Capital Improvements

  • The case for big bridge data

    A little bit of big data, gathered from a variety of technologically advanced sensors, can go along way toward saving money, and lives.

     
  • 25-ft. telescoping cranes for work trucks

    New sensors increase safety and eliminate the need for front outriggers on several service body types.

     
  • APWA Top 10 Leader Lisa Ann Rapp talks technology

    American Public Works Association's 2014 Top 10 Leaders share their favorite on-the-job technologies: Lisa Ann Rapp, Lakewood, Calif.

     
  • Township saves yard waste and disposal program

    Working with the manufacturer on equipment modifications keeps a popular free service safe from budget cutbacks.

     
  • South Pipeline 4A Central tunnel boring machine (TBM) is lowered into the tunnel shaft.

    Water supply project finishes $147 million under budget

    Value engineering three major components – treatment, pipeline, and pumping – wrings inefficiencies from water project and holds the line on future rate increases.

     
  • A worker prepares to install a shrink sleeve over the pipe joint to keep dirt and rock away from the connection as the trench is backfilled. Welding then occurs underground within the buried pipe.

    Efficient pipe placement

    Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) trimmed costs when installing 50 miles of steel pipeline by implementing a time-saving, joint-sealing method.

     
  • Composite roadplates

    Integrated ramp and anti-skid surfaces meet new requirements and high-visibility yellow helps calm traffic.

     
  • Comprehensive facility management tool

    Capital Forecast integrates with the company’s CMMS MaintenanceEdge to present a single picture of capital and maintenance funding needs.

     
  • Reducing Risk

    Four years ago, King County, Wash., implemented a project-assessment system that's reducing unpleasant cost and timeline surprises on multimillion-dollar public works projects.

     
  • Public Works magazine's 2014 AEC survey

    Does spending more on consulting services indicate public works departments have better budgets or thinner work forces? The answer lies somewhere in the middle.

     
  • Why the Highway Trust Fund is doomed to go broke

    A proposal to raise $164 billion over 10 years won’t pass in time to keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke by the end of August. And the White House doesn’t support it.

     
  • Public Works magazine's 2014 AEC survey: In-house help wanted (finally)

    Does spending more on consulting services indicate public works departments have better budgets or thinner work forces? The answer lies somewhere in the middle.

     
  • King County Capitol Projects Oversight Manager Tina J. Rogers is working with King County Councilmember Jane Hague on finding the resources to properly improve Factoria Transfer Station to alleviate future costs due to preventable delays and risks.  Photo by Daniel Berman for Public Works.

    How to keep elected officials happy

    King County (Wash.) has implemented a system designed to keep both staff and elected officials out of the hot seat.

     
  • City of Ravenna-Ohio DOT joint garage

    A multijurisdictional public works collaboration benefits school districts and other government agencies.

     
  • White House $302B highway cure is ‘fantasy’

    The Obama administration’s proposed successor to MAP-21, the two-year surface transportation package that expires at the end of September, gives roads and bridges 38% more funding. So why do critics call it a “fantasy package”?

     
  • Peterbilt Models Available with Smartire

    Helping provide improved fuel economy, safety and tire life, the Bendix SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System is now available for Peterbilt’s Models 579 and 567. The  system monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire in real time and will warn the operator of potential problems.

     
  • Do-it-yourself carburetor cleaning

    With some basic tools, a shop towel, and a couple of hours, you can clean your engines' carburetors yourself and save time and money.

     
  • Detroit solves streetlighting problem

    Nearly one-third of the city’s street lights are broken. To save money while also ensuring public safety, the Detroit Public Lighting Authority has completed a pilot LED streetlighting program and is moving forward with another 5,000 installations.

     
  • Now THAT is resilient!

    Superstorm Sandy wreaked infrastructure havoc all along the East Coast in October 2012 but didn’t dent the credit ratings of New York State transportation agencies, says Standard & Poor's.

     
  • Limestone sand/aggregate may not be your best paving choice

    In my area we call it limestone aggregate, and I’m sure it has other titles in other areas. No matter what you call it, it is addressed by Surfaces 302.1 General in the 2010 ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), which states that floor and ground surfaces shall be stable, firm, and slip-resistant.

     
 
 
 
 

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