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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
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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
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  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
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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...
Plateau herbicide from BASF Professional Vegetation Management
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For years, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has successfully used Plateau herbicide from BASF Professional Vegetation Management (ProVM) to selectively control johnsongrass, wild mustard, Smartweed and other weeds along roadsides. Available only to approved government agencies and quality...
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Cimline’s Magma Series melter/applicator customers will appreciate the all-in-one capabilities of these new machines. Crack cleaning and crack sealing becomes a one-pass operation with heavy-duty compressors that output 100 psi. The air is passed to an integrated reel with 50 ft of hose. Engineered...
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