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Base course reinforcement
Geotextiles Drainage Products August 29, 2017
Mirafi RSi-Series geosynthetics are the premier solution for base course reinforcement and subgrade stabilization for transportation and energy infrastructure projects such as roads, railways, and airways. Mirafi RSi-Series geosynthetics are revolutionary geosynthetics with orange identification...
Distance measuring
Equipment Products August 29, 2017
FastMeasure distance measuring device mounts on the dashboard of anything that rolls, allowing contractors and engineers to quickly and accurately measure parking lots, roads, utilities and more in the car while driving any speed. Distance can be measured in feet or meters, speed displayed in mph,...
Electric motor control
Snow / Ice Removal Equipment Products August 29, 2017
The newest addition to the Certified Cirus Control Systems snow-and-ice-removal product line is the EMC 1055 electric motor control system. The all-in-one system provides both proportional control of the DC electric motors used to power liquid or granular spreaders and a ground-speed-oriented...
Brine making
Snow / Ice Removal Chemicals Products August 29, 2017
The next generation of brine makers is here. The AccuBrine automated brine maker NXT-Gen now brings snowfighters even more advanced brine-making technology, greater accuracy and precision automation. Designed to provide even greater benefits to winter maintenance professionals, the AccuBrine ...
Hurricane Harvey aftermath in Houston
Transportation Management News August 29, 2017
The catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey and continued rainfall over the past few days has most modes of transportation in Houston and a larger region of the state at a standstill.   State highway conditions consist of road closures because of flooding all along the Texas coastal area...
Bayview Bridge illuminated (purple)
Bridges Article August 28, 2017
The Bayview Bridge glows like a magnificent beacon in the night in Quincy, Ill., draped in different colors and shades, set against the backdrop of a picture-perfect evening.   Known as Illinois' "Gem City" on the Mississippi River, Quincy remains a prominent river city with a population of more...
The rumble strips were set out in a dual three-strip array.

The rumble strips were set out in a dual three-strip array.

Safety Case Studies August 25, 2017
Last October, Shelly & Sands, a prime highway contractor, installed RoadQuake 2F Temporary Portable Rumble Strip (TPRS) arrays in two Ohio work zones. The installation, conducted in partnership with Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Ohio Contractors Association (OCA), tested the...
Bridges News August 25, 2017
In testimony before the Senate Transportation Committee, Mississippi County Engineer Jeff Dungan indicated that federal inspectors are presently targeting more than 2,000 county bridges that have wood supports, and that a likely result of this attention would be the closure of hundreds of such...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News August 25, 2017
Among the myriad programs and promises that have either been curtailed, rolled back or outright rescinded since the Trump administration assumed power in Washington, the Federal Committee on Automation, the government’s council advisory board devoted to driverless-vehicle technology, is yet another...
I-66/Rte. 15 diverging diamond interchange in northern Virignia

Image source: Virginia Department of Transportation

Highway Construction News August 24, 2017
Northern Virginia leaders celebrated the ceremonial opening of the new interchange at U.S. 15 and I-66 Tuesday morning as the first of several expected diverging diamond interchanges in the area.   The new interchange first partially opened this winter, and fully opened in the last few weeks. It...
3m wet reflective paint
Safety Case Studies August 24, 2017
Michigan’s Department of Transportation (MDOT) had been using wet reflective optics in its permanent pavement markings on certain larger construction projects for years when officials decided to establish a standard to require full wet reflectivity in its work zones. MDOT wanted to increase safety...
Rail transit
Transit News August 24, 2017
Declining gas prices and fewer public transportation options are forcing travelers back behind the wheel, according to a new study by DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, which found: Lower fuel prices and heightened competition from airlines have weakened demand for...
jobsite
Editorial/Commentary News August 23, 2017
Similar to our efforts to boost exposure of a variety of road and bridge construction projects through video submissions, the editors at Roads & Bridges are putting out a call for photo entries to display as a “photo gallery” on our website.   We invite construction professionals, DOT members...
Gordie Howe International Bridge

Image source: Dan Janisse/Windsor Star

Bridge Construction News August 23, 2017
Construction of the long-awaited new Windsor-Detroit border crossing bridge has been set back by a year because of the complex bidding process, meaning it likely will not be completed until 2023.   The three consortiums vying to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge were informed within the...
Construction on American Center for Mobility in Michigan
Bridge Construction News August 22, 2017
Self-driving cars will begin taking test laps this December on the site of a famous World War II airplane factory in Michigan where B-24 Liberator bombers were produced every hour more than seven decades ago.   Driverless cars—some without steering wheels, accelerators or brake pedals—will race at...
light-rail transit
Light Rail Transit (LRT) News August 22, 2017
Sound Transit has picked a joint venture to oversee the construction of two major light-rail extensions in the Seattle area.   The two firms, STV and Mott MacDonald, will work as part of the Northwest Transit Systems Partners (NTSP) joint venture, which Sound Transit's board approved in May. The...
Asphalt Paving News August 21, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2017, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine visited the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla. The 21-mile project site is presently at the midpoint of its construction, and the scale was enormous. We brought our 360 camera along for the trip. Here's another...
Asphalt News August 21, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2017, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine visited the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla. The 21-mile project site is presently at the midpoint of its construction, and the scale was enormous. We brought our 360 camera along for the trip.
Road Construction News August 21, 2017
It's time for the big event--the solar eclipse! Also, Trump's grand infrastructure plan is being pushed back and his infrastructure council has been scratched. Pennsylvania celebrates it's latest diverging diamond interchange, there will be no new protected bike lanes in San Francisco's Golden Gate...
Trailers Videos August 21, 2017
Manatts Construction Co. relies on the MTT 460 from Thunder Creek Equipment to get bulk diesel to jobsites around the Des Moines area without requiring the driver to hold a HAZMAT endorsement, ensuring continual access to fuel and optimal uptime.
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