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Law News June 27, 2017
Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed a bill that allows the testing of self-driving cars on Texas roads and highways without a driver behind the wheel.   There was nothing in existing law that banned autonomous vehicles from Texas roads. Google has been testing them since 2015 in Austin, and Arlington...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News June 27, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is planning to host two public workshops to discuss the integration of details of connected-vehicle capabilities into the National Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture.   The workshops will cover National ITS Architecture, version 7....
Light Rail Transit (LRT) News June 27, 2017
The Los Angeles Gold Line extension to Claremont will break ground this October based on a plan approved last week by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.   The 11.5-mile extension will push the Gold Line light rail further east through the San Gabriel Valley with an additional...
Pothole Patching Case Studies June 26, 2017
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 1 is responsible for over 3,600 road miles and more than 2,000 bridges. Thanks to severe winter weather and lake effect snow conditions, this region is perhaps the most challenging area for maintenance of all the PennDOT districts. The...
Road Construction News June 26, 2017
Where do you draw the line with parties? Also, Missouri looks for new ways to generate money for road and bridge work, new fences installed along Alligator Alley, and more. To access the podcast, click here.

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Bridge Rescue Article June 26, 2017
The only reinforced-concrete bridge deck inspection technique required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is visual inspection.   The process of visual inspection includes an inspector looking at the surface of a deck for cracks, potholes, efflorescence and other signs of deterioration....

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Accelerated Construction News June 23, 2017
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) plans to use accelerated bridge construction (ABC) techniques for replacing I-24 bridges in downtown Nashville.   More than 148,000 vehicles travel on this section of I-24 daily. The $28.5 million project will include replacement of the bridges over...
Reflective Adhesives Products June 22, 2017
3M Diamond Grade Conspicuity Markings Series 983 conspicuity markings are strong and rigid with a high-performance adhesive that sticks securely to trucks, trailers and other large vehicles. It is available in rolls, packaged pieces or kiss-cut pieces on a roll. The easy-release liner makes...
Road Construction News June 22, 2017
The deadline to submit entries for Top 10 Roads 2017 has been extended by two weeks. The new deadline is July 7.   As a reminder, projects must be in the design, construction or completion phase over the last 18 months, and past winners are not eligible. For a list of past winners, click here. This...

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Worker Protection News June 22, 2017
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) delayed enforcement of the crystalline silica standard for the construction industry to September in order to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.   OSHA issued a...
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Highway Construction News June 21, 2017
U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) announced Tuesday that the Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit allowing construction of I-73 to the Grand Strand, making a significant step to building a four-lane, nonstop path to the heart of South Carolina’s tourism industry.   The announcement comes 35 years...
Bridges Videos June 21, 2017
Discover a new way of learning with the highly interactive CIP Bridge eCourse. Get a sneak peek at the look and feel of the eCourse, as well as an overview of the course content.
Law News June 20, 2017
A U.S. House Republican proposal revealed last week would bar states from setting their own rules about the designing and testing of self-driving vehicles.   The proposal also would block federal regulators from demanding pre-market approval for autonomous-vehicle (AV) technology.   The draft...
Equipment Videos June 20, 2017
At up to 20 gal/minute, the FR4200 makes short work of fueling your equipment, whether you use gasoline, diesel, biodiesel (to B20) or other fuels.

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Highway Construction News June 19, 2017
The state of Indiana announced an agreement Friday to take control of construction of the 21-mile stretch of I-69 from Bloomington to Martinsville, a project that was originally a public-private partnership (P3).   The agreement terminates a contract with I-69 Development Partners, the private...
Law News June 19, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses principles laid out for bipartisan legislation on self-driving vehicles.

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Asphalt Recycling News June 16, 2017
A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) pilot paving program is testing a 3-in. lift of recycled asphalt paving (RAP) on two sections of roadway in Armstrong County.   The program is being conducted through PennDOT’s Road Maintenance and Preservation (Road MaP) initiative, which Gov....
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...
Retaining Walls Case Studies June 15, 2017
During the fall of 2016, a particularly bad storm hit a shoreline road in Gisborne, New Zealand. Monstrous waves slammed into the shoreline slope, which eroded away due to oversaturation and lack of foundational support. The erosion washed away part of the slope and took a portion of the road with...
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Highway Construction News June 15, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau will provide a $106.95 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) to finance the completion of the C-470 Express Lanes Project.   The C-...
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