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Alkali-resistant glass fibers used in slurry surfacing mixes on display at APWA Congress

Posted by Chris Hill on September 02, 2015

Slurry-FIL fibers on top of a hardened asphalt mix for illustration

Owens Corning’s Slurry-FIL alkali-resistant glass fibers are being used in road slurry surfacing mixes to act as a fine aggregate with the effect of creating a more flexible and crack-resistant surface. Owens ...

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Best booth displays and new products honored at APWA Congress

Posted by Chris Hill on September 02, 2015

Best booth displays and new products honored at APWA Congress

The American Public Works Association (APWA) honored three categories and an overall winner in booth displays during the 2015 International Public Works Congress (IPWC) and Exposition. Winning in both the Single ...

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APWA rebrands its annual conference and expo as PWX

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on September 02, 2015

APWA rebrands its annual conference and expo as PWX

The American Public Works Association's annual conference will be back next year, but with a new name. The APWA announced at the conference on Tuesday that it was rebranding what was previously ...

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Rhode Island inspections reveal 28 bridges in critical condition

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on September 02, 2015

Rhode Island inspections reveal 28 bridges in critical condition

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation found 230 structurally deficient bridges in it's inspections—28 of which were said to have "critical findings." According to NBC 10, RIDOT began inspecting the state's ...

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Tech panel paints portrait of a safer connected vehicle and infrastructure future at APWA Congress

Posted by Chris Hill on September 01, 2015

Tech panel paints portrait of a safer connected vehicle and infrastructure future at APWA Congress

Panelists speaking on public works technology during the American Public Works Congress gave a nearly utopian vision of the future of transportation systems, extolling the potential of a future where ...

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PennDOT to halt all major roadwork for Pope’s visit

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on September 01, 2015

PennDOT to halt all major roadwork for Pope’s visit

Pope Francis is heading to Philadelphia this month, and the state is shutting down all of its major projects during the papal visit. According to the Associated Press, major road projects in the ...

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APWA honors 23 Public Works Projects of the Year during congress and expo

Posted by Chris Hill on September 01, 2015

Houghton Road, Irvington Road to Valencia Road, Tucson, Arizona - Transportation project winner

The American Public Works Association recognized 23 projects as part of its 2015 Public Works Projects of the Year Award during the groups International Public Works Congress and Exposition in ...

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How in-motion, pre-scan weigh station technology could affect specialized and heavy equipment haulers

Posted by Equipment World Staff on August 31, 2015

How in-motion, pre-scan weigh station technology could affect specialized and heavy equipment haulers

We all are aware of the “red light cameras” that have been around for some time. The technology works through a sensor embedded in the roadway with companion systems tracking ...

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APWA opens International Public Works Congress and Expo with new board, ‘Lone Survivor’ Marcus Luttrell

Posted by Chris Hill on August 31, 2015

APWA opens International Public Works Congress and Expo with new board, ‘Lone Survivor’ Marcus Luttrell

The American Public Works Association (APWA) opened its annual International Public Works Congress (IPWC) and Exposition in Phoenix announcing a new board of directors for 2015-2016, and by pumping up ...

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Iowa DOT workers begin testing digital driver’s license app

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 31, 2015

Iowa DOT workers begin testing digital driver’s license app

Upwards of 100 workers from the Iowa Department of Transportation have become among the first in the nation to test out digital driver's licenses. KCRG reported the workers will get a trial of ...

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Louisiana DOTD discuss rebuilding parish roads, employee contributions in Katrina recovery

Posted by Chris Hill on August 31, 2015

Magazine Street after post-Katrina improvements

The final two Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD) videos commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina highlight the road rebuilding efforts in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, and the ...

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PennDOT launches online map that details road and bridge work

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 31, 2015

PennDOT launches online map that details road and bridge work

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has a new online map for drivers in the state to get up-to-date information about road and bridge projects across the state. PennDOT revealed the new ...

