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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.

Article December 28, 2000
When I was three, my parents moved from Michigan to a suburb of Chicago, and one of my first memories of our new home was when When I was three, my parents moved from Michigan to a suburb of Chicago, and one of my first memories of our new home was when workers came to pave the driveway. Peaking my...
Article December 28, 2000
In 1961, only 7% of all vehicle travel in the U.S. was on interstate highways; by 1989, that figure had more than tripled. Accompanying this rise in limited-access road usage was a steady increase in highway injuries and fatalities. While legislation such as the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle...
Article December 28, 2000
The National Quality Initiative Survey of drivers across the country found that ride quality is one of the primary criteria in pavement rehabilitation priorities with the traveling public. The users of America’s roads want a smooth and quiet pavement and hot-mix asphalt (HMA) is the most popular...
Article December 28, 2000
Concrete pavement research and innovation have produced an im-pressive record of technical ad-vancementConcrete pavement research and innovation have produced an im-pressive record of technical ad-vancement. Significant advancements in concrete pavement design and evaluation, material properties...
Article December 28, 2000
Senior management and plant operators can manage improvement targets in cost to produce per ton. Benchmarking is a powerful management tool that enables hot-mix asphalt producers to monitor and compare critical factors that impact the profitability of their operation. It's a mechanism that allows...
Article December 28, 2000
The amended Clean Water Act, reauthorized by Congress in 1987, mandated that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency develop a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for urban stormwater runoff discharges. The initial phase of this program was to be devoted to urban...
Article December 28, 2000
Using the moniker "The Best Show in Public Works" comes pretty easy for the American Public Works Association when describing tUsing the moniker "The Best Show in Public Works" comes pretty easy for the American Public Works Association when describing their 2000 International Public Works Congress...
Article December 28, 2000
On the basis of previous studies, metals and organics contamination of sediments in a stormwater collection/conveyance canal at Miami International Airport had been confirmed. Contamination levels detected in the canal sediments exceeded Dade County and Florida state standards. A Remedial Action...
Article December 28, 2000
The first use of fabrics in reinforcing roads was attempted by the South Carolina Highway Department in 1926. A heavy cotton fabric was placed on a primed earth base, hot asphalt was applied to the fabric, and a thin layer of sand was put on the asphalt. The department published the results of this...
Article December 28, 2000
In1947, the city of Decorah, Iowa, paved its brick-lined Water Street with portland cement concrete (PCC) pavement, which was originally designed to carry traffic along the city's downtown street for approximately 20 years. While the street was still very functional, city leaders made the...
Article December 28, 2000
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new football stadium, Raymond James Stadium, and thanks to hot-in-place recycling (HIP), their fans drive to the stadium on a new asphalt pavement that is as black as a pirate’s eye patch. Worn and tattered like a quarterback unable to allude the grasp of Buccaneers...
Article December 28, 2000
As the U.S. moves toward the construction of "smart" highways as an integral part of our transportation system, state DOTs and localities will be called upon to broaden the horizons of their normal procurement and contracting systems. Undoubtedly, many legal issues will arise as high-tech companies...
Article December 28, 2000
The use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) material in hot-mix asphalt (HMA) recycling is very common. Numerous studies have shown that recycled HMA pavements perform as good as 100% conventional HMA pavements. However, we encounter the following question quite often: What is the efficiency and...
Article December 28, 2000
Pennzoil has developed and patented a unique product that has proven effective in stabilizing erosion problems that sometimes oPennzoil has developed and patented a unique product that has proven effective in stabilizing erosion problems that sometimes occur during road and bridge construction...
Article December 28, 2000
Any facility that treats, stores or disposes of wastes faces environmental exposures. While these seem apparent at landfills or hazardous waste treatment facilities, environmental exposures are less obvious at facilities such as wastewater treatment plants. Nevertheless, wastewater treatment plants...
Article December 28, 2000
Recent reports from the Transportation Research Board indicate that every dollar invested in appropriately timed preventive pavement maintenance saves three to four dollars in future rehabilitation costs. This confirms a long-held belief with the American Concrete Pavement Association, which...
Article December 28, 2000
This isn’t going to lead to a million-something march through the streets of Washington, DThis isn’t going to lead to a million-something march through the streets of Washington, D.C. However, the asphalt paver industry is on a crusade to end segregation.There are two types of segregation:...
Article December 28, 2000
When the Nashville, Tenn., Metropolitan Government needed a cost-effective solution to remove floatables from their the combined sewer overflow (CSO) system, they selected the patented Netting TrashTrap system supplied by Fresh Creek Technologies, Inc. of West Caldwell, N.J. "Floatables are ugly...
Article December 28, 2000
In many areas of the United States, artificial recharge techniques are emerging as effective solutions for maintaining or enhancing the water-bearing capacity of an aquifer. Under natural conditions, aquifers are primarily recharged by the infiltration of precipitation and, to a certain extent,...
Article December 28, 2000
In the early 1990s, the Milford-Trumbauersville Area Sewer Authority in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, recognized the need to upgrade the existing sewage treatment plant. This was necessary to increase capacity and to meet future more stringent requirements set by the Pennsylvania Department of...
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