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Transportation Management News April 12, 2017
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has launched a project to install enhanced roadway signage, ramp meters, wrong-way driver detection systems and more to help improve traffic safety and mobility on U.S. 395 in the North Valleys.   Beginning Monday, April 10 through early 2018, periodic...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News April 11, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has operated the Intelligent Transportations Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) for decades, and the recent technological advances in vehicle connectivity and smart infrastructure design have led to a number of programs adaptable for state and...
Pavement Marking Materials Products April 10, 2017
3M Stamark high-performance all-weather tape Series 380AW provides safe guidance for drivers in rainy or dry conditions at any time of day or night. This durable pavement marking tape utilizes specially designed optics to provide wet and dry performance.
Automated Vehicles News April 10, 2017
Public highways in the state of New York will soon be open to testing self-driving cars over the next year.   Tucked into a state budget bill approved by lawmakers this week is a measure allowing autonomous vehicles on New York's highways, but it is limited to testing or demonstrations.   A decades...
Barricades Videos April 07, 2017
LaneGard 3 folding Type III barricade is a one-piece Type III barricade that folds for transport and storage and unfolds for quick deployment and use. It weighs only 17 lb without centerboards. One person can deploy a LaneGard 3 unit in seconds and close a lane or road in minutes. The product is...
Safety Videos April 07, 2017
SafetyWall is a continuous, interlocking device that meets ADA guidelines and MUTCD 2009 Edition standards as a sidewalk closure barricade or longitudinal channelizer device. It provides the same level of guidance as concrete or plastic barrier, but it is easier to transport, install and remove....
Safety News April 07, 2017
The state of Tennessee has begun preparations to remove and replace the majority of the 1,700 Lindsay X-LITE guardrails on its roads system due to their alleged defectiveness. This decision has spurred further reports of traffic collision deaths caused by the guardrail in other states.   At least...

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DOT in Crisis News April 07, 2017
Trouble is brewing in Wisconsin, as GOP lawmakers removed a slew of provisions from the budget proposed by Governor Scott Walker—also a Republican—including the entire transportation planning portion.   The co-chairs of the Legislature's budget committee, Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and...
Funding News April 06, 2017
The Trump administration is doling out nearly $800 million for emergency road and bridge repairs around the country, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced Thursday.   Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has approved $768.2 million to help fix roads and bridges that have been...
Retaining Walls Case Studies April 06, 2017
When a road turns into a raging river, it becomes both dangerous and damaging. This is exactly what happened in July 2013, when the city of Lebanon, N.H., was swamped with more than 4 in. of rain within 48 hours—2 in. fell in just 45 minutes. The deluge caused flash flooding, which left residents...
Highway Construction News April 06, 2017
As part of the 80/90 Pavement Upgrade for a Superior Highway (PUSH) project, the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company LLC (ITRCC), the operator of the Indiana Toll Road, announced that the Elkhart Exit (92) closed yesterday April 5, at 9:00 a.m. Exit 92 is scheduled to be closed for three weeks....
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News April 05, 2017
Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon flip the switch on its $10 million Intelligent Traffic System to alert motorists of traffic backups, accidents and weather conditions along I-10 in Jackson County.   The intelligent traffic control (ITC) overhead messenger boards and cameras...

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Tunnels News April 05, 2017
As dozens of people looked on Tuesday, Bertha broke through to daylight after a nearly 2-mile dig under Seattle that took almost four years. Seattle is one step closer to replacing the aging Alaskan Way viaduct and moving a 2-mile section of S.R. 99 underground.   Bertha is the largest tunnel-...

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Bridge Construction News April 04, 2017
Crews broke ground last week on the $809.2 million Harbor Bridge replacement project, a structure that, by 2020, will be the new link from downtown Corpus Christi to North Beach and attractions like the U.S.S. Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium.   The U.S. Highway 181 bridge project was...
Asphalt Videos April 03, 2017
The new DuraPatcher P5 uses in-cab joystick controls to permanently patch potholes in minutes. Traffic can resume immediately. Spray-injection is proven effective by public works departments.
Paving Article April 03, 2017
The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is leading the effort to develop the world’s largest concrete pavement preservation experiment.   This experiment, based upon the Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) project on concrete pavements termed SPS-2, will extend the performance data...
Law Article April 03, 2017
Public entities require bid security to ensure bidders will honor their bids and enter into binding contracts. For the most part, a bidder will forfeit its bid security if it fails to honor the bid. However, a recent case in Michigan serves as a reminder to public entities that they must adhere...

P.J. Keating finished paving the project in Worcester in October 2016.

Reclaiming / Recycling Article April 03, 2017
In today’s culture, to be green is to be great. Under the umbrella of its GreenDOT program, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has given its six districts leeway to employ innovative techniques to use more sustainable practices for greener asphalt pavement maintenance and...
Vegetation Management Article April 03, 2017
A number of states and the federal government use “compensatory mitigation” to replace or enhance wetland habitats that are destroyed or significantly impacted by the construction or widening of highways.   For example, the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) has restored or built over 200...
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