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Highway Construction News June 16, 2017
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will shut down roadwork statewide if lawmakers fail to pass a budget by the end of the month, officials announced Wednesday.   IDOT will notify contractors that all construction work is to shut down on June 30 if a budget does not pass by then. The...

Case's CX750D mass excavator

CONEXPO-CON/AGG News March 10, 2017
Roads & Bridges visited the massive Case Construction Equipment footprint in the North Hall, following the Infrastructure Insider live event with our own Editorial Director Bill Wilson, to find out what the company has coming down the pike and what it has recently launched.   Here’s what we...

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Road Construction News January 20, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the reconstruction of I-70 through central Denver.   Federal Highway Administration approval concludes the federally required National Environmental Protection Act process and allows the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to proceed...

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Asphalt Maintenance News December 02, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has identified $9 billion worth of unfunded priority project, including the widening of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock, but is faced with a $1.41 billion budget for 2017, a budget which is at present over-burdened with maintenance requests.  ...

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Retaining Walls News October 05, 2016
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has substantially completed a project to enhance traveler safety and roadside water quality on U.S. 50 in the Cave Rock area of Lake Tahoe nearly one month ahead of schedule.   All U.S. 50 travel lanes through Cave Rock are now open. Since the project'...
Road Construction News August 08, 2016
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Road Construction News May 27, 2016
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration announced this week it would increase spending on road and bridge repairs by nearly $3 billion during the next six years, but the state’s transportation secretary said the state still won’t get ahead of deteriorating roads.   The Illinois Department...

Building a bypass bridge off Highway 30 in Nebraska.

Road Construction Article May 09, 2016
America’s Great Plains states are largely, if not exclusively, agricultural. They literally feed the nation.   In this way, their economic health is inextricably tied to that of the country as a whole; though not a center of financial industry or global technological advancement, the Great Plains...
Road Construction News April 18, 2016
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has issued its notice to proceed to North Perimeter Contractors to begin work on the $800 million I-285/SR 400 Improvement Project in Atlanta.   According to GDOT, the corridor handles 420,000 vehicles. As of now the notice authorizes right of way...
Earthmoving News February 25, 2016
The world’s largest tunnel-boring machine named Bertha resumed tunneling on the $3.1 billion Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle this week. Bertha was ordered to stop digging underneath Seattle by the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) when a massive sinkhole opened up at the jobsite in...
Asphalt News December 30, 2015
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has selected a preferred developer for the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, which remains on track for construction to begin in summer 2016 as the largest-ever highway project in the state.   This is the first highway public-private partnership in...
Bridges News November 19, 2015
I-84 is a heavily used stretch of highway between Exit 45 and the I-91 interchange, as well as a key piece of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's $100 billion, 30-year proposal for overhauling the state’s transportation network.   In a recent pitch to shore up support for replacing the I-84...
Earthmoving Article October 08, 2015
Getting roughness information for a road is neither cheap nor fast.   Many cities and counties don’t have access to the high-end inertial profilers that produce roughness profiles expressed as the industry-standard International Roughness Index (IRI). Even at the state level, many highways are only...
Earthmoving News September 25, 2015
Work on the Eglinton Crosstown light-rail transit (LRT) project is set to make a major step forward, as tunnel boring machines, named Don and Humber, respectively, will begin their journey westward, starting from the launch shaft located east of Brentcliffe Road and proceeding towards Yonge Street...
Bridges News August 13, 2015
The county seat of Williamson County now has boasting rights to an Illinois first: a  diverging diamond interchange. Planning for the project, which opened yesterday to traffic, dates back to 2003.   Moreover, the recently renamed The Hill Avenue, formerly Morgan Avenue, was widened to satisfy...
Road Construction News July 20, 2015
According to an announcement by Washington state transportation officials, work on the beleaguered State Route 99 tunnel will resume on Nov. 23, with the boring machine known as “Big Bertha” set to emerge at the north end of the city’s downtown area approximately one year thereafter.   Moreover,...
Earthmoving News July 06, 2015
Today is the deadline to submit your road project nomination for 2015 Top 10 Roads.   Fill out your nomination form today and be sure to include as many project challenges as possible because those are the projects that will stand out!   If you need an idea of what type of road projects make our...
Earthmoving News June 25, 2015
We’ve extended our deadline to submit your road project nomination for 2015 Top 10 Roads to Monday, July 6.   Take advantage of the extra time by filling out your nomination form today. Be sure to include as many project challenges as possible because those are the projects that will stand out!  ...
Earthmoving News June 23, 2015
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) completed Phase 1 of the U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project.   Locally known as the “innovation corridor,” U.S. 36 was built with the strategy of moving traffic more efficiently rather than merely building additional lanes.   The construction of Phase I...

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Highway Construction News June 11, 2015
The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) began construction on the second phase of the I-90 project east of Snoqualmie Pass. On an average day, 28,000 vehicles travel over Snoqualmie Pass, with traffic numbers doubling on weekends and holidays.   This the second of three phases of the...
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