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Snooper truck overturns on I-84 on-ramp, crushes bridge inspector in Connecticut

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 28, 2015

Snooper truck overturns on I-84 on-ramp, crushes bridge inspector in Connecticut

A bridge inspector for the Connecticut Department of Transportation died Wednesday after his snooper truck tipped over on an interstate on-ramp and crushed him. According to NBC Connecticut, William Shook was ...

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Louisiana DOTD develops debris management process in Katrina aftermath (VIDEO)

Posted by Chris Hill on August 28, 2015

Debris in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina

Removing and dealing with the sheer volume of debris was a major challenge for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD) following the storm surge, winds and flooding from ...

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Report estimates nearly 400,000 highway construction and maintenance job openings to be created between 2012 and 2022

Posted by Chris Hill on August 28, 2015

Report estimates nearly 400,000 highway construction and maintenance job openings to be created between 2012 and 2022

A joint transportation jobs report released by the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Labor and Education estimates 388,904 highway construction and maintenance job openings will be created between 2012 and 2022, ...

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One killed, one injured after wall collapses during road-widening project in Arizona

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 28, 2015

One killed, one injured after wall collapses during road-widening project in Arizona

One worker was killed and another was critically injured August 21 in Arizona when a wall collapsed atop them during the demolition of a building for a Tucson road-widening project. The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that ...

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Stronger Big Bertha cutter head lowered back into its pit for tunneling

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 27, 2015

Stronger Big Bertha cutter head lowered back into its pit for tunneling

Big Bertha's massive cutter head is back underground after months of repairs were made to get the world's largest tunnel-boring machine back to work. According to the Seattle Times, Big Bertha's ...

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Florida DOT to test autonomous truck mounted attenuators in work zones later this year

Posted by Chris Hill on August 27, 2015

Florida DOT to test autonomous truck mounted attenuators in work zones later this year

Autonomous vehicles are nothing new by now, but what two companies have teamed up to develop in this new-technology space is: a vehicle that combines driverless capability with a truck ...

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Final section of 300-foot-tall Trinity River bridge arch put into place in Dallas (VIDEO)

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 27, 2015

Final section of 300-foot-tall Trinity River bridge arch put into place in Dallas (VIDEO)

The first of two arches over the new Trinity River bridge in Dallas was completed on Saturday as crews lifted into place the final section to connect the two sides ...

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VIDEO: Louisiana DOTD details I-10 Twin Span Bridge repair in aftermath of Katrina

Posted by Chris Hill on August 27, 2015

Initial repairs to the I-10 Twin Span Bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In its second video commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development feature the rebuilding of the Interstate 10 Twin Span Bridge connecting New ...

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Ten years after Katrina: Biloxi Bay, Bay St. Louis Bridges keep community strong

Posted by Chris Hill on August 26, 2015

Bay St. Louis Bridge reopening ribbon cutting ceremony in May 2007.

Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina damaged beyond repair the Biloxi Bay and Bay St. Louis Bridges, destruction that cut off many communities in the Biloxi area from each other. The Mississippi ...

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Ten state DOT projects named America’s Transportation Awards finalists

Posted by Chris Hill on August 26, 2015

The MacArthur Causeway, part of the Florida Department of Transportations Port of Miami Tunnel project.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), along with AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have selected the top 10 project finalists from this year’s regional ...

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Cement quarry featured prominently in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ could become a permanent attraction

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 26, 2015

Cement quarry featured prominently in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ could become a permanent attraction

The Magheramorne Quarry might just be an old Lafarge Tarmac cement quarry with a nice view of the Irish Sea in the real world. But in HBO's massively popular "Game of Thrones" ...

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Transportation Construction Coalition launches ads targeting House members about highway bill

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 26, 2015

Transportation Construction Coalition launches ads targeting House members about highway bill

Just as the House of Representatives gets ready to get back to work after the August recess, quite a few congressmen are likely to have a few more phone calls urging action ...

