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Bridge Rescue Article May 02, 2017
The city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a maritime province of Canada, is an oft-overlooked, but historically dynamic community, with its foggy inlets described by the writer Howard Norman as inspiring a “sudden noir of the mind.”   This peninsular city is fronted on three sides by bodies of water, the...
Bridge Construction Article May 02, 2017
The Crum Creek Viaduct Replacement Project is a unique design-build (D-B) project that replaced a bridge on an existing alignment using accelerated bridge construction (ABC) techniques.   The D-B approach to replace the 121-year-old rail viaduct on the Media-Elwyn Regional Rail Line over Crum Creek...
Bridges Article May 02, 2017
As our nation’s infrastructure ages, emphasis is placed on the inspection and remediation of bridges. These bridges are travelled by school buses, family cars and pedestrians every day. How do engineers and county officials work together to ensure the safety of these travelers?   In Licking County...
Bridge Rescue Article May 02, 2017
When the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge collapsed tragically in Minneapolis in 2007, the state’s legislature wasted no time in passing legislation in 2008 for a 10-year Bridge Replacement Program focused on bridges classified as either structurally deficient or fracture critical.   According to...

The northwestern portion of the Viaduct crosses the Los Angeles River, the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail and Riverside Drive. The PVC shrink-wrap contains the blasting media and byproducts.

Bridges Article May 02, 2017
While “blast and paint” rolls off the tongue easily, providing access to the underside of the Elysian Viaduct Bridge for rehabilitation work is anything but easy.   In fact, as the original bridge construction project neared completion, the September-October 1961 issue of the Official Journal of...
Law Article May 02, 2017
It is universally accepted that a payment and performance bond surety’s liability is coextensive with that of its principal, the contractor.   A recent case in Georgia reinforces this view, but highlights how facts might nevertheless be construed more harshly against sureties than their principals...
Roads Report Article May 02, 2017
Death defying James Sundby is lucky to be alive after surviving two near-death experiences in one night.   Late one Friday night this past March, Sundby ran a stop sign at a T-intersection in Alexandria, Minn., barreling over the curb, through someone’s yard and straight off a 40-ft embankment....

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Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News May 02, 2017
As part of its intelligent transportation systems program, the city of Seattle has introduced a UK-developed adaptive traffic-control system to help reduce congestion along one of its busiest corridors.   The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has introduced the new Split Cycle Offset...

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Highway Construction News May 01, 2017
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb joined State Representative Ed Soliday, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Commissioner Joe McGuinness and other local officials on Friday to formally break ground on the I-65 Northwest Indiana Expansion Project.   The $62 million Major Moves 2020 project will...
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization Case Studies April 28, 2017
Major District Road (MDR) 31 passes through Shaha and Kolpewadi villages in Sinnar Taluka, part of District Nashik in India’s Maharashtra state. Overseen by the Nashik Public Works Department (PWD), the road provides an important link between sugarcane farms and sugar mills in the area. During peak...
Transit News April 28, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for up to $55 million in competitive grant funds through FTA’s Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program. The Low-No program supports projects sponsored by local transit agencies to bring...

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Safety News April 28, 2017
New data from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) shows traffic fatalities and serious injuries are declining on Montana roads. So far this year, there have been 36 traffic-related deaths compared to 52 at the same time last year.   In 2014, MDT launched Vision Zero, its mission to bring...
Safety Case Studies April 27, 2017
With a deadline approaching, one backed by a very large fine if it were missed, officials of the city of Cleveland, Ohio, recently reopened the part of Superior Avenue that runs through Public Square downtown.   The following timeline is an overview of the circumstances that led to the reopening of...
Funding News April 27, 2017
Transit advocates are sounding the alarm over the impact of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts, saying they would jeopardize $38 billion worth of planned public transportation projects.   The administration, which is working on a $1 trillion infrastructure package, has floated a $2.4 billion...

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DesignBuild News April 27, 2017
A design-build team made up of 16 companies has been selected for the $100 million I-270 Innovative Congestions Management Project in Montgomery County, Md.—a project designed to cut 30 minutes off of morning commutes from Frederick to I-495.   Gov. Larry Hogan announced the plan last summer for...
Safety Case Studies April 26, 2017
Highway work zones are hazardous, both for drivers who must maneuver through traffic control arrangements and for construction workers who operate steps away from passing vehicles. In this environment, a split-second distraction or unexpected incident can have grave consequences. To prevent serious...

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Bridge Construction News April 26, 2017
The first span of a project to replace the Kosciuszko Bridge is opening to New York City drivers this week, with the first traffic expected to cross Thursday.   The first phase of the bridge cost $555 million and will temporarily allow for three lanes of traffic in each direction. Ultimately, the...
Road Weather Information Systems Products April 25, 2017
The YOUNG ResponseONE Ultrasonic Anemometer (Model 91000) accurately measures winds up to 156 mph.  Each sensor is wind-tunnel calibrated and uses ultrasonic technology with no moving parts.  Wind data is updated up to 10 times per second and made available via a variety of standard serial output...
Saws Products April 25, 2017
Husqvarna’s FS 7000 DL is a deep-cutting flat saw compliant with Tier 4 final emission regulations. It can cut up to 25 in. deep with a 60-in. blade and was developed as the successor of the popular FS 8400 D. When compared during side-by-side testing, the FS 7000 DL performed just as well as the...
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