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Oklahoma City I-235 BNSF rail bridge

The I-235 reconstruction included wheeling in preassembled sections of a rail bridge that carries the BNSF Railway over I-235/U.S. 77 in Oklahoma City. Image: Oklahoma DOT

Article December 03, 2018
OKLAHOMA: Staying vigilant “Oklahoma has a larger bridge system than Colorado or Florida. Most people don’t consider that.”   Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) Public Relations Chief Terri Angier made this remark in her interview with Roads & Bridges almost as a throwaway statement...
Tennessee road project
Article December 03, 2018
Getwell Road has long been a direct corridor between Memphis, Tenn., and its southern neighbor Southaven, Miss. Over the past decade, the warehousing and logistics industries have undergone healthy growth in Southaven, but the two lanes of Getwell Road needed to be widened to keep traffic flowing...
Dust monitoring in Central Pennsylvania
Article December 03, 2018
Central Pennsylvania may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about dusty roads, but even in the heavily forested Northeast, road dust is an issue. Whether a landowner nuisance, driver hazard or human health concern, dust from unsealed roads is a headache for the road owner.  ...
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Article November 29, 2018
In recent years, paving has witnessed an increased focus on preservation treatments, ranging from crack seals to chip seals to thin-lift overlays, and others. A number of these treatments are often collectively referred to simply as seal treatments. As the term implies, a principle objective of...
Boring Company tunnel

Image: Boring Company

News November 28, 2018
Elon Musk's Boring Co. is abandoning plans to build a 2.5-mile test tunnel underneath the 405 freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard in the Westside area of Los Angeles.   The controversial project had been the focus of a lawsuit filed by two neighborhood groups, accusing L.A. officials of violating state...
Construction underway at the MGM Springfield garage
Case Studies November 26, 2018
The city of Springfield, Mass., has suffered some hard times economically in the last several years. The downtown section of the city also was hit by a severe tornado in 2011. MGM Resorts International is helping to restore the city and its economy through the development of the MGM Springfield...
highway construction Pennsylvania toll road
News November 13, 2018
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is ready to begin construction of an interchange on the Southern Beltway in the Pittsburgh area.   The commission last week awarded a $116.2 million contract to Trumbull Corp. for the 2.75-mile section of the $800 million toll road. Preliminary work to clear...
spray-applied waterproofing
Case Studies November 09, 2018
The Blue Ridge Parkway revels in its new autumn shades of yellow, orange and red that follow the road’s meandering, peaceful curves. Quickly, the brisk fall weather turns to biting winter cold, and the skies shift from clear blues to darker greys. The landscape becomes stark, quiet and still as the...
2018 Recycling awards
News November 06, 2018
The deadline to submit project nominations for Roads & Bridges' 2018 Recycling Awards has been extended to Dec. 5. Nominations are accepted in the following categories: cold planing, full-depth recycling, hot in-place recycling and cold in-place recycling. Please list as many job challenges as...
I-696 reconstruction near Detroit will finish up by year’s end
News November 06, 2018
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced that it expects the I-696 corridor, a $90 million project, which has been intermittently closed to traffic since constructions began, to be fully open to traffic before 2019.   The corridor runs between I-94 and I-75, and is a crucial...
I-235 highway widening and bridge project Oklahoma City

Image: Oklahoma DOT

News November 05, 2018
The project to widen I-235 to six through lanes and two auxiliary lanes from NW 36th Street to just north of NW 50th Street in Oklahoma City has been completed ahead of schedule and is now fully reopened to traffic.   Construction began in January 2017 and was projected to take about three years if...
infrastructure software
News October 30, 2018
Bentley Systems Inc., the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, recently announced some of their latest acquisitions, resources and services at the company’s 2018 Year in Infrastructure Conference in...
2018 Recycling awards
News October 26, 2018
You have only a few days left to nominate your recycling project to be considered for Roads & Bridges' 2018 Recycling Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 2. Nominations are accepted in the following categories: cold planing, full-depth recycling, hot in-place recycling and cold...
Grandview Interchange

Image: Colorado Department of Transportation

News October 25, 2018
Construction to connect U.S. highways 550 and 160 using the Grandview Interchange, also called the Bridge to Nowhere, could start in late 2019 southeast of Durango, Colo.   The $98.6 million project will require about two years to complete. The new alignment will allow the Colorado Department of...
I-269 Mississippi
News October 22, 2018
The last 9-mile stretch of a 30-mile segment of I-269 in north Mississippi will open Oct. 26 with a ceremony taking place at the intersection of I-269 and Getwell Road in De­Soto County.   This completes I-269 connecting I-55 near Hernando to Tennessee 385, and it will open shortly after a 10 a.m....
I-294 Central Tri-State Tollway project

Crews work on I-294 Central Tri-State Tollway Project. Image: Illinois Tollway

News October 17, 2018
Transportation officials gathered in the village of Justice in Cook County on Tuesday to affirm their commitment to building an interchange on the Tri-State Tollway at 88th Avenue/Cork Avenue in the Chicago suburb.   The Illinois Tollway, Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County, village...
new freeway plans
News October 10, 2018
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to turn the U.S. 1 Capital Boulevard into a freeway from I-540 in Raleigh north through Wake Forest and will present its plans at public meetings this week.   The limited-access highway would be free of traffic lights and driveways, and...
SH 288 Toll Lanes Project
Article October 04, 2018
No road project comes down to statistics alone—though when you have a project as massive and challenging as our No. 2 road project of 2018, you might be forgiven a mea culpa for thinking so.   The $850 million SH 288 Toll Lanes project in Houston, Texas, consists of the expansion and rehabilitation...
Northwest Corridor Express Lanes
Article October 04, 2018
It did not happen until the opening day of the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes in Atlanta, Ga., but Zach Folmar finally saw more than enough qualified people.   The lack of skilled workers is not a new trend in the road and bridge construction market, but activity in the Atlanta area double-...
I-40, Devil Dog Wash
Article October 04, 2018
“It’s a quiet little town.”   That’s how Gannett Fleming Project Manager Karen Hobbs describes the town of Flagstaff. And she’s not wrong. A small metropolis of 70,000 souls, Flagstaff is couched in the mountainous, arboreal landscape of northern Arizona, a region that sees more than 11,000 freeze-...
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