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Article December 28, 2000
The Siskiyou County, Calif., road service fleet is now operating more efficiently thanks to a swing towards a growing number of trucks that are carefully tailored for their work. The third largest California county, located so far north that it borders on Oregon, hasn’t always had it so good....
Interstate System Article December 28, 2000
Abraham Lincoln said a house divided against itself cannot stand. Those words have rang true for the highway industry over the past 10 years with regard to working together for passage of federal transportation legislation. The industry failed to come together and be a force to be reckoned with...
Infrastructure Security Article December 28, 2000
Submersible Pumps in the Dry Well Figure 6 depicts the concept of using submersible pumps that can operate in a dry well in lieu of the conventional dry pit vertical sewage pumps. A "standard" submersible pump cannot operate in a dry well because it must be submerged in order to cool the motor. The...
Article December 28, 2000
In my column last month I discussed the innovative financing provisions that were a part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) P.L. 105-178 and offered opinions on how those provisions might affect contractors. This month I will discuss the design-build provisions in TEA-21...
Winter Maintenance Article December 28, 2000
In the yearly battle waged against snow and ice, manufacturers of snow removal equipment pile up their defense against one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful weapons. Unfortunately, the beauty of a snowfall can quickly rear its ugly head. The blankets of snow that are laid upon us can cause major...
Highway Construction Article December 28, 2000
If they are able to withstand the flames sparked by political heat, the fire walls, built into the new federal transportation act to ensure that moneys from the Highway Trust Fund would be spent, and spent for highway purposes, will help deliver significant increases in funding for highway and...
Article December 28, 2000
This year clearly ranks as one of the most exciting in the history of the truck business. I’d say it runs far ahead of whatever is in second place. Sales have been booming for the manufacturers and demand for trucking service has made 1998 a great year for operators. An explosion of global...
Bridges Article December 28, 2000
Whether used to hoist people or products, cranes and lifts are used for a variety of aerial applications including bridge work, traffic light and sign maintenance and general construction work to name just a few. The number of applications for which cranes and lifts are being used seem to be...
Article December 28, 2000
Drunk driving deaths down The percentage of traffic fatalities caused by drunken driving is on the decline, according to the U.S. DOT, dropping to a record low in 1997. The DOT reported 16,189 alcohol-related traffic deaths in 1997, 38.6% of the total fatalities. Although still representing about...
Article December 28, 2000
Despite a new report by the Texas Transportation Institute which indicates that urban traffic congestion continues to worsen in most U.S. areas, the experience of some growing regions indicates there are strategies being implemented that are proving successful in relieving traffic congestion. The...
Infrastructure Security Article December 28, 2000
Sending and paying utility bills is never fun, but the process might be getting a little easier for all parties involved, thanks to an Internet bill delivery and payment system developed by MSFDC, a joint venture between Microsoft Corp. and First Data Corp. Currently, some of the largest billers...
Article December 28, 2000
Preventive maintenance Almost one out of every three motorists experienced mechanical or operational breakdowns in the past year, according to a recent AAA Chicago Motor Club (CMC) survey. However, many of these breakdowns could be prevented if drivers maintain their vehicles properly. Twenty-...
Article December 28, 2000
For the past 25 years, World of Concrete (WOC) has developed into one the largest annual commercial concrete construction trade shows in the industry. Established in 1975, WOC’s first show had 71 exhibiting companies and an audience of 1,550. Age has treated WOC well. WOC ’99 is expected to draw...
Infrastructure Security Article December 28, 2000
Tetra Technologies, Inc., has developed an underdrain plate called Savage Plate for water filtering applications. It offers retention of finer filtering media while expanding filtration performance and increasing filtration efficacy. The Savage Plate consists of three layers of black, ultraviolet-...
Article December 28, 2000
In my column last month I discussed the innovative financing provisions that were a part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) P.L. 105-178 and offered opinions on how those provisions might affect contractors. This month I will discuss the design-build provisions in TEA-21...
Bridges Article December 28, 2000
Imagine a concrete reinforcement job so consuming that contractors opted not to bid it until they found a tool that could make it feasible and affordable. Last year, the California DOT (CalTrans) requested bids for a $1.5 million seismic retrofit project of the I-134 Arroyo Seco Bridge in Pasadena...
Bridges Article December 28, 2000
Since the onset of the Cold War, the U.S. government has spent billions of dollars in the development of high technology for military applications. Now that the international competition has subsided, some of that technology is being transferred to civil uses. This may provide taxpayers with an...
Infrastructure Security Article December 28, 2000
If you ask most municipal engineers or environmental officials who manage wastewater about the latest advances in wastewater treatment technology, most will respond that little has changed in the last 10 years. Upgrading technology usually means to restore and replace worn parts and to add advanced...
Soundwalls Article December 28, 2000
For generations, Pikes Peak has served as a beacon, drawing tens of thousands of settlers to the Colorado Springs, Colo., region. From the summit, one sees vast, open skies, planted fields and the majestic Rocky Mountains. So inspired by this view was Katharine Lee Bates in 1893 that she penned her...
Trailers Article December 28, 2000
This month, ROADS & BRIDGES features what some may say is a rather unheralded piece of equipment in the construction equipment industry: the truck trailer. The trailer, which is used to haul equipment and material that may cost tens of thousands of dollars, simply hauls its load from point A to...
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