part of Buffalo County to conduct...
Maintenance News August 11, 2011
A void has formed under the I-90 tunnel in Boston, the Boston Herald reported, caused by the clay soil settling more than expected. The sinkhole is at least 4 ft deep and up to 190 ft long, formed about 9 ft under the tunnel’s roadway and has filled with water. The tunnel is still safe, according...
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