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
Last May, the I-15 Team held an online chat session on the team’s web site, featuring Utah DOT (UDOT) officials David Downs, project director, and Tom Warne, executive director. When asked if there were any surprises during the first half of the project, Downs replied that there had not been any...
Article December 28, 2000
Wisconsin winters are notorious for the damage they can cause to roads. An example of winter's influence was seen on Highway E, a winding, two-lane asphalt road that serves commuters between Little Chute and Oneida. Once called the worst stretch of road in Outagamie County, it was plagued by...
Article December 28, 2000
As part of the Federal Highway Administration's High Performance Concrete Pavement (HPCP) program, KDOT and Wittwer developed the innovative, practical testing ground for new, rigid pavement technologies, designs, and methods. From mid-September through October1997, the project team...
Article December 28, 2000
Partial depth cold in-place recycling (CIR) has been performed throughout North America for many yearsPartial depth cold in-place recycling (CIR) has been performed throughout North America for many years. The process is used to eliminate surface irregularities, especially cracking. Besides...
Article December 28, 2000
The largest highway project ever awarded to a private consortium in Canada is now under construction near Toronto. A joint venture among four Canadian construction companies called Canadian Highways International Corp. is organizing the construction of Highway 407 in conjunction with the province...
Article December 28, 2000
Concrete is an excellent building material. Man has been using concrete to build all types of structures for many centuries. It has proven to be very durable and very strong in compression. With the invention of reinforced concrete in the mid 1800s, concrete also was found to provide a degree of...
Article December 28, 2000
"Out with the old, in with the new." Often that’s the approach when upgrading technology. But a total system replacement is an expensive proposition – especially when some elements still may be working well. The city of Rome, Georgia, faced this dilemma when they needed to upgrade an existing...
Article December 28, 2000
Elevated and ground-level water storage tanks are an integral part of most water distribution systems. Not only do these vessels ensure adequate hydrostatic pressure and an abundant supply of clean drinking water, but they have also become landmarks for many communities. However, if not properly...
Article December 28, 2000
Trying to keep up with American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) President/CEO Valentin J. Riva can be a daunting task. Riva balances his time interacting with members, working with ACPA chapter/states, representing the industry’s interests on Capitol Hill, and along with his staff, ushering in...
Article December 28, 2000
The Iowa Great Lakes area is located in northwest Iowa and is one of the most desirable summer recreation areas in the Midwest. The three major lakes in the region are West Okoboji, East Okoboji and Big Spirit. The impact of the recreation population can be recognized when one compares a permanent...
Article December 28, 2000
Over 30 years have passed since environmental concerns by U.S. citizens resulted in regulations to require the treatment of our municipal sewage and industrial wastes directly discharged into our waterways. Upon implementation of these regulations, such as those under the Clean Water Act of 1972,...
Article December 28, 2000
Eight years old and full of wonderment, Ron Guntert Jr. crawled on top of a bulky slipform concrete paver for the first time on a project just outside of Gallup, N.M. For six hours on top of the machine, Guntert developed an appreciation for the ballet, then quickly found himself pondering the...
Article December 28, 2000
This is the '90s, and ways of doing business have changed with the times, even for those in the asphalt-paving industry. While most paving projects are "kicked off" with the milling of existing pavement or surveying for a new road, the I&shyp;26 and Piney Grove Road Project in South Carolina...
Article December 28, 2000
A few years ago, we complained about the premature cracking or rutting of our asphalt roadways. Those endless miles of bleached asphaltic-concrete interstates, with the furrows called ruts that never seemed to match the width of your wheel base. The longitudinal channels that swayed your car left...
Article December 28, 2000
Road construction work-zone safety is a topic that doesn’t seem to appear in the headlines of daily newspapers nor does it receive a lot of attention from nightly news shows. That may soon change. In conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway...
Article December 28, 2000
No one likes busy-bodies butting into their business. It is especially annoying when the meddler lacks the knowledge that comes with years of experience. Perhaps the largest and most extensive busy-body in America is the federal government. At times there seems to be a regulation covering every...
Article December 28, 2000
The Superpave system is increasingly seen around the country as the mix design system that will take roads into the 21st century. But to the engineering students at the nation’s universities who will be designing and maintaining those future roads, it has remained largely an unknown. Indiana is...
Article December 28, 2000
Show organizers expect a record-breaking turnout for INTERMAT 2000, the International Exhibition of Equipment & Techniques for Show organizers expect a record-breaking turnout for INTERMAT 2000, the International Exhibition of Equipment & Techniques for the Civil Engineering and...
Article December 28, 2000
Editor's note: This is the second installment of a two-part series on asphalt compaction. In the August issue, Scherocman, a consulting engineer in pavement design and construction located in Cincinnati, discussed the importance of compaction and the relationship between density and the air-void...
Article December 28, 2000
The nature and level of responsibility of individuals involved in the production and placement of hot-mix asphalt (HMA) is changing with the implementation of quality control/quality assurance (QC/QA).Agencies are no longer prescribing mix components and placement procedures, and are relying more...
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