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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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Audit shows North Carolina DOT did not conduct required minimum tests on asphalt and concrete

Posted by Chris Hill on April 09, 2015

Audit shows North Carolina DOT did not conduct required minimum tests on asphalt and concrete

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) did not properly test the asphalt and concrete used in federally funded highway projects in fiscal year 2013 and therefore did not verify that ...

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Oil supply to keep gas prices low through the summer

Posted by Amy Materson on April 09, 2015

Oil supply to keep gas prices low through the summer

Gas prices are projected to be more than a dollar per gallon lower this summer than during the summer of 2014, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicted Wednesday. Basing the projection ...

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Oklahoma DOT hires engineering firm to create earthquake response protocol for bridge inspections

Posted by Chris Hill on April 09, 2015

Oklahoma DOT hires engineering firm to create earthquake response protocol for bridge inspections

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has hired an engineering group to create a new plan for examining and responding to bridge inspections in earthquake zones, according to a report ...

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Michigan DOT earns Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation

Posted by Chris Hill on April 09, 2015

Michigan DOT earns Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation

Work performed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to preserve Native American artifacts found during the M-231 project has earned the department, and the six tribes involved in the effort, the ...

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Today is Stand Up 4 Transportation Day; campaign urges passage of long-term highway bill

Posted by Chris Hill on April 09, 2015

Today is Stand Up 4 Transportation Day; campaign urges passage of long-term highway bill

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is promoting April 9 as Stand Up for Transportation Day, an effort to “focus on the urgency of the passage of a long-term, federal ...

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Manitowoc’s new Grove GHC Series telescoping crawler cranes offer compact capability for utility, highway work (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 08, 2015

Manitowoc’s new Grove GHC Series telescoping crawler cranes offer compact capability for utility, highway work (PHOTOS)

Manitowoc recently unveiled its latest Grove telescoping crawler cranes, taking the wraps off the new GHC series and discussing its value for utility contractors and road builders . Short for Grove Hydraulic ...

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Minnesota DOT to tackle 290 statewide construction projects this season

Posted by Chris Hill on April 08, 2015

Minnesota DOT to tackle 290 statewide construction projects this season

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has begun work on 290 transportation construction projects for this season, many of which will focus on preserving and maintaining the state’s aging roads and ...

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Michigan conference to discuss transportation asset management, highway funding strategies

Posted by Chris Hill on April 08, 2015

Michigan conference to discuss transportation asset management, highway funding strategies

The Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) of Michigan will hold its annual spring conference April 30 in Grand Rapids to provide a forum for reviewing strategies for managing assets, road ...

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TRB staff members move into technical, strategic initiative roles

Posted by Chris Hill on April 08, 2015

TRB staff members move into technical, strategic initiative roles

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies has moved several staff members into new positions to support its Strategic Initiatives and Technical Activities programs. Mark Norman will become the director ...

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VIDEO: Squad of excavators chews up a bridge in 30-second demolition time-lapse

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 07, 2015

VIDEO: Squad of excavators chews up a bridge in 30-second demolition time-lapse

Time-lapse photography may have begun with capturing the movements of people and growing plants, but as it has matured, it's a photographic technique that feels tailor-made for construction and demolition. ...

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Water shortage in California the result of 40 years of delusional infrastructure neglect

Posted by Tom Jackson on April 07, 2015

Water shortage in California the result of 40 years of delusional infrastructure neglect

California's water shortage looms large in the headlines this spring. What few are talking about, however, is that the shortage is entirely man made. While the shortage is being blamed on ...

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NYCDOT plans $100 million in improvements to make Queens “Boulevard of Death” safer

Posted by Chris Hill on April 07, 2015

NYCDOT plans $100 million in improvements to make Queens “Boulevard of Death” safer

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) will rework the 7-mile corridor of Queens Boulevard as part of the $100 million Greet Streets initiative, beginning with a 1.3-mile segment ...

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Shuster leads Pennsylvania transportation roadshow for infrastructure needs awareness

Posted by Chris Hill on April 07, 2015

Shuster leads Pennsylvania transportation roadshow for infrastructure needs awareness

Pennsylvania legislators, members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (TIC), and state department of transportation officials are hitting the road in Pennsylvania April 7-8 to promote the need for ...

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FLEET PROFILE: The top roadbuilding equipment and brands financed by highway contractors in the last 5 years

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on April 06, 2015

FLEET PROFILE: The top roadbuilding equipment and brands financed by highway contractors in the last 5 years

What have contractors who are engaged primarily in roadbuilding been adding to their equipment fleets in the past five years? To get a better picture of this, we zeroed in ...

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Georgia budgets $1.1 billion for heavy equipment purchases, passes beefy highway bill

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 06, 2015

Georgia budgets $1.1 billion for heavy equipment purchases, passes beefy highway bill

The construction industry in Georgia will get a substantial boost in 2015 thanks to the state's new budget and a big highway bill. According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gov. Nathan ...

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USDOT TIGER funding makes $500 million available for transportation projects

Posted by Chris Hill on April 06, 2015

USDOT TIGER funding makes $500 million available for transportation projects

The seventh round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program opens up $500 million for transportation projects, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced. The FY ...

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Missing barricade leaves VW Bug straddling a work zone barrier in Oklahoma

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 06, 2015

Missing barricade leaves VW Bug straddling a work zone barrier in Oklahoma

The driver of a Volkswagen beetle walked away from the car shaken up but unharmed after mistakenly driving into a construction zone in Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to a report from News ...

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