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Barrier Walls Guardrails Videos January 06, 2017
Beth’s Barricades, a full-service traffic control company located in Gibsonia, Pa., explains why it added Zoneguard to its product line.
Safety Products January 05, 2017
Advanced E-Z Spray Technology provides crisp, consistent lines. It meets federal specifications TTP-1952d and TTP-1952e, and it features a 100% acrylic water-based formula. It is available in white and yellow.
Light Rail Transit (LRT) News January 05, 2017
Federal and local officials on Wednesday announced roughly $1.5 billion in new grants and loans for the second phase of the Purple Line subway in Los Angeles that will eventually run the length of Wilshire Boulevard to Westwood.   The Metropolitan Transportation Authority project has relied on...
Truck Parts Videos January 04, 2017
At Innovative Access Solutions (IAS), accessibility and safety go hand in hand. For 15 years IAS has exceled in custom product design, while producing safe access solutions for industrial, commercial, and public settings. IAS is able to customize to fit your truck style, facility, or to apply a...
Light Rail Transit (LRT) News January 04, 2017
A Long Island Rail Road train derailed in Brooklyn during rush hour on Wednesday, injuring dozens of people and disrupting morning commutes around the city.   New York City Fire Department said 106 people were injured.   A spokesman for the department said that as the train came into Atlantic...
Bridge Construction Videos January 03, 2017
The intersection of Bell Road and Grand Ave. is one of the busiest in Maricopa County, Ariz. The traffic on Bell Road had to cross both railroad tracks and Grand Ave., making it difficult for drivers who had to endure long wait times at traffic lights in the area. The Arizona Department of...
Paving Article January 03, 2017
Newport on the Levee is a retail area in northern Kentucky in need of a connector.   Claire’s, Barnes & Noble and unique local businesses such as Kelly’s Kloset can all be found there. You can even see hand-crafted concrete, which is on display and will serve as a traffic management solution...
Law Article January 03, 2017
In previous issues, I have addressed the promissory estoppel doctrine and how it may be used by a prime contractor in some states to recover the cost of hiring a higher-priced subcontractor from the low-bid subcontractor who refuses to honor its quote. As a case in Pennsylvania illustrates, it is...

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Paving Article January 03, 2017
Roads are a critical part of our everyday lives. Some lead us to family, some—like mountain passes—take our breath away and others serve more mundane purposes, like getting us around town for our weekend errands.   No matter what the purpose, today’s network of more than 2.68 million miles of paved...
Tunnels Article January 03, 2017
Until recently, the Midtown Tunnel connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., held the distinction of being considered the most heavily traveled two-lane road east of the Mississippi River.   In the more than 50 years since its original construction, traffic volume has risen from 8,400 vehicles per...
Bridge Construction Article January 03, 2017
A major new interchange in rapidly growing central Florida has improved access to Orlando International Airport (OIA) from S.R. 417, a limited-access highway that forms Orlando’s eastern beltway.   The four-level interchange is the first standard delivery project in the U.S. to incorporate curved...

New concrete deck placement on I-190 SB.

Bridges Article January 03, 2017
Just to the north of roaring Niagara Falls is the heavily traveled Lewiston-Queenston bridge connecting New York State to Ontario, Canada, over the mighty Niagara River.   The I-190 corridor that serves the bridge traverses a multitude of critical infrastructure, which supplies nearly 5 million New...
Concrete Article January 03, 2017
Pavements tend to deteriorate over time under repeated traffic loads and/or certain environmental conditions.   By detecting pavement distresses and damage early enough, it is possible for transportation agencies to develop more effective pavement maintenance and rehabilitation programs and thereby...

Personal illumination keeps workers visible to motorists at night.

Work-Zone Safety Article January 03, 2017
As the largest hot-mix asphalt producer and asphalt paving contractor in the U.S., Oldcastle Materials Inc. has about one-third of its workforce out in the field dedicated to roadway projects.   As a result, many Oldcastle employees are exposed to higher risks related to work-zone safety. Oldcastle...

Some specifically designed GPS receivers can provide very high position accuracy.

Traffic Safety Article January 03, 2017
Growing traffic on U.S. roadways and heavy construction machinery in road work zones pose a critical safety threat to construction workers.   Each year more than 20,000 workers are injured in work-zone accidents involving heavy machinery or passing traffic. From 2004 to 2013, work-zone deaths...
Roads Report Article January 03, 2017
Suspend your fears More than 26 million people cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland every year, and for most the scenic 4-mile bridge offers breathtaking views.   But for those with gephyrophobia—a fear of bridges—it’s one of the most terrifying places on the planet.   Drivers on the double-...
Safety News January 03, 2017
A five-state consortium headed by a research center at North Dakota State University (NDSU) will receive an annual $2.5 million federal grant for the next five years to study methods of preserving and improving transportation infrastructure.   The consortium, led by NDSU's Upper Great Plains...
Safety News December 30, 2016
A bill proposed in Virginia would limit the use of cell phones or GPS systems while driving. If passed, drivers would only be allowed to use devices hands-free, and phones would have to be physically mounted in the car.   The bill is being proposed by Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax. Texting while...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News December 30, 2016
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is partnering with the crowd-sourced navigation app Waze to offer more real-time information to drivers.   VDOT recently announced in a statement the partnership in which the private and public entities will share app and website data. Waze apps...
Smart Streets News December 29, 2016
France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal this week officially inaugurated a 1-km pilot solar road project in Tourouvre, in northwestern France.   Construction began in October on the $5.22 million investment, which was financed by the Ministry.   In total, 30,139 sq ft of Wattway solar road tiles...
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