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High-Speed Rail News January 16, 2014
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and other U.S. representatives met with Mexican officials this week to discuss a proposed high-speed rail between San Antonio and Monterrey, Mexico.   The rail could provide an alternative to flying, which costs upwards of $400 round-trip, and transport...
News January 16, 2014
Big Bertha might be a giant in the industry, but the tunnel-boring machine has been a big worry from the start for at least one official.   Washington’s Secretary of Transportation, Lynn Peterson, has been expressing her concerns before Bertha began the mammoth task of tunneling for the S.R. 99...
Maintenance Products January 16, 2014
Winter maintenance professionals now have an option for accurate, affordable brine making with the AccuBatch brine maker. The system provides accurate, automated salinity concentration; affordable, professional-quality brine; and hassle-free installation, operation and cleanout, helping...
Transportation Management News January 15, 2014
Smartphone application company Green Driver created EnLighten, an app that measures the duration of red lights and chimes just before lights turn green.   The app—available for iOS and Android—uses live, city-issued traffic data, a GPS and an accelerometer to estimate how long red lights will last...
Concrete News January 15, 2014
The January issue of ROADS & BRIDGES features a special section on structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., concrete paving, concrete pavement preservation, asset management and work-zone safety.
News January 15, 2014
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx outlined his top priorities for the Department of Transportation on Jan. 15, highlighting America’s infrastructure deficit and identifying ways for the Department to use innovation and improved planning to stretch transportation dollars as effectively...
News January 15, 2014
House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) wants to get a jump on passing a new federal transportation bill. Congress, however, did not exactly jump through hoops to get bills passed in 2013.   On Jan. 14, Shuster said the House would need to pass a replacement to MAP-21, which...
Equipment Products January 15, 2014
Stainless steel IMC is often specified in corrosive environments where it is subjected to harsh chemical treatments or wash-downs due to its lighter weight, precise tolerances and ease of installation. Calbrite’s IMC is manufactured with or without threads. The threaded conduit can be used with...
Safety Article January 15, 2014
According to the FHWA, there were 87,606 work-zone crashes in 2010 that led to 576 fatalities.That number translates to one fatality in a work zone every 15 hours. Research into traffic safety has found that demand-management programs used to reduce volumes through construction sites have a high...
Safety Article January 15, 2014
W hile the U.S. DOT works feverishly to complete MAP-21’s new bridge, pavement and asset-management data requirements, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) provides a guide for how to use public-private partnerships to take risk-based asset management to a whole new level and create the...
Bridges Article January 15, 2014
Pavement management in the broadest sense has traditionally been reactive in terms of pavement preservation—when resources became available, they were used to fix what was broken. But resources continue to become scarcer while road travel becomes heavier, so there is a pressing need to be ever more...
Concrete Article January 15, 2014
The massive undertaking to extend and elevate Runway 9R–27L at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is nothing short of an engineering marvel. Estimated to cost $791 million, the new 8,000-ft-long south runway will terminate atop a new 60-ft-tall man-made embankment at the east...
Bridges Article January 15, 2014
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) wanted this secret to be out—out in the open for everyone to see, and enjoy. With the I-95 Overland Bridge on the structurally deficient list, the agency engaged in a relatively new way to do business in order to find the proper suitor for one of its...
Bridges Article January 15, 2014
Not enough money to do everything that needs to be done: That is the bottom line in describing the status of the bridge industry in the U.S. One in nine of the nation’s total bridges is rated structurally deficient—meaning that some component of the bridge needs repair or replacement—according to...
News January 14, 2014
Those involved with Project Neon are glowing right now.   The Nevada Board of Transportation approved the sale of $100 million in revenue bonds to purchase right-of-way to expand I-15 in Las Vegas. Approximately 257,000 vehicles travel the stretch daily, and improving traffic safety is a top...
Equipment Products January 14, 2014
The HL740-9A wheel loader is part of Hyundai’s 9A series product line, all of which meet Tier 4 Interim standards. This high-performance model features a low-emission 222-hp Cummins Interim Tier 4 QSB6.7 engine that provides optimum power while remaining fuel-efficient. The HL760-9A has an...
Transit News January 10, 2014
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has dog-eared $2.6 million for the planning and design of new trains for Boston’s Green Line, according to the department’s new five-year capital plan, released Thursday. If all goes as planned, MassDOT will deliver the new trains by 2021.  ...
News January 10, 2014
Big Bertha should be on the move soon. The same can’t be said for a new transportation-funding package in the state of Washington.   Officials said crews are getting closer to freeing the tunnel-boring machine (Big Bertha) responsible for chewing up an opening for the S.R. 99 tunnel. However,...
Bridge Construction News January 10, 2014
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has reached agreement with its pontoon contractor for added costs associated with building pontoons for the new S.R. 520 floating bridge.   In late December WSDOT executed five new change orders for the S.R. 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV...
Transportation Management News January 08, 2014
The Utah DOT (UDOT) turned on electronic speed limit signs early January on I-80—northwest of Salt Lake City, from Parleys Canyon to near the Jeremy Ranch exit—that allow traffic engineers to adjust the speed limit. The system is designed for safety and to increase the highway’s capacity,...
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