Roads

Welcome to the Roads Channel, a special feature that provides the user an in-depth look at the road industry. This section offers several areas to explore: product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list.

steep, cut slope in road reconstruction project, Devon, U.K.
Case Studies March 20, 2019
A $10.3 million project in Devon, U.K., necessitated the reconstruction of a half-mile single-lane road designed to reduce congestion and support economic development in the area. The approved route required a significant amount of material (nearly 131,000 cu yd) on adjacent slopes to be excavated...
Hudson River Tunnel project Amtrak

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News March 18, 2019
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rated the Hudson River rail tunnel project between New York and New Jersey with a medium-low grade in its most recently released ratings for infrastructure projects around the country.   According to the Associated Press, this is the same rating the agency...
oversize/overweight permit for trucks Illinois DOT
Case Studies March 14, 2019
The Illinois DOT (IDOT) must find a safe route for trucks traveling in the state of Illinois and issue an oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permit for trucks carrying large loads. With slow, manual permitting processes, IDOT sought to update and automate its permitting system. IDOT implemented the...
underpass at La Jolla Colony Drive in San Diego

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News March 12, 2019
On Tuesday, March 12, La Jolla Colony Drive in San Diego will be closed for preparations associated with the construction of a Mid-Coast Trolley underpass.    This underpass will allow the Trolley to pass under La Jolla Colony Drive as it travels along the eastern side of I-5. The future Trolley...
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...
NCAT test track
Article March 04, 2019
Located on a 309-acre site, the 1.7-mile NCAT Pavement Test Track is a world-renowned accelerated pavement testing facility that combines full-scale pavement construction with live, heavy truck trafficking for rapid testing and analysis of asphalt pavements.   Since its original construction in...
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...
Modernize 75 highway construction Michigan

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News February 27, 2019
The Michigan DOT (MDOT) announced that work on segment 2 of the I-75 modernization project in Oakland County will begin this week on Thursday, Feb. 28.   This $224 million project will involve reconstructing more than 8 miles of pavement, improving 18 structures, upgrading drainage, constructing...
SH 99 Grand Parkway in Houston tolling project

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News February 26, 2019
The U.S. DOT recently announced that the Build America Bureau will provide up to $605 million in a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Grand Parkway Project’s H & I Segments in Houston.   The Grand Parkway is a tollway construction project in the Greater...
bridge design software
Case Studies February 18, 2019
Compared to other bridges, pedestrian bridges have it easy. After all, people are nowhere near as heavy as motor vehicles, tractor-trailers or trains. Because pedestrian bridges are built to bear smaller, lighter loads, architects and engineers are able to achieve an altogether different vision—...
At dawn, Larry Young Paving places entranceway to Southern Pointe Community
Case Studies February 08, 2019
A Texas concrete slipform paving contractor took advantage of the cool and uncongested early morning hours before sunup to start the day's work and end it before noontime.   That was the game plan for constructing miles of concrete pavement for a massive residential project—Southern Pointe...
Bill Wilson
Article February 05, 2019
President Trump has gotten his way with the wall.   This is not a news flash. Every time he wants something and others are not cooperating he quickly stacks up an emotional barrier that forces people to either find a way around it or makes them go back from where they came from. At press time the...
S.R. 101 Allen County Indiana
Article February 05, 2019
There are only so many areas in the U.S. where transportation officials would need to consider accommodating horse-and-buggy traffic, but that was one of many factors taken into account when the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) decided to widen an 8.6-mile stretch of S.R. 101 in Allen...
U.S. 191 CIR job
Article February 05, 2019
There’s not a whole ton of drama you can add to the story of a project that went according to plan.   While this is bad luck for a writer and his appetite for the most telling details, it is music to the ears of any road worker—and it played with deft symphonic resonance for the crews behind the U....
Rosehill Road
Article February 05, 2019
Rediscovering yourself sometimes calls for a major purchase. The Jackson County, Mich., Department of Transportation is not ashamed of holding the receipt.   Business as usual was not going to help 900 miles of road take a turn for the better. Officials knew something different had to be done, and...
Queen Kaahumanu Highway Widening
Article February 05, 2019
Three years after breaking ground and more than 10 years since the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) first awarded the bid, the second phase of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway Widening was completed late last year.   The $128 million project, which widened Queen Kaahumanu Highway, from...
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