June 28, 2018
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A new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group identifies nine wasteful highway expansion projects across the country, slated collectively to cost at least $30 billion.
The report details how most highway expansions fail to solve congestion, saddle states with crippling debt, and...
June 26, 2018
On April 7, a significant landslide resulted in the closure of Pennsylvania S.R. 30 in Allegheny County. The route is a principal artery to Pittsburgh and supports more than 22,000 vehicles per day. The slide demolished one apartment building, severely damaged another, and impacted a single-family...
June 21, 2018
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A road improvement project along 17 miles of S.R. 88 east of Phoenix is expected to be completed by the end of summer, according to Arizona state officials.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) said that the $6.5 million project focuses on roads beginning 3 miles east of Apache...
June 20, 2018
The city of Toledo, Ohio, announced Tuesday it would contribute up to $1 million toward the I-475/U.S. 23 interchange at Dorr Street.
City officials said this project serves as a corridor to new commerce and transportation. The money will come from Toledo's capital improvement fund. Workers would...
June 15, 2018
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials are looking to reopen a stretch of SH 1 in the Big Sur coastal region this summer that was blocked last year by a massive landslide.
The road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco was projected to open in mid-September but Caltrans...
June 11, 2018
The Interstate 90 Bridge over the Mississippi River between La Crosse, Wis., and La Crescent, Minn., is a heavily used commuter route and part of the longest interstate highway—I-90—in the country, spanning from coast to coast and providing important commercial and defense infrastructure for the...
June 05, 2018
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is looking into ways it could shave two or more years off the I-440 reconstruction at Nashville if it closes road segments rather than following traditional construction methods.
TDOT says it plans to explore an option in which only one segment of...
June 05, 2018
I-74 Mississippi River Bridge, Bettendorf/Davenport, Iowa, and Moline, Ill.: This $1.2 billion project has now begun, and the project timeline looks to make major progress before the weather turns icy at year’s end. Within the river, all 279 drilled shafts will be completed and the westbound bridge...
June 04, 2018
The time has come to submit your entries for Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Roads awards for 2018. The deadline to enter a project for consideration is June 22.
All entered projects must be in the design, construction or completion phase over the last 18 months, and past winners are ineligible. For...
May 31, 2018
Home to Birmingham, and more than 660,000 residents, Jefferson County is Alabama’s most populous county. The sewer network the county maintains includes 3,600 miles of pipe and 80,000 manholes. That last figure represents a sizable amount of annual maintenance; though manholes themselves are...
May 30, 2018
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a plan for Illinois to invest $11.05 billion in the state’s roads and bridges over the next six years, including $2.2 billion of state and federal funding in the upcoming fiscal year.
The Illinois Department of Transportation Multi-Year Proposed Highway Improvement...
May 29, 2018
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KSDOT) is beginning a pilot project to determine how drones could be used in future road design work, employing UAV technology in conjunction with a road project for the first time last week.
KSDOT has contracted the Kirkham Michael engineering firm to...
May 23, 2018
Workers use IC and IR to improve paving operations on Rte. 36 in Macon County, Mo.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) executed a year-long project throughout 2017 to demonstrate the use of intelligent compaction (IC), infrared scanning (IR) and Veta software to improve pavement construction operations.
“We were looking for ways to assess quality in asphalt...
May 22, 2018
Integrated Roadways, a Kansas City technology start-up, is developing “smart pavement” technology that would not only help increase roadway safety but also serve as the Wi-Fi platform for cars and other future mobility services.
The road system uses high-resolution fiber optic sensors and other...
May 21, 2018
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The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) expansion project will officially be widening the tunnel to four lanes instead of three.
HRBT project officials recently explained that the cost difference would be negligible and that the four-lane version would actually be easier to build. The idea was...
May 21, 2018
The California Transportation Commission approved $2.7 billion for 64 projects across the state, with more than $660 million bound for the Bay Area.
About 25% will come from the new state gas tax, if it is not repealed in November, and other fees approved last year. The gas tax and other new fees...
May 17, 2018
Salt Lake City is seeking the community's feedback on two "pop-up" intersection designs ahead of road construction work planned for next year.
From May 16-23, the city is testing out a temporary intersection design at 900 South and 1100 East, which will be part of a reconstruction project in 2019...
May 16, 2018
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Colorado transportation leaders and local elected officials came together Tuesday to discuss plans to improve a congested stretch of I-70.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) held a press conference below the bridge at the I-70 and U.S. 6 interchange. According to officials, the...
May 10, 2018
The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) announced a new five-year plan Wednesday for highway construction projects that will come with a $3.4 billion price tag.
More than $1 billion will be invested in repairing state-owned bridges that are structurally deficient, many of which will...
May 09, 2018
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for New York state to spend another $125 billion on infrastructure improvement projects over the next five years.
The Democratic governor announced Tuesday the proposal would be the next phase in his agenda to rebuild the state of New York and create thousands of...