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.

I-95 widening

The I-95 widening project added two travel lanes from north of S.R. 44 to north of U.S. 92, and reconstructed interchanges at I-4, I-95 and U.S. 92.

Article August 29, 2018
Interstate 95 (I-95) is the main interstate highway on the East Coast of the U.S., running for almost 2,000 miles.   The state of Florida sees 382 miles of I-95 pass through its borders, where the southernmost portions transport traffic along the state’s Atlantic coast. The Florida Department of...
asphalt maintenance
News August 27, 2018
A Louisiana State University (LSU) team’s work with a shape memory polymer could potentially not only save the state’s roads but also money and time, according to a post from the school's College of Engineering.   In 2009, LSU Mechanical Engineering Professor Guoqiang Li received a grant from the...
highway projects
News August 24, 2018
A plan on how to spend $4 billion on highway and transit projects over the next six years was adopted Thursday by the Wasatch Front Regional Council in Utah.   Projects newly added to the council's list, which is updated annually, range from the new West Davis Corridor freeway in Davis and Weber...
exit and entrance ramps
News August 16, 2018
Several redesigned entrance and exit ramps from I-59/20 and I-65 in Birmingham, Ala., are expected to be open to the public later this month.    Gov. Kay Ivey made the announcement Wednesday from the top of the ramp leading to I-65 South from 17th Street North in Birmingham, the tallest ramp...
Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel

Image: LaDOTD

News August 15, 2018
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently joined Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to formally announce the award of a $45 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD).   The grant will be used for the Belle Chasse...
Adjustable risers improve paving in Milwaukee
Case Studies August 14, 2018
Stark Asphalt, headquartered in Milwaukee, is one of Wisconsin’s largest and most progressive paving firms. It has been in business for more than 50 years, operates four asphalt drum mix facilities and, in 2011, completed the single largest asphalt paving contract in the history of the Wisconsin...
highway improvements
News August 13, 2018
To accommodate a separate plan to build a pedestrian bridge providing access to the Las Vegas Stadium from the Strip, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials are reexamining a $200 million project that includes reconstruction of the I-15 Tropicana interchange and the addition of high-...
Alaskan Way Viaduct
Article August 02, 2018
Bertha will not be coming in contact with the Alaskan Way Viaduct during demolition.   That’s a good thing, because crews will have no more time to spare when they rip down the 1953 structure piece by piece. Bertha was the tunnel-boring machine used to create the new S.R. 99 tunnel, which will...
Carmel 115 roundabouts

Since 1996, the city of Carmel has installed 115 roundabouts, more than any other city in the U.S.

Article August 02, 2018
Located just north of Indianapolis in Hamilton County, Ind., Carmel is a dynamic edge city with award-winning schools, thriving businesses and family-oriented neighborhoods.   Once thought of as a “bedroom community” to Indianapolis, today more people commute into Carmel to work during the day than...
Western Avenue South Bend
Article August 02, 2018
What is the secret to revitalizing an urban community near a city’s main downtown area?   As many cities across the U.S. are discovering, the trick is to attract people to the area to walk, shop and visit businesses. When the city of South Bend, Ind., began an improvement project for seven blocks...
transportation projects
News August 02, 2018
The U.S. Senate took action this week to send millions of dollars to Ohio for transportation and infrastructure projects.   Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the bill's passage in a news release Wednesday afternoon.    The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill...
smart road extension
News August 01, 2018
Montgomery County, Va., officials have crafted a proposal to extend the Virginia Smart Road to I-81, creating a new highway link to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.   The $215 million plan, which now goes before Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) for consideration, would more than...
new highway
News July 26, 2018
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has plans to build a new highway in northeast El Paso.   Officials said the Northeast Parkway will help create an alternate route to get drivers from east to west El Paso and vice versa.   The highway would split at Loop 375 just before Railroad Drive...
NAPA Asphalt survey report
News July 18, 2018
Nearly 39% of asphalt pavement mixture produced in 2017 was produced as warm-mix asphalt at reduced temperatures, which decreases energy demands, reduces air emissions, and improves compaction at cooler temperatures, according to the latest survey report from the National Asphalt Pavement...
road work I-94 Michigan
News July 09, 2018
A massive $110 million road construction project kicks off Monday on a 9-mile stretch of I-94 in the Jackson, Mich., area.   The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to reconstruct 1.4 miles of freeway between Lansing Avenue and Elm Road, resurface 3.5 miles between Lansing Avenue and...
ET Simonds manhole
Case Studies July 05, 2018
Since 2006, adjustable manhole risers have been just right for a project detail that had previously been a bit of a hassle for E.T. Simonds Construction Company in Carbondale, Ill. “We do all sorts of road-related work, and of course we do a lot of paving jobs that require the raising of manholes...
ODOT road work

ODOT was able to merge 25 years of road and bridge work into just four due to innovative financing.

Article July 05, 2018
OHIO: A fantastic fury Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Located in northwest Ohio, the city of Toledo has just as many University of Michigan devotees as it does Ohio State University fans.   The area is used to times of fury, but non-stop for four years straight? Hard to imagine, but it is all...
GOMACO 2400
Article July 05, 2018
Drivers judge the quality of a roadway primarily by its ride quality. As a result, the primary motivation behind specifications for initial smoothness (construction acceptance) is generally driver satisfaction, or functional performance.   There is evidence, however, that smoother pavements also...
interstate improvements
News July 05, 2018
Improvements to I-80 were deemed critical in a regional transportation proposal by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).   The agency’s “On to 2050" Transportation Plan also placed the proposed Illiana toll road on the back burner. The updated plan calls for $72.7 billion in...
Michael Sweeney, HNTB
Article July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
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