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Did Seattle’s SR 99 tunnel really require Big Bertha? Indeco argues breakers are the answer

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on April 23, 2015

Did Seattle’s SR 99 tunnel really require Big Bertha? Indeco argues breakers are the answer

  Tunnel boring machines such as Big Bertha, the 7,000-ton machine sidelined after a massive fail under the streets of Seattle, shouldn’t always be considered the most efficient option for creating ...

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Michigan TAMC releases road condition dashboards with historical data

Posted by Chris Hill on April 23, 2015

Michigan TAMC releases road condition dashboards with historical data

The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) has created a series of online “dashboards” that provide road condition comparisons across the state. The 2014 Pavement and Pavement Comparison Dashboards provide overall views ...

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APA announces 7 state DOTs as winners for 2014 Perpetual Pavement Awards

Posted by Chris Hill on April 23, 2015

APA announces 7 state DOTs as winners for 2014 Perpetual Pavement Awards

The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA), in coordination with the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) have selected seven transportation agencies to receive the 2014 Perpetual Pavement Awards, honoring these departments ...

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Hamm unveils improved Easy Drive operation panel for rollers; will roll out to all models

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 22, 2015

Hamm unveils improved Easy Drive operation panel for rollers; will roll out to all models

At Intermat, Hamm has introduced a new operator's interface for its rollers which greatly improves over the current instrumentation while establishing a consistent panel the company will use across the ...

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TRIP report ties Michigan economic health to road and bridge conditions

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 22, 2015

TRIP report ties Michigan economic health to road and bridge conditions

The Road Improvement Program’s latest report examining the conditions of Michigan’s transportation system identifies issues with “long-term economic growth” if roads and bridges within the state are not improved within ...

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Web tool analyzes impact of long-term pavement treatments across states, highways

Posted by Chris Hill on April 22, 2015

Web tool analyzes impact of long-term pavement treatments across states, highways

Web-based IRI Explorer (www.iriexplorer.com) uses data from the Federal Highway Administration’s Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) database to study the long-term impact of various pavement treatments on road smoothness. Life Cycle ...

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PHOTOS: Is Chevrolet’s wild self-driving FNR electric concept car a glimpse of autonomous highways of the future?

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 21, 2015

PHOTOS: Is Chevrolet’s wild self-driving FNR electric concept car a glimpse of autonomous highways of the future?

At the Shanghai auto show this week, Chevrolet has unveiled a driverless car that should excite anyone who ever loved Hot Wheels as a kid. This electric, self-driving car concept looks straight ...

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Troopers go undercover from construction vehicles in speeding crackdown on Pennsylvania work zones

Posted by Chris Hill on April 21, 2015

Troopers go undercover from construction vehicles in speeding crackdown on Pennsylvania work zones

Troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police will take an embedded approach in protecting construction workers in highway work zones this summer. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s (PTC) campaign “Operation ...

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Iowa DOT planning $700 million in state, interstate highway projects for 2015

Posted by Chris Hill on April 21, 2015

Iowa DOT planning $700 million in state, interstate highway projects for 2015

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) is planning $700 million in state and interstate highway projects this year, representing a record amount spent by the department, which is made possible ...

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Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing gets $162 million TIFIA Loan

Posted by Chris Hill on April 21, 2015

Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing gets $162 million TIFIA Loan

The East End Crossing section of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project has received a $162 million loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation to assist with the protected ...

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Hamm debuts H 5i, H 7i compact rollers with improved climbing capacity at Intermat (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 20, 2015

Hamm debuts H 5i, H 7i compact rollers with improved climbing capacity at Intermat (PHOTOS)

Hamm on Monday expanded its lineup of compact rollers with the introduction of the H5i and H7i at the Intermat show in Paris. Powered by a 73-horsepower, Tier 4 Final Kubota engine, ...

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Bipartisan highway bill would tie federal gas tax to inflation, create transportation commission

Posted by Chris Hill on April 20, 2015

Bipartisan highway bill would tie federal gas tax to inflation, create transportation commission

A bipartisan group of representatives have introduced a long-term bill for funding infrastructure that would tie the gas tax to inflation and create a bipartisan, bicameral Transportation Commission to provide ...

