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The top 10 transportation challenges facing New Mexico

Posted by Chris Hill on February 25, 2015

The top 10 transportation challenges facing New Mexico

New Mexico’s roads, highways, and bridges are plagued by needed improvements to critical routes including inadequate capacity, deficient bridges, pavement deterioration, and inadequate safety features, according to a new report from The Road ...

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PennDOT asks residents for help in attacking potholes on state roadways

Posted by Chris Hill on February 25, 2015

PennDOT asks residents for help in attacking potholes on state roadways

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is asking motorists to report potholes and other “roadway concerns” by calling it’s toll-free hotline 1-800-FIX ROAD (1-800-349-7623). PennDOT says the hotline “connects callers directly to their respective county maintenance ...

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NAPA webinar to cover asphalt pavement outlook for 2015

Posted by Chris Hill on February 25, 2015

NAPA webinar to cover asphalt pavement outlook for 2015

The National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) Asphalt Pavement Industry 2015 Business Outlook webinar, set for March 2, will cover figures for asphalt pavement tonnages, the impact of low oil prices on asphalt ...

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TCC applauds bipartisan congressional letter supporting long-term transportation bill, Highway Trust Fund

Posted by Chris Hill on February 25, 2015

TCC applauds bipartisan congressional letter supporting long-term transportation bill, Highway Trust Fund

Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) leadership called a recent bipartisan letter from nearly 300 House of Representatives members calling for action on funding transportation improvements a “broad consensus” that a long-term highway and transit bill ...

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Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline construction; bill heads back to Congress

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 24, 2015

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline construction; bill heads back to Congress

Citing a contempt for the national interest on the part of Congress, President Barack Obama vetoed a bill that would have cleared the way for construction of the Keystone XL oil ...

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Michigan DOT doesn’t hold contractors to project warranties, audit finds

Posted by Chris Hill on February 24, 2015

Michigan DOT doesn’t hold contractors to project warranties, audit finds

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) isn’t holding roadwork contractors properly accountable for warranties on their projects, which puts the cost of repairs to such projects squarely on the state’s shoulders, according ...

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Highway Trust Fund uncertainty to delay $1 billion in Arkansas projects

Posted by Chris Hill on February 24, 2015

Highway Trust Fund uncertainty to delay $1 billion in Arkansas projects

The cloud of doubt and uncertainty hovering over the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) could delay roughly $1 billion in Arkansas highway projects between now and 2017, according to a report from the ...

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Unique Paving Materials launches Ravel Check asphalt preservation product

Posted by Chris Hill on February 24, 2015

Unique Paving Materials launches Ravel Check asphalt preservation product

Unique Paving Materials says Ravel Check, its new liquid asphalt pavement preservation product can extend pavement life by 3 to 5 years. The company says the product is designed to “penetrate the ...

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U.S., Canada to move forward on $2 billion border-crossing bridge project

Posted by Chris Hill on February 23, 2015

U.S., Canada to move forward on $2 billion border-crossing bridge project

Canada and the U.S. have agreed on the construction, maintenance, and staffing of the New International Trade Crossing (NITC)/Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) linking Detroit, Mich., and Windsor, Ontario. The project is expected ...

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Oregon names its voluntary pay-as-you-drive highway usage tax. Meet OreGo

Posted by Chris Hill on February 23, 2015

Oregon names its voluntary pay-as-you-drive highway usage tax. Meet OreGo

Oregon’s Road Usage Charge Program (RUC) is officially titled OreGo and will start implementation July 1 this year. Created by Oregon Senate Bill 810, the RUC allows the Oregon Department of Transportation to ...

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Idaho bill proposes increases to vehicle registration fees and fuel taxes to fund transportation efforts

Posted by Chris Hill on February 23, 2015

Idaho bill proposes increases to vehicle registration fees and fuel taxes to fund transportation efforts

Members of the Idaho House Transportation and Defense Committee have but forth a bill to provide nearly $200 million in transportation funds via large percentage increases in gasoline and diesel taxes and ...

