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Arizona DOT requesting $109.5 million in USDOT grants to help with major interstate projects

Arizona DOT requesting $109.5 million in USDOT grants to help with major interstate projects

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has applied for two U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) grants to expedite work on Interstate 15 between Phoenix and ...

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USDOT launches Every Place Counts Design Challenge

USDOT launches Every Place Counts Design Challenge

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched its Every Place Counts Design Challenge in an effort to “raise awareness” about barriers to transportation infrastructure and ...

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Iowa DOT budget finalized at $4.85 below request; may impact staffing

Iowa DOT budget finalized at $4.85 below request; may impact staffing

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s budget was finalized by state legislators, providing only half ($4.85 million) of an extra $9.7 million the agency requested. The ...

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Heavy rain washes out roads in Miller County, Arkansas

Heavy rain washes out roads in Miller County, Arkansas

Six rural roads in the southeastern end of Miller County, Arkansas, were closed down Friday night and Saturday, April 29-30, as the county worked to mend ...

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Equipment

2017 Ford F-150 will boast huge 450 lbf. torque, fast performance with new 3.5L V6, 10-speed transmission

2017 Ford F-150 will boast huge 450 lbf. torque, fast performance with new 3.5L V6, 10-speed transmission

Ford revealed details Tuesday on both its second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and a new 10-speed transmission slated for release with the 2017 F-150. The updated powerplant sheds some ...

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Equipment

Hyundai’s new compact-radius HX145LCR boasts fuel savings, high-end cab

Hyundai’s new compact-radius HX145LCR boasts fuel savings, high-end cab

Rounding out the company's machine introductions at the Bauma show in Munich last month was the compact-radius HX145LCR. The excavator is Hyundai's newest addition to ...

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Business

Why this Colorado excavation contractor refuses to call his staff “employees”

Why this Colorado excavation contractor refuses to call his staff “employees”

Although it’s often said that you can’t please everyone all the time, Bradley Grubaugh says he’s sure going to try. With 35 years of construction ...

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ARTBA seeks clarification on movable safety barrier purchases; provides fall protection fact sheets

ARTBA seeks clarification on movable safety barrier purchases; provides fall protection fact sheets

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is seeking clarification from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding state DOTs being allowed to use federal-aid ...

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FHWA’s $357 million TIFIA loan to add 4 toll lanes to SH 288 in Houston

FHWA’s $357 million TIFIA loan to add 4 toll lanes to SH 288 in Houston

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is providing a $357 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to Blueridge Transportation Group to add four ...

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Rhode Island DOT releases first quarterly report for RhodeWorks

Rhode Island DOT releases first quarterly report for RhodeWorks

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has released the first quarterly report for the agency’s RhodeWorks program, which includes strict project oversight, reporting requirements ...

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Work trucks get a tech tune-up thanks to smarter transmissions, telematics

Work trucks get a tech tune-up thanks to smarter transmissions, telematics

Technology isn’t just electrons and algorithms. It’s metallurgy and frame rails and a host of other details. Truck manufacturers use these tools to develop, produce and ...

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2015 Better Roads Bridge Inventory: Ohio the bridge poster child; D.C. still has most SD/FO spans

2015 Better Roads Bridge Inventory: Ohio the bridge poster child; D.C. still has most SD/FO spans

No surprise: the top challenge facing state DOTs in improving structurally deficient (SD) and functionally obsolete (FO) bridges is funding, according to our 2015 Better ...

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Business

Wisconsin contractor is a role model for the industry and his community

Wisconsin contractor is a role model for the industry and his community

Although different contractors can have vastly different motivators, the successful ones all share a similar internal drive – one that spurs them on to not ...

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Equipment

Get a Grip: The latest and greatest tires for heavy equipment (and 1 model for your pickup)

Get a Grip: The latest and greatest tires for heavy equipment (and 1 model for your pickup)

In the heavy construction and trucking industry tires have too often been viewed by contractors and fleet managers as a commodity, an afterthought, the cost ...

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