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Road Construction News July 10, 2017
Illinois road construction projects that were shut down by the budget impasse will get started again sometime next week, now that the legislature has passed a major income tax increase and spending plan.   Illinois had gone 736 days without a budget, and the state told road contractors it would not...
Tunnels News July 07, 2017
Building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and fixing the existing one could cost nearly $13 billion—a steep increase over an earlier estimate of $7.7 billion, according to a report released on Thursday.   Transit officials are proceeding with planning for the project, which would improve a...

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Highway Construction News July 07, 2017
The private contractor hired by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the $1.2 billion expansion of I-70 through north Denver also will be required to hire locally.   CDOT’s contract will include a clause that 20% of the project’s work force, the equivalent of about 350 people, must...
Manhole Risers Case Studies July 06, 2017
Fairhope is a small city, just 15,000 residents, situated on the cliffs and shoreline of Mobile Bay in Alabama’s Gulf Coast. It can seem like Fairhope is a long way from anywhere, but people seem to like it—the city has been named one of the best small towns in the South by Southern Living magazine...
Transit News July 06, 2017
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order last week declaring a state of emergency for the New York City subway system, pledged $1 billion for improvements and moved to make it easier for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to buy badly needed equipment.   Mr. Cuomo ordered Joseph J....
Pavement Marking News July 06, 2017
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is looking to add their red transit-only lanes to at least 50 new streets in the region, as newly granted federal approval will now allow the agency’s red lanes to spread to more areas across the city.   A list of “Potential Future Red Lanes...
Editorial/Commentary Article July 05, 2017
A 360° camera is not going to help me dunk a basketball.   It did, however, give me about seven more inches while I toured the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge project in Portsmouth, N.H., back in May. I needed more assistance getting up after being down on all fours; seriously, forget the help that would...

A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

Highway Construction Article July 05, 2017
MAINE: Up in salmon countryby Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   “Engineering used to be about mobility, but now it’s more about reliability and safety. Speed is not a primary concern for us.”   “Us” being the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), as exemplified by Chief Engineer Joyce...
Demolition Article July 05, 2017
In the principal transit corridor between New York and Boston, the interchange of I-95, I-91 and S.R. 34 in New Haven, Conn., is heavily travelled, to say the least.   I-95 N/S in particular traverses a densely developed urban area and borders environmentally sensitive New Haven Harbor. Built in...
Asphalt Paving Article July 05, 2017
Unforeseen subgrade conditions, work-hour and construction-zone restrictions, heavy truck traffic and working in part of a floodplain—all these issues were encountered during the reconstruction of 30 miles of U.S. Rte. 85 (Ault to Wyoming) in northern Colorado.   Each of the issues had the...
Law Article July 05, 2017
Highway departments use the term “incidental” to describe work that, while required, is not subject to separate payment and therefore must be accounted for in the price of other related work.   There are few court cases involving disputes over “incidental,” because the term is so widely used and to...
Roads Report Article July 05, 2017
Catching heat Most communities have their share of bad drivers. However, not many have a driver who is so notorious that she has earned herself a nickname and a community-run Facebook page.   Patricia McDonald of Topeka, Kan., is just that driver. Nicknamed “The CRV Lady” for the blue 2008 Honda...
Bridges News July 05, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has withdrawn from the group overseeing the Gateway Program, the massive regional project that aims to double rail capacity between New York and New Jersey.   Billed as the largest and most important transit project in the northeast, the $23.9...
Equipment Videos July 05, 2017
Jackson Township, Ohio, Highway Division relies on Gradall versatility and efficiency to maintain roads, curbs, ditches and more.
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News July 03, 2017
Boston city officials are in the planning stages of upgrading the city’s traffic management system from its present manual control, which scans literally hundreds of cameras citywide, to a second-by-second micromanagement of the stoplights handled by an algorithm.   Computers will measure the city’...
Bridges News July 03, 2017
Three states are going into varying levels of remission this holiday weekend, as disputes between Republican governors and Democratic-led state legislatures have forced the state governments of Maine and New Jersey into partial shut-downs and a long-standing budgetary impasse in Illinois is closing...
Road Construction News July 03, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) informed state departments of transportation how much each is losing as of June 30 in certain categories of highway program contract authority, as Congress required in the fiscal 2017 government funding bill that it sent to President Trump on May 4.   The...
IDOT TRS developmental layout specification (as shown as Figure 4 in the Report).

IDOT TRS developmental layout specification (as shown as Figure 4 in the Report).

Safety Case Studies June 30, 2017
The Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) at Iowa State University develops methods and technologies to improve transportation safety and reliability.   Last month, CTRE issued a Final Report titled “Field Measurements on the Effect of Temporary Rumble Strips in Work Zone Flagging...
Highway Construction News June 28, 2017
Crews are less than a year away from beginning work on the $1.2 billion I-70 expansion project, the largest transportation project in Colorado history that will widen 10 miles of the interstate from Brighton Boulevard to Chambers Road.   More than 12,000 businesses rely on the stretch of I-70 to...
Cranes Crawler Products June 27, 2017
The ALL Family of Companies has purchased six Link-Belt TCC-2500 telecrawlers. This 250-USt unit lifts like a lattice boom crawler but navigates tight spaces and obstructions easily, retracting the boom as needed. Ideal for road and bridge construction, the crane has quickly become a critical...
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