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The Vacuworx Octapad lifts slabs faster with 8 seal points that adapt to imperfections

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on February 20, 2015

The Vacuworx Octapad lifts slabs faster with 8 seal points that adapt to imperfections

Few concrete highway slabs slated for removal are pristine rectangles. Most are riddled with potholes, surface imperfections and of course, expansion joints, all of which make it hard to create ...

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FHWA releases $232 million for emergency road and bridge repairs

Posted by Chris Hill on February 20, 2015

FHWA releases $232 million for emergency road and bridge repairs

Twenty-six states and Puerto Rico are set to receive $232 million in Emergency Relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration for road and bridge repairs for weather and “unexpected events” damage, the ...

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Want half-off alignment at Sears? Publicly shame your city and its potholes on social media

Posted by Chris Hill on February 20, 2015

Want half-off alignment at Sears? Publicly shame your city and its potholes on social media

It’s said that admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery. If that is the case then we may be headed toward fixing the decaying road problem in ...

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Ground broken on Florida’s I-4 Ultimate project

Posted by Chris Hill on February 20, 2015

Ground broken on Florida’s I-4 Ultimate project

Florida Gov. Rick Scott officially kicked off the metropolitan Orlando Interstate 4 improvement project at a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 17 in Maitland, according to a report by the Orlando Sentinel. Dubbed I-4 Ultimate, ...

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ACPA promotes Wathne to executive vice president

Posted by Chris Hill on February 20, 2015

ACPA promotes Wathne to executive vice president

Leif Wathne has been promoted to executive vice president of the American Concrete Pavement Association, the group announced. Wathne has been with the group for 10 years and most recently served as its vice president ...

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Big Bertha wakes from one-year nap, begins to chew her way into repair pit

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 19, 2015

Big Bertha wakes from one-year nap, begins to chew her way into repair pit

For the first time in more than a year, Big Bertha actually bored. According to a report from the Seattle Times, the world's largest tunnel boring machine, dormant deep below Seattle since late January ...

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Georgia drivers pay extra $8 billion annually due to deficient roads TRIP report finds

Posted by Chris Hill on February 19, 2015

Georgia drivers pay extra $8 billion annually due to deficient roads TRIP report finds

Deficient roads in Georgia costs the state’s motorists nearly $8 billion in additional vehicle operating costs and expenses related to safety and congestion, according to a report by The Road Improvement Program. TRIP ...

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NAPA to hold environmental, health and safety conference at World of Asphalt 2015

Posted by Chris Hill on February 19, 2015

NAPA to hold environmental, health and safety conference at World of Asphalt 2015

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has scheduled its Beyond Compliance: Achieving EH&S Excellence conference near the start of the World of Asphalt in Baltimore March 16-17. The conference will cover environmental, health, and ...

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Deficient roads and bridges cost Iowa drivers an extra $2 billion each year

Posted by Chris Hill on February 19, 2015

Deficient roads and bridges cost Iowa drivers an extra $2 billion each year

  Twenty-seven percent of Iowa’s major urban roads and highways are in poor condition, and 21 percent of the state’s bridges are structurally deficient, according to a report from The Road Improvement Program ...

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More Maryland bridges found to be crumbling upon ordered inspections

Posted by Chris Hill on February 18, 2015

More Maryland bridges found to be crumbling upon ordered inspections

After inspecting nearly 70 bridges, Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) workers removed loose concrete from five bridges Feb. 14-15, according to a report by the news station WTOP. The actions follow a recent ...

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Wisconsin road building debt to increase under governor’s proposal

Posted by Chris Hill on February 18, 2015

Wisconsin road building debt to increase under governor’s proposal

Gov. Scott Walker’s current $1.3 billion road construction borrowing proposal would up state borrowing for road projects to a point that almost 20 percent would be used to pay off highway loans, ...

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North Carolina bill proposes gas tax increase for road construction funding

Posted by Chris Hill on February 18, 2015

North Carolina bill proposes gas tax increase for road construction funding

North Carolina Senate bill S20, passed February 12, would increase the minimum motor fuel excise tax by 67 percent, while raising the wholesale tax to 9.9 percent from 7 percent. The bill has been ...

