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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...
Maintenance Article July 15, 2011
Over the past few years there have been some changes regarding roadside vegetation management with a shift focused on three things: (1) reducing maintenance costs, (2) implementing native vegetation on the right-of-way and (3) selectively removing problematic, undesirable weeds and invasive species...
Maintenance Article May 05, 2011
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, wind power has been the fastest-growing source of electrical energy for several years.   National wind power output increased by one-third between 2008 and 2009. In part, the growth is being driven by tax credits and increasing renewable energy...
Maintenance Article March 10, 2011
Highway 61 in southeastern Minnesota is one of the most picturesque roadways in the Midwest.   Part of the national Great River Road, Highway 61 leads drivers through a landscape bordered by steep, forested bluffs on one side and panoramic, scenic views of the Mississippi River valley on the other...
Maintenance Article February 10, 2011
When pavement temperatures drop below freezing and there is sufficient moisture in the air, frost—transformed into black ice by the action of traffic—can form on the pavement surface.   This roadway hazard occurs frequently in cold climates. Aided by road condition forecasts, departments of...
Maintenance Article February 10, 2011
Winter in South Dakota can be harsh and unpredictable, putting a strain on the South Dakota Department of Transportation’s (SDDOT) personnel, equipment and, of course, budget.   Like many other state DOTs, SDDOT was faced with budget challenges due to a decrease in revenues and an increase in costs...
Maintenance Article October 01, 2010
The grades are in on how well state Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSPs) incorporate snow and ice control, a proven highway-safety countermeasure—and they show a dramatic need for improvement.   Some state plans, however, stand as shining examples, beacons for others seeking to integrate their...
Maintenance Article August 02, 2010
The city of Elgin is a vibrant, diverse community nestled in the Fox River valley approximately 40 miles northwest of Chicago. While located at the fringes of Chicago suburbia, Elgin considers itself a city and provides a full spectrum of public services to the community. Elgin’s population is...
Maintenance Article July 15, 2010
Boulders, some as big as tractor-trailers, pummeled I-70 in Glenwood Canyon in early March, leaving the only east-west Rocky Mountain artery closed for four days. One week after the massive rockslide, Flatiron was selected as the contractor to conduct vital repairs to the damaged roadway about 100...
AccuBrine automated brine maker
Maintenance Products
Cargill Deicing Technology, North Olmsted, Ohio, is pushing the limits of deicing products and technologies with the AccuBrine automated brine maker. Developed with significant customer feedback, AccuBrine enables users to produce large volumes of high-quality brine on demand and store it for later...
ClearLane enhanced deicer
Maintenance Products
  ClearLane enhanced deicer allows you to fight icy roadways faster and more effectively. Providing better performance at lower temps, ClearLane enhanced deicer offers less scatter, reduced clumping and a PNS-corrosion inhibitor in a nonleaching formula. What’s more, the U.S. EPA recently...
Nite-Hawk parking-lot sweeper
Maintenance Products
Nite-Hawk Sweepers, Kent, Wash., has announced its latest innovation in parking-lot sweepers. The new NH200 XLP boasts a slight 6 ft 4 in. clearance for low parking garages and improved sweeping performance. The NH200 XLP can be mounted on either a GMC 2500HD or a Ford F250SD and comes standard...
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