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Construction worker pulls man from burning vehicle after Illinois work zone crash

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 25, 2015

Construction worker pulls man from burning vehicle after Illinois work zone crash

An Illinois Tollway construction worker is being touted as a hero after pulling a man from a burning vehicle on Friday. According to the Elgin Courier-News, a box truck on Interstate 90 slammed ...

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Louisiana DOTD launches Katrina video series documenting improvements made since the storm

Posted by Chris Hill on August 25, 2015

Cars lined up during the Katrina evacuation in 2005.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is releasing a video series that features employees involved in the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which decimated portions New ...

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FHWA provides $7.1 million in grants for innovative traffic safety improvements

Posted by Chris Hill on August 25, 2015

FHWA provides $7.1 million in grants for innovative traffic safety improvements

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is providing $7.1 million in grants to seven states and the National Park Service by way of the agency’s Accelerated Innovation ...

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Montana DOT supervisor killed in equipment accident inside work zone

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 25, 2015

Montana DOT supervisor killed in equipment accident inside work zone

A Montana Department of Transportation worker was killed while doing shoulder work on a highway in Missoula County. According to NBC Montana, section supervisor Jason Rolls was working with two other ...

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New Hampshire governor nominates MassDOT veteran Sheehan for NHDOT commissioner post

Posted by Chris Hill on August 24, 2015

New Hampshire governor nominates MassDOT veteran Sheehan for NHDOT commissioner post

Gov. Maggie Hassan has announced she will nominate Victoria Sheehan, currently with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), as the new commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT). Sheehan would ...

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Washington town to reduce streetlight energy use with conversion to LEDs

Posted by Chris Hill on August 24, 2015

Nighttime view of a section of Bombing Range Road, West Richland, Washington, with new LED luminaires

West Richland, Washington, recently converted 1,097 of the city’s streetlights to Autobahn LED luminaires from Acuity Brands in an effort to cut back on lighting energy use as well as long-term ...

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US traffic fatalities up 14% in first 6 months of 2015

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 24, 2015

US traffic fatalities up 14% in first 6 months of 2015

New data from the National Safety Council reveals that the number of motor vehicles deaths in America are up 14 percent through the first six months of 2015. That's a jump ...

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In AGC video to Congress, contractors plead for a highway bill (VIDEO)

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 24, 2015

In AGC video to Congress, contractors plead for a highway bill (VIDEO)

Contractors across America are fed up with the lack of progress from Congress on a long-term highway bill and many joined together for a video to urge action. The Associated General Contractors ...

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Idaho joins Washington and Colorado DOTs in replacing Mile 420 markers

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 21, 2015

Idaho joins Washington and Colorado DOTs in replacing Mile 420 markers

Milepost 420 isn't exactly a common sign in America. Most states don't even have roads that reach 420 miles in length, but for those that do, the signs have become ...

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Louisiana Transportation Research Center develops pavement smoothness best practices focused on IRI

Posted by Chris Hill on August 21, 2015

Louisiana Transportation Research Center develops pavement smoothness best practices focused on IRI

The Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC) teamed up with The Transtec Group to develop a best practices document for achieving optimal pavement smoothness that uses the International Roughness Index (IRI) as a ...

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Georgia on track for 1,200 traffic fatalities, GDOT starts new campaign to crack down (VIDEO)

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 21, 2015

Georgia on track for 1,200 traffic fatalities, GDOT starts new campaign to crack down (VIDEO)

It's been a deadly year for Georgia roads and the state is on pace for around 1,200 fatalities on roads across the state. According to the Atlanta Daily World, the Georgia ...

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Delaware’s U.S. 301 Mainline toll road to get $211.35 million TIFIA loan

Posted by Chris Hill on August 21, 2015

Screenshot from U.S. 301 Mainline toll road simulation

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will provide a maximum loan of $211.35 million for construction of the U.S. 301 Mainline toll road project that begins at the Maryland and ...

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