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The 3 things needed right now to repair our nation’s bridges, according to 12 DOTs

Posted by Equipment World Staff on February 17, 2015

The 3 things needed right now to repair our nation’s bridges, according to 12 DOTs

The nation’s infrastructure system can be likened to an economic circulatory system – giving us freedom, opportunity and mobility—and this should not be taken for granted, said former Kansas Gov. ...

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With Better Roads integration, Equipment World expands transportation coverage to road building, bridges, DOTs and more

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 17, 2015

With Better Roads integration, Equipment World expands transportation coverage to road building, bridges, DOTs and more

For those who frequent this site, it's a change you have probably already noticed. But just in case you haven't, or in the case that you're new here, I did want ...

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Report: Apple is working on an electric car to take on Tesla

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 17, 2015

Report: Apple is working on an electric car to take on Tesla

After rumors began swirling last week about a potential foray by Apple into the car business, the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the tech giant is working on an electric ...

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Texas DOT crews now measure stockpiles by shooting a quick video with their iPhones

Posted by Equipment World Staff on February 17, 2015

Texas DOT crews now measure stockpiles by shooting a quick video with their iPhones

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has begun using an iPhone app to get accurate measurements of stockpile volume and tonnage, as well as keep track of locations. Last year, the ...

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Kokosing CEO admits demolition plan was flawed in deadly bridge collapse

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 16, 2015

Kokosing CEO admits demolition plan was flawed in deadly bridge collapse

The demolition plan for a bridge that crossed over Interstate 75 near Cincinnati was flawed and has been found to have contributed to the structure's collapse which killed a worker ...

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Maryland DOT orders bridge inspections in response to overpass dropping debris into traffic

Posted by Chris Hill on February 16, 2015

Maryland DOT orders bridge inspections in response to overpass dropping debris into traffic

Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn has ordered the State Highway Administration (SHA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) to inspect all state-owned bridges of the same age and condition as the ...

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Iowa lawmakers pursue gas tax increase

Posted by Chris Hill on February 16, 2015

Iowa lawmakers pursue gas tax increase

Legislators in both the Iowa Senate and House have approved an increase in the state’s gas tax and will be putting proposed legislation to their respective transportation committees, according to a report ...

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Hitachi launches 3 DEF-sipping LC-6 excavators that love the cold

Posted by Chris Hill on February 13, 2015

Hitachi launches 3 DEF-sipping LC-6 excavators that love the cold

Hitachi has launched three upgraded excavators that the company says reduce diesel exhaust fluid consumption and are engineered for cold weather work. The machines are powered by Tier 4 Final Isuzu engines ...

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DOT Chief Foxx touring 5 states to promote $478 billion Grow America Act

Posted by Chris Hill on February 13, 2015

DOT Chief Foxx touring 5 states to promote $478 billion Grow America Act

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will wind his way through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia on a four-day bus tour to promote the Obama administration’s Grow America Act. The tour ...

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Bill introduced to SC House seeks to increase gas tax while another wants to halt all road construction for 5 years

Posted by Chris Hill on February 13, 2015

Bill introduced to SC House seeks to increase gas tax while another wants to halt all road construction for 5 years

Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives have filed two bills with very different agendas. If either were to become law, it would have a huge impact on road construction in ...

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ARTBA hires Houlihan as senior writer and editor

Posted by Chris Hill on February 13, 2015

ARTBA hires Houlihan as senior writer and editor

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has named former Reuters staffer Eileen M. Houlihan as senior writer and editor. At Reuters for nearly 20 years, Houlihan covered the North American ...

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Doosan’s new DX255LC-5 excavator boasts improved fuel economy through Smart Power Control

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 12, 2015

Doosan’s new DX255LC-5 excavator boasts improved fuel economy through Smart Power Control

A Tier 4 Final engine equipped with a new Smart Power Control feature headlines a long list of updates in Doosan's new DX255LC-5 excavator. The 184-horsepower machine replaces the LC-3 and is ...

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Volvo CE’s new EC220E excavator protects attachments with a password, offers side-view camera

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 12, 2015

Volvo CE’s new EC220E excavator protects attachments with a password, offers side-view camera

Volvo Construction Equipment has launched a replacement to its 22-ton D Series excavator, updating the machine with a Tier 4 Final engine, improved hydraulics and a new Eco mode. The EC220E ...

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