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.

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

Image: Modernize 75 via Facebook

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

Image: SH 99 Grand Parkway via Twitter

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...
80/90 PUSH project
Article February 05, 2019
The Indiana Toll Road runs east-west across northern Indiana, concurrent with I-90 and a portion of I-80.   The 157-mile stretch provides primary connections to Chicago to the west and the Ohio Turnpike to the east. The $220 million 80/90 Pavement Upgrade for a Superior Highway (PUSH) project,...
Virginia transportation construction projects
News January 30, 2019
Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has signed agreements with private partner Transurban to deliver critical transportation solutions along I-495 and I-95.   Months of close collaboration and negotiation between the Commonwealth and Transurban have resulted in a...
Centennial Bowl interchange

Image: Nevada DOT

News January 28, 2019
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) recently broke ground on the $73 million next phase of the Centennial Bowl interchange in northwest Las Vegas.    The interchange is where U.S. Highway 95 meets the 215 Beltway. Las Vegas Paving is the general contractor for the project, with a...
Jim Mack

New ACPA Chairman Jim Mack. Image: ACPA

News January 22, 2019
The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) anticipates a significant increase in square yards of concrete pavements used for highway applications in calendar year 2019.   At a press conference held at World of Concrete in Las Vegas, the association also announced that James W. “Jim” Mack, ...
NCDOT transportation plans

Image: NCDOT

News January 15, 2019
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has included more than 1,600 transportation projects in the state's draft 2020-2029 transportation plan, which was released last week.   The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is NCDOT's proposed funding and construction schedule...
IDOT uses GCCM to repair channel on Interstate right of way
Case Studies January 11, 2019
A concrete paved drainage channel on the Interstate 74 (I-74) right of way in Moline, Ill., collapsed due to years of undermining from soil erosion and scour, which resulted in severe erosion of the entire downstream waterway area. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wanted to repair...
highway, transit projects, federal government shutdown
News January 09, 2019
Transportation construction work across the nation has been put on hold by the federal government shutdown, with state transportation officials withholding approvals for 2019 projects until federal funding is guaranteed, according to a report from The Washington Post.   The amount of federal...
Phoenix Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway

Image: Arizona DOT

News January 04, 2019
Nearly two years after major construction began on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, construction on the state’s largest single highway project is entering the new year with nearly two-thirds of the work complete.   Progress is evident throughout the 22-mile corridor as crews put down asphalt...
I-235/U.S. 54 interchange Wichita
Article January 02, 2019
When the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) first began working on the redesign of the I-235/U.S. 54 interchange in Wichita, the challenge was clear—improve traffic flow and driver safety at each roadway entrance and exit on one of the most heavily traveled interchanges in the state.   With...
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