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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.

WisDOT concrete pavement research
Article January 02, 2019
Joint deterioration has become a renewed concern for concrete pavements in northern climates.   Recently, a number of relatively young pavements have experienced premature joint deterioration, resulting in high amounts of maintenance. The construction industry in Wisconsin alone estimates...
Hunter Station Bridge
Article January 02, 2019
The Hunter Station Bridge, a $24 million, four-span replacement structure carrying Rte. 62 over the Allegheny River, recently opened in Tionesta Township, Pa.   The 1,124-ft-long bridge was designed with numerous innovations and sustainability measures to enhance safety and provide environmental...

Image: Boring Company

News December 19, 2018
Elon Musk and the Boring Co. this week unveiled a much-anticipated 1.4-mile test tunnel for transporting vehicles underground in the next step of a larger plan to alleviate traffic conditions in Los Angeles County.   The L.A/Hawthorne test tunnel took special guests and media attendees for rides in...
Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition

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News December 17, 2018
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recently announced its plans for the demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, which is scheduled to begin in February 2019.   The work to demolish the structure will take approximately six months to complete as crews move along the...
construction work bridges
News December 12, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is preparing this week to install the largest precast bridge beams ever in the state of Utah.   The massive concrete beams will impact traffic this week as they are placed along the I-15 technology corridor in Lehi.   Forterra Structural Precast created...
Jane Byrne Interchange Chicago

Image: Illinois DOT

News December 10, 2018
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently announced that work on the Jane Byrne Interchange in Chicago has been extended to a 2022 completion date, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.   This change stretches the project duration three years longer than the original...
C-470 Express Lanes project

Image: Colorado DOT

News December 10, 2018
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is expecting to complete work on the C-470 Express Lanes project along 12.5 miles of the roadway from Wadsworth Boulevard to I-25 by summer 2019.   CDOT recently held its fourth and final public presentation on the C-470 project in Highlands Ranch...
Highway construction and engineering contracts
News December 10, 2018
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors approved one construction contract and eight professional engineering services contracts totaling more than $82.2 million at its November meeting.    This included $61 million for construction management contracts as part of the Illinois Tollway’s $4 billion...
interstate construction plan
News December 06, 2018
The Commonwealth Transportation Board of Virginia this week voted to approve the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan, which will help address some of the issues afflicting the interstate.   The plan was drafted by a team supported by the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia...
Complete 540 project NCDOT

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News December 05, 2018
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has awarded the first of three contracts for the Complete 540 project in the greater Raleigh area.   This week, the department announced that Charlotte-based Lane Blythe Construction Joint Venture will receive $403 million to work on the...
State of the Industry Survey
Article December 03, 2018
Rising steel prices are indeed on the minds of road and bridge contractors, but they are not smothering craniums giving them endless noogies like a nasty big brother. Playing that role would be the never-ending skilled labor crisis, which is now starting to ignore the screams of the builder.   Of...
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...
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