More from John Latta

John Latta is Editor-in-Chief of Better Roads magazine who has spent the last decade writing about roads, construction equipment, trucks and trucking, bridges, and Washington’s influence on all of the above. He is a former daily newspaperman who has pursued news in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.

The Mayor and the Secretary: Foxx watching

The Mayor and the Secretary: Foxx watching

Posted on Jul 25, 2013

While Anthony Foxx has yet to light up the headlines, he has started work at a tough job with what ...

Beat the heat (and other transportation problems) with some thinking

Beat the heat (and other transportation problems) with...

Posted on Jul 24, 2013

Just what can extreme heat do to our transportation infrastructure? Quite a lot. What the current heat wave hovering over large ...

Texas county tries “mechanical concrete”

Texas county tries “mechanical concrete”

Posted on Jul 23, 2013

A major Texas county is trying out a road bed system that uses old tires. Thousands of them, not chewed ...

The Park-O-Meter turns 78

The Park-O-Meter turns 78

Posted on Jul 19, 2013

On July 16, 1935, in Oklahoma City, parking changed forever. There, on the sidewalk, the parking motorist found a new contraption. ...

Can your bridges withstand a hit by a heavy semi?

Can your bridges withstand a hit by a heavy semi?

Posted on Jul 18, 2013

A disturbingly large number of America’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete (see Better Roads’ November bridge inventory). But ...

Out of my way, lower-class person!!! Why rich drivers cut us off.

Out of my way, lower-class person!!! Why rich drivers...

Posted on Jul 17, 2013

Surely you aren’t surprised when the driver of the luxury sedan cuts you off and pretends to never have seen ...

New tolls on old interstates? Almost unthinkable.

New tolls on old interstates? Almost unthinkable.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013

The issue of tolling existing interstates isn’t going away. It’s not popular and it’s down in the “slim and none” ...

VMT is here!

VMT is here!

Posted on Jul 15, 2013

So, let’s see if this VMT thing works. Oregon is replacing the state's gas tax with a "pay per-mile road usage ...

Highway expansion and local traffic: oil and water?

Highway expansion and local traffic: oil and water?

Posted on Jul 12, 2013

The highway, that venerable American institution--that core value, that industry and community building institution--is under assault again. Better Institutions, a blog ...

FHWA pushes dynamic management of transportation networks

FHWA pushes dynamic management of transportation...

Posted on Jul 11, 2013

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is trying to help agencies strapped for transportation infrastructure funding dollars. One way FHWA says ...

Is Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere” going somewhere?

Is Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere” going somewhere?

Posted on Jul 10, 2013

Maybe someone is getting ready to take the "dead end" sign off America’s most infamous non-bridge. According to the Associated Press, ...

Coming up: Major bridge detours

Coming up: Major bridge detours

Posted on Jul 09, 2013

Most people who are aware of the inadequate funding available for America’s highways and bridges probably figure that deteriorating road ...

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