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Tires Case Studies December 14, 2017
Backed by Bridgestone, Firestone VersaBuilt tires are designed to perform across a wide variety of environments, applications and equipment to keep jobsites operating efficiently.   Tony Perrotti, operations manager for JR Hayes Corp., a site development contractor in the Pacific Northwest, has...
Software Routing and Logistics Products December 13, 2017
Take advantage of a complete solution for intelligent permitting, routing and restriction management of oversize/overweight vehicles. Superload automates your permitting and routing of oversize/overweight vehicles, including application processing, route selection and analysis, and permit issuance...
Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge

Image: Free-Lance Star

Bridge Construction News December 13, 2017
An upcoming meeting and recent movement on a major bridge project underlines what the future might hold for drivers along a major Virginia corridor where population and traffic is expected to grow in the coming decades.   The Virginia Department of Transportation will host a public meeting this...
autonomous buses
Automated Vehicles News December 13, 2017
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), along with various partners, is testing out self-driving buses that could carry commuters on state roads.   Minnesota transit leaders introduced the autonomous shuttle bus to the media at MnDOT’s road research center in Monticello. Throughout the...
autonomous vehicles and alternative transportation
Law News December 12, 2017
Lawmakers in the state of Florida are proposing the creation of a “Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority” that would oversee developing transportation systems for things such as autonomous vehicles.   The authority would be within the Florida Department of Transportation and would receive...
Software Project Management Videos December 12, 2017
Improve the efficiency of your linear network infrastructure and save time as you model, manage and maintain linear network information.
Mississippi winter
Winter Maintenance News December 11, 2017
In this video from the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), Melinda McGrath, P.E., executive director of MDOT, answers questions about the process for pre-treating and maintaining roadways during a winter weather event. Mississippi is currently experiencing ice on roads and bridges in...
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Transit News December 11, 2017
An explosion rattled through one of the busiest transit hubs in New York City Monday morning, causing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of commuters.   According to the New York Times, the New York Police Department said that one person was in custody after the blast echoed through the...
Hwy. 67 culvert redesign in Wis. to aid aquatic habitat
Culvert RepairRehabilitation News December 08, 2017
Fishing is a pretty big deal in certain parts of Wisconsin, and one of those parts is Fond du Lac County. According to a story by local Fox affiliate 11, the shoreline of the 423-acre Long Lake is an excellent spot for all kinds of catch.   “Crappies, bluegill, perch, walleye, northern [pike] and...
The wrong-way detection signs will go in at the I-15-Starr Avenue interchange, which is now under construction
Safety Products News December 08, 2017
The I-15/Starr Avenue interchange project in Clark County, Nev., has aimed, since its inception, to reduce crashes and alleviate local-road congestion—and a new, fairly simple safety measure has Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials optimistic that incident reduction will happen...
LIRR Bridge overpass

Image: MTA

Bridges News December 07, 2017
Looking to prevent dangerous bridge strikes, New York is spending $4.3 million to install additional detectors to keep over-height vehicles off state parkways, where overpasses are lower than many.   The detector systems are intended to prevent incidents that in 2017 have so far included more than...
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization Case Studies December 07, 2017
The widening of a road around the south end of popular Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton Bay, N.H., created a steep slope (1H:1V) adjacent to the roadway. Concern that potential erosion and washout would occur during heavy rain events made stabilization of the 52-ft slope necessary.   Project objectives...
Concrete Blades Case Studies December 06, 2017
Operating a flat saw takes skill, knowledge and endurance. It also takes having the right flat saw and the right diamond blade pared for the job. When these factors—skilled operator, flat saw and diamond blade—come together, a project even with its own unique set of circumstances can go smoothly...
Michigan DOT to replace I-375 freeway with surface street
Road Construction News December 06, 2017
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced its intention to proceed with plans to gut Detroit’s I-375 expressway and restore in its location a surface street by 2022.   At present, funding has yet to be arranged, but MDOT’s resolve in this matter appears to be firm. Where the...
Dual wing plow

Five recently configured dual-wing plows will be used primarily along eastern Oregon multi-lane freeways.

Web Exclusive Winter Maintenance Article December 05, 2017
“Winter isn’t over til it’s summer.”   That’s the story heard from winter maintenance workers out on the roads in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon, as the mountain range sees snowfall from as early as September to as late as May. It is in this region that most of the snowplows in the state of Oregon...
Eric Hartmann
Web Exclusive Snow Control Article December 05, 2017
With winter now upon us, Roads & Bridges spoke with Eric Hartmann, vice president of sales and marketing for Tovar Snow Professionals, about best practices for snow and ice control, the importance of off-season training, and more.   RB: Your firm has offices all over the country, so you face...
black ice
Winter Maintenance News December 05, 2017
Winter road maintenance could be getting more efficient thanks to the Grip, a black-ice detection system from two Finnish research organizations.   The two firms—EEE Innovations and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland—developed the system to accurately detect slippery road conditions in real-...
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article December 04, 2017
What is the answer for 100 across?   My grandmother, affectionately called “Mommy D,” finds it in the newspaper just about every day. For as long as I can remember, she has always done the daily crossword puzzle, and just about every time I see her nibbling on her pen for the right word carrying...
California Laurel Street Overcrossing

Work on abutments for the Laurel Street Overcrossing Replacement Project in Vallejo, Calif. Image: Caltrans

Highway Construction Article December 04, 2017
CALIFORNIA: At the forefront by Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   There’s progress and then there’s progress, and those who know the difference can only be encouraged by some of the developments taking place in California.   As a result of the recent 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase passed...
VR construction planning
Software Article December 04, 2017
Virtual reality (VR) has been a staple of mass media for decades, but only in the abstract.   Popularized in television shows and in the movies, largely science fiction-related, VR has now moved past static media to the realm of interactive video games, and, to some degree, infrastructure project...
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