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Paul, Boxer intro bill calling for 6.5% tax on repatriated foreign earnings to fund highway spending

Posted by Chris Hill on April 20, 2015

Paul, Boxer intro bill calling for 6.5% tax on repatriated foreign earnings to fund highway spending

As we near the May 31 funding deadline for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), an expected flurry of proposed legislation to extend funding is popping up, with the latest being ...

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ARTBA Highway Trust Fund campaign urges social media, phone calls, and email efforts to reach Congress

Posted by Chris Hill on April 20, 2015

ARTBA Highway Trust Fund campaign urges social media, phone calls, and email efforts to reach Congress

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has launched a digital media campaign designed to “amplify the voices of the transportation design and construction industry” via social media, phone ...

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Virginia DOT cuts loose US 460 Mobility Partners from $300 million project (VIDEO)

Posted by Chris Hill on April 17, 2015

Virginia DOT cuts loose US 460 Mobility Partners from $300 million project (VIDEO)

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has end its agreement with US 460 Mobility Partners LLC over the lack of work done on U.S. 460, a 55-mile highway project that ...

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Mi Drive app helps Michigan motorists navigate around construction zones

Posted by Chris Hill on April 17, 2015

Mi Drive app helps Michigan motorists navigate around construction zones

The Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) free Mi Drive app, which has reached more than 40,000 downloads since its launch in November 2014, helps motorists find alternate routes around construction ...

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GSSI launches ground penetrating radar for road inspection, analysis

Posted by Chris Hill on April 17, 2015

GSSI launches ground penetrating radar for road inspection, analysis

Geophysical Survey Systems Inc.’s (GSSI) new RoadScan 30 ground penetrating radar (GPR) system can inspect and analyze roads at highway speeds and can be mounted to the front of a truck. GSSI ...

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Technology is changing transportation at high speed. How DOTs can adapt now

Posted by Equipment World Staff on April 16, 2015

Technology is changing transportation at high speed. How DOTs can adapt now

As the world changes with the rapid advancement of connected devices and technologies, so must the transportation industry. In a business area where change is sluggish, departments of transportation across ...

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PHOTOS: Snow Conference full of equipment, road treatment options

Posted by Chris Hill on April 16, 2015

PHOTOS: Snow Conference full of equipment, road treatment options

The 2015 American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference brought in more than 1,500 attendees and nearly 200 exhibitors April 12-15 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On display were a ...

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Four-ton pipe rolls from wheel loader, crushes worker in California work zone

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 16, 2015

Four-ton pipe rolls from wheel loader, crushes worker in California work zone

While working a highway job near San Francisco Wednesday, a construction worker was crushed and killed by a large pipe. According to a report from the Press Democrat, 28-year-old Jared Overfield was ...

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Report highlights top 100 Texas highway improvements needed

Posted by Chris Hill on April 16, 2015

Report highlights top 100 Texas highway improvements needed

In a new report, The Road Improvement Program (TRIP) has identified the top 100 highway improvements needed in Texas for continual economic growth and improvement of quality of life for residents. The ...

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Barrier rolls from overpass during construction, kills young couple, infant son in Washington

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 15, 2015

Barrier rolls from overpass during construction, kills young couple, infant son in Washington

A construction project to install a sidewalk along an overpass in Washington turned tragic Monday morning when a piece of the span fell atop a pickup traveling beneath. According to a ...

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Nordik’s new MOVE blades follow road contours for cleaner snow plowing

Posted by Chris Hill on April 15, 2015

Nordik’s new MOVE blades follow road contours for cleaner snow plowing

Nordik Blades' new MOVE blades are designed to move with the shape of the road when plowing, thereby cutting down on multiple plowing passes because of missed snow and ice. On display this ...

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SaltDogg Anti-Ice System features GPS, proportional ground speed controller

Posted by Chris Hill on April 15, 2015

SaltDogg Anti-Ice System features GPS, proportional ground speed controller

Buyers Products introduced its new SaltDogg Anti-Ice System this week at the American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The system is GPS-enabled and offers a ...

