Road Construction

Rural roads top states poor condition

All images courtesy of TRIP

News May 24, 2019
America’s rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to support economic growth in the nation’s heartland, according to a new report recently released by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit.   The report, Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in...
Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois

Gov. Pritzker speaks at the Illinois Capitol in May 2019. Image: Gov. JB Pritzker via Twitter.

News May 22, 2019
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently introduced a sweeping plan to address a variety of infrastructure needs throughout the state, including raising the motor fuel tax and investing over $28 billion in combined local, state, and federal funding for transportation projects.   Dubbed Rebuild Illinois,...
Express lanes in Georgia; highway construction
News May 17, 2019
The Georgia DOT (GDOT) is planning to build new toll lanes along the top end of I-285—also known as The Perimeter—in the metro Atlanta region for a $4.6 billion expansion project.   According to GDOT, the I-285 top end in metro Atlanta is one of the most heavily traveled and congested interstate...
Project Neon Las Vegas

A look at progress along Project Neon as of January 2019. Photo courtesy of Nevada DOT.

News May 16, 2019
The Nevada DOT (NDOT) announced this week that an expanded high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) network will open to Las Vegas traffic on Monday, May 20, marking an important step in the completion of Project Neon, the largest public works project in state history.   As a result of the opening, the Las...
Top 10 Roads 2019
News May 16, 2019
The time has come to submit your entries for Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Roads awards for 2019. The deadline to enter a project for consideration is July 22.   All entered projects must be in the design, construction or completion phase over the last 18 months, and past winners are ineligible to...
Congress House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee budget
News May 10, 2019
This week, leaders from the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting two committee-related priorities be included in any upcoming budget agreement.   The letter was...
I-4 Ultimate Improvement road construction project
News May 09, 2019
The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Orlando, Florida, is reportedly falling behind on its scheduled 2021 completion date by nearly nine months.   According to local reports, I-4 Mobility Partners, the project builder, recently told the Florida DOT (FDOT) in a progress report that the $2.3...
I-15 Technology Corridor in Utah
News May 02, 2019
The Utah DOT (UDOT) recently said the I-15 Technology Corridor project in Silicon Slopes is on schedule for completion in late 2020.    UDOT crews began working on the project in April 2018. Now in its second year of construction, the tech corridor is the last remaining section of I-15 between Salt...
Doosan excavators
Case Studies April 29, 2019
The Dallas North Tollway is a 32-mile expressway between downtown Dallas, Texas, and its surrounding cities. It is also one of the most congested tolled roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.   To alleviate this issue, the North Texas Tollway Authority bid out a project to widen its northbound and...
Pennsylvania Auditor General DePasquale

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (left) stands with PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards at a press conference to discuss the PennDOT audit. Image: Aud. Gen. DePasquale via Periscope.

News April 26, 2019
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week announced his new audit of the Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT) shows the agency could be further along in repairing rough highways and fixing 2,829 structurally deficient bridges with the billions of dollars it has been forced to pay to State...
road user fees; transportation funding
News April 24, 2019
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a tech-based policy group, believes the federal government should be taking advantage of GPS technology to establish a national road-user charge (RUC) system that would replace fuel taxes as a revenue stream for infrastructure.  ...
Illinois Tollway Mile Long Bridge

Image: courtesy of Illinois Tollway

News April 23, 2019
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors recently approved six new construction and professional engineering service contracts totaling nearly $228.7 million at its April meeting, including a $184.6 million contract to reconstruct the northbound Mile Long Bridge on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294)—the...
U.S. DOT grant funding opportunities
News April 22, 2019
The U.S. DOT has formally announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $900 million in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.   “These BUILD Transportation grants will provide...
road, bridge infrastructure funding proposal
News March 28, 2019
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is making a run as a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 race, today released a trillion-dollar proposal to help rebuild the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.   According to the details of the plan from her campaign, Klobuchar...
braided ramps; highway construction; I-15 Utah
News March 06, 2019
The Utah DOT (UDOT) has approved the selection of the braided ramps option design for the interchange at Main Street (S.R. 115) and I-15 in the city of Payson.   UDOT issued a Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the selection of the braided ramps as the preferred alternative out of several design...
Alaska quake damage
Article March 04, 2019
At 8:29 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, the earth started rocking and shaking in Anchorage, Alaska.   At the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) headquarters, ceiling tiles fell on desks, shelves and their contents spilled onto the floor, and families anxiously...
I-65 in Clark County, Ind.
Article March 04, 2019
More often than not on a paving job, it’s not the paving itself that proves to be the most challenging aspect—it’s handling the traffic.   Live traffic in close proximity to an active work zone presents numerous challenges and dangers, not least of which is worker safety. But the placement of a...
South Carolina I-85
Article March 04, 2019
It’s impossible to convince rain to come again another day. Sloan Construction tested this hypothesis more times than it needed to.   Dark storm clouds meant extra work for the contractor, at least at the start of the I-85 project in South Carolina. An 11.8-mile stretch of highway was in such bad...
I-10 Riverside County, Calif.
Article March 04, 2019
When working on one of the largest pavement rehabilitation projects in the history of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on one of the busiest interstate highways in the U.S., any contractor is going to have their work cut out for them.   Such was the task that Granite...
MnDOT geotechnical  asset performance
Article March 04, 2019
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) is the federal law that lit a fire under state departments of transportation.   It called on them to institutionalize asset management and performance standards as they implement innovative technologies, practices, and policies. MAP-21 and...
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