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.

Article December 28, 2000
The state of California is recognized as being among the leaders in the United States in developing consensus approaches for implementing the federal and state stormwater runoff quality management regulations. This leadership role evolved out of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)...
Article December 28, 2000
The faster you play the drums, the smoother the roll sounds. The faster you work the drums, the smoother the roll feels. It’s the new challenge of the compaction industry: making rollers vibrate fast enough to keep up with the Superpave technology, which, in turn, will produce a surface without...
Article December 28, 2000
So, after years of buying hot mix from the local supplier you've decided to purchase an asphalt plant and start producing it for yourself, and perhaps sell it commercially. Important decisions will have to be made, such as AC plant type, style, size, brand and budget. Once you've made those choices...
Article December 28, 2000
While the actual number of "Superpave miles" in Wisconsin's roadway system is low-approximately 4 to 5 miles-it has made an impression that greatly exceeds its physical presence. Tom Brokaw, asphalt, aggregate and soils engineer at the Wisconsin DOT, says the department has been very happy with...
Article December 28, 2000
When I first began working for highway and bridge contractors, state DOT engineers designed substantially all of the highway anWhen I first began working for highway and bridge contractors, state DOT engineers designed substantially all of the highway and bridge construction projects. In that era...
Article December 28, 2000
The following is an overview of the contractors and projects chosen to receive recognition by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) as finalists in the 1997 Sheldon G. Hayes Award competition for the highest quality asphalt paving project in the U.S. In May, ROADS & BRIDGES will...
Article December 28, 2000
Frank Turner is a man who should need no introduction. However, this self-effacing man-Turner begins most sentences with the pronoun "we," as in "We decided to . . ." when it was really Turner's decision-is virtually unknown outside this industry, yet Americans continually reap the fruits of his...
Article December 28, 2000
People must recognize that drinking water contamination is a serious problem. It is a problem that is constantly being addressed by government officials, public interest groups and the scientific community. Since this is a complex and multifaceted problem, it will take years of research and testing...
Article December 28, 2000
The $1.5 billion design-build I-15 project in Salt Lake City is relying on corrugated and smooth-lined polyethylene pipe, not only to channel water from the roadbed, but also to help the project be completed in time for the 2002 Winter Olympics (see The Reconstruction of I-15, February 1998, p 29...
Article December 28, 2000
Amid the peaceful backdrop of the calm fishing waters of Lake Champlain in upstate New York, the hum of construction equipment could be heard in the small lake-side town of Moriah. As Labor Day fast approached in late August, residents of the town were witness to cutting-edge recycling technology...
Article December 28, 2000
On the forefrontOn the forefrontDexter + Chaney has launched integrated Project Management Software as a component of their Forefront Construction Management Software for heavy/highway contractors. The software provides a complete solution for generating and tracking all documents required to run a...
Article December 28, 2000
Numerous other dangers lurk around a plant, awaiting the unwary. Electrical shock injury is common, as are injuries from falls and accidents resulting from the conflicts between the rolling stock around the plant. Burns from hot asphalt oils also are fairly common, though rarely fatal. Portable...
Article December 28, 2000
Located in an upscale office park in a suburb of Jacksonville, Fla. is an asphalt plant--not exactly the typical neighbor of a button-down, white collar business community. But if you look more closely at the plant you will see a green, yellow and white ecology flag flying on its flag pole just...
Article December 28, 2000
The Superpave system. We hear it mentioned at meetings, we read about it in magazines and newsletters, and we discuss it in the office. Yet what's the bottom line? Where are we right now in the transition to this performance-based asphalt mix design system? This month's column will provide a brief...
Article December 28, 2000
The process of inventorying and prioritizing the City of Columbus, Ohio's stormwater capital improvement projects was a comprehensive undertaking. The process was designed in order to minimize subjective factors and to result in a rational, equitable and consistent method for prioritizing these...
Article December 28, 2000
What are some of the upcoming hot button issues facing our industry? For some reason, our industry does not seem to have a glamorous image. When you ask a kid what he or she wants to be when they grow up, you hear doctor, nurse, fireman or cop. But you seldom hear a kid saying, "I wanna be a road...
Article December 28, 2000
There have always been "Not in My Back Yard" activists. And, with cities spreading relentlessly into the surrounding countryside, there are more back yards all the time. What once was open countryside is becoming prime commercial and residential property. Industrial areas are evolving into suburban...
Article December 28, 2000
Smooth roads are one of life's unsung pleasures. When a car glides across a glass-smooth, like a skater on ice, there is no need to reduce speed to negotiate bumps and dips. Belly rolls do not jiggle nor do teeth rattle as one zips down such a highway. A smooth road can make a drive enjoyable,...
Article December 28, 2000
Frequently, I am asked the difference between "design" specifications and "performance" specificationsFrequently, I am asked the difference between "design" specifications and "performance" specifications. This distinction is important because the owner generally warrants the adequacy of design...
Article December 28, 2000
Built in1950, the Central Artery (I-93), a six-lane elevated road in downtown Boston carries more cars per lane than any other highway in the U.S. Originally designed for 75,000 vehicles, nearly 200,000 drive this overcrowded road each day. That means four to five hours a day of bumper-to-bumper,...
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