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Ventrac demos new sidewalk salt drop spreader at APWA Snow Show

Posted by Chris Hill on April 15, 2015

Ventrac demos new sidewalk salt drop spreader at APWA Snow Show

Ventrac’s new SA250 Drop Spreader has a wireless controller to provide control of salt and other de-icing material drop-rate and easy flow adjustments, features that have been optimized for the precision ...

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Water main damaged by Big Bertha repair excavation could cost WSDOT $4 million

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 14, 2015

Water main damaged by Big Bertha repair excavation could cost WSDOT $4 million

Four months after crews temporarily stopped excavation on a repair pit for the world's largest tunnel-boring machine due to ground sinkage, Seattle officials have now identified a major repair needed on a ...

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Ohio DOT to begin construction on $430 million Portsmouth Bypass this summer

Posted by Chris Hill on April 14, 2015

Ohio DOT to begin construction on $430 million Portsmouth Bypass this summer

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin work on its largest project to date—a roughly $430 million 16-mile bypass around Portsmouth—this summer with assistance from a potential $209.3 million ...

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New Improve Detroit app allows residents to quickly file detailed infrastructure issue reports

Posted by Chris Hill on April 14, 2015

New Improve Detroit app allows residents to quickly file detailed infrastructure issue reports

The city of Detroit is turning its citizens into infrastructure watchdogs with the new Improve Detroit app. The app, available for both Android and iOS, can be used to report issues such ...

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Rivertop says it can cut down on billions in road salt equipment corrosion costs, launches ROI calculator to prove it

Posted by Chris Hill on April 14, 2015

Rivertop says it can cut down on billions in road salt equipment corrosion costs, launches ROI calculator to prove it

Rivertop Renewables has launched its Corrosion Reduction Calculator at the American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The calculator helps determine the return on investment (ROI) of ...

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Pittsburgh plots 2015 paving projects on interactive map for public

Posted by Chris Hill on April 13, 2015

Pittsburgh plots 2015 paving projects on interactive map for public

The Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has launched an interactive website and map that shows all the city’s current and forecast paving projects for the entire 2015 paving season, which will ...

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Worker killed in work zone backover accident in Pennsylvania

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 13, 2015

Worker killed in work zone backover accident in Pennsylvania

A construction worker installing guardrail along a Pennsylvania highway was killed last week when a vehicle or piece of equipment backed over him. According to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 43-year-old ...

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U.S. 41 in eastern Wisconsin becomes Interstate 41

Posted by Chris Hill on April 13, 2015

U.S. 41 in eastern Wisconsin becomes Interstate 41

A portion of U.S. Highway 41 that runs from just south of the Wisconsin/Illinois border to Green Bay has officially been designated Interstate 41. Roughly 3,000 I-41 signs will be added ...

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Pennsylvania tops national gas tax rankings

Posted by Chris Hill on April 13, 2015

Pennsylvania tops national gas tax rankings

Pennsylvania has the highest total state taxes for gasoline in the U.S. according to the latest quarterly State Gasoline Tax Report from the American Petroleum Institute (API). Pennsylvania’s gas tax is ...

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Missouri DOT to pay fine, implement statewide compliance program to settle stormwater violations

Posted by Chris Hill on April 10, 2015

Missouri DOT to pay fine, implement statewide compliance program to settle stormwater violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will pay a $750,000 fine and enact a compliance program as part of a consent decree to ...

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Potholes plague Oklahoma highways, patching material use up drastically

Posted by Chris Hill on April 10, 2015

Potholes plague Oklahoma highways, patching material use up drastically

Like many states across the country, Oklahoma’s highways were covered with potholes as a result of heavy rain and snow coupled with freezes and thaws throughout the winter and into ...

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Pennsylvania DOT accepting unsolicited proposals for P3 transportation projects

Posted by Chris Hill on April 10, 2015

Pennsylvania DOT accepting unsolicited proposals for P3 transportation projects

Contractors have until April 30 to submit unsolicited proposals for transportation projects to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) (www.P3forPA.com). This is the first of ...

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