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Funding News June 14, 2017
Summer is in full swing and President Trump was out trying to gain support for his trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. To listen to the podcast, click here.
Automated Vehicles News June 14, 2017
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will soon begin testing the use of autonomous buses.   The department will be issuing a request for proposals seeking technology partners to help safely demonstrate how autonomous technology works in a colder climate.   Testing will start with warm...
Traffic Management News June 13, 2017
According to new data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), drivers are spending more time stuck in rush-hour traffic than ever.   Based on data from America’s 52 most populous metropolitan areas, FHWA’s “2016 Urban Congestion Trends” shows...
Road Construction News June 12, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses funding rural transportation construction projects through public-private partnerships.
Editorial/Commentary Article June 12, 2017
Roadway construction already is a dangerous working environment with over 700 fatalities annually in work zones alone. With connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) beginning to launch on our roadways, workers and motorists will have even more dangers facing them each day. Because the majority of...

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Highway Construction News June 09, 2017
Less than six months after major construction began on Arizona’s largest single highway project ever, progress on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway has been swift, with the project on track to be delivered sooner than originally anticipated.   This was the goal when the Arizona Department of...
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Bridge Design News June 08, 2017
The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission—commonly called the Causeway Commission—on Wednesday kicked off a design competition for improvements to the nearly six-decade-old Causeway Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain.   The Commission is giving four firms 90 days to draw up preliminary designs for...
Bridge Construction Article June 08, 2017
Designated a National Scenic Riverway, the St. Croix River carves out a deep valley, gliding and rushing through a lush green landscape surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns until its confluence with the Mississippi River.   About a half hour from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St....
Bridge Construction Case Studies June 07, 2017
The Teodoro Moscoso Bridge is the longest bridge spanning a body of water in Puerto Rico. The four-lane, 1.4-mile-long toll bridge spans the San José Lagoon, connecting the cities of San Juan and Carolina while also serving as the main entrance to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. The...
Law News June 07, 2017
Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Tuesday that prohibits texting while driving in Texas, ending a decade-long effort by safety advocates to reduce potentially deadly driver distractions on the road.   Texas will become one of the last states to adopt some kind of texting-while-driving ban...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News June 07, 2017
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) began installing 35 miles of fiber-optic cable underground this week along U.S. Rte. 33 to aid in the testing of smart vehicles.   The $4.8 million project, which is to run between Dublin and East Liberty, is slated to be finished by October, and most of...
Pavement Marking Materials Case Studies June 07, 2017
Winters in the Midwest can be harsh, especially on the roads. As roads age and are exposed to the elements, the striping that delineates lanes tends to fade first. Creating a systematic approach to maintaining road markings is important, but many cities overlook this and may not budget for it. In...
Bridges News June 06, 2017
Roads & Bridges is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Top 10 Bridges list.   Submitted projects must be in the design, construction or completion phase over the last 18 months. Past winners are not eligible. For a list of past winners, click here.   The deadline to submit nomination forms...
Road Construction Article June 06, 2017
Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, Staten Island, N.Y., to New Jersey: This historic bridge has been undergoing its first major restoration since it was completed amidst the fury of the Great Depression in late 1931. The $1.6 billion project aims to raise the bridge’s present 151-ft...
Editorial/Commentary Article June 06, 2017
What would copper tubing be doing under a bridge?   The answer is quite simple: It would not be under there in the first place. The price of copper these days continues to bring out the thief in some people. This is the reason why the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) would have never...
Paving Article June 06, 2017
Having a ticket for some dry cleanings can lead to a lot of watching and waiting. Nobody would blame anyone if they walked out.   Many paying spectators were exiting early during races at the Texas Motor Speedway due to wet conditions. No matter how hard crews worked to dry the track, it usually...
Runway Construction Article June 06, 2017
The Indianapolis International Airport has been named the “Best in North America” by the Airport Council International’s airport service quality awards for the last four years in a row.   One thing that the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) prioritizes in order to preserve this reputation is...
Winter Maintenance Article June 06, 2017
Weather is a major factor in surface transportation—it impacts traffic flow and patterns, and is often a precursor to accidents, a significant portion of which result in injury or death.   During the period from late fall through early spring, all potential driving hazards are in play, from rain...
Road Construction Article June 06, 2017
In April 2015, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced plans to replace part of its aging infrastructure on the outer loop of I-40 in downtown Nashville.   The project, better known as “Fast Fix 8,” included demolishing and reconstructing eight bridge decks over a 13-week period...
Law Article June 06, 2017
I am often confronted with claims involving Variation in Estimated Quantity, or VEQ, clauses.   VEQ clauses are quite typical in unit-price highway contracts and provide monetary relief to either the contractor or the highway department if actual quantities vary significantly from the estimated...
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