Capital Improvements

  • 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.

  • Cintra-led consortium named apparent best value proposer for North Carolina’s I-77 HOT Lanes Project

    Cintra, a subsidiary of Ferrovial, today was named the apparent best value proposer of the I-77 HOT Lanes Project by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

  • Placement begins. The mixture is spread along the straight edge that was prepared earlier. Note that the RCC is placed about 2 inches thicker than the material from yesterday so that it can be compacted that amount to end up at the same elevation.

    Suburb self performs RCC

    An Illinois public works department saves money with roller-compacted concrete. The material achieves high strength more quickly than conventional concrete pavement mixes.


    Is MAP-21 helping road agencies move ahead?

    What's working and what's not with the latest federal highway bill.

  • Waterproofing Toronto's Strachan Avenue Tunnel

    Toronto public transit managers specify a new product and process in our April 2014 Project of the Month.

  • High-pressure wheel-washing

    Wheel-washing protects snow-and-ice control equipment and minimizes the spread of invasive plants.

  • Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Program Holds Record Breaking Auction at World of Concrete

    The National Steering Committee (NSC) for the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program raised more than $810,000 in gross revenue at its ninth annual auction, held in conjunction with the World of Concrete on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

  • 8 public works problems solved

    Readers explain how they will get the job done against all odds.

  • In October 2013, the town finished installing 25 drainage structures and more than 1,000 linear feet of 12- to-24-inch drainage pipe on a collector road.

    2014 Outlook: Wellesley, Mass.

    In 2014, the town plans to continue inspecting its drainage system and areas that continue to flood.

  • B&H Contracting Inc., of Folsom, N.J., installs an isolation insertion valve at the onset of the Holiday Village East Pump Station project so wastewater can be diverted during rehabilitation. The station was built in 1989. Previous major work includes a replacement force main in 1996 and control replacement in 2010. Awarded in September 2013, the $165,890 contract includes control relocation.

    2014 Outlook: Mount Laurel, N.J.

    The township is stepping up its asset management program and has tied it to a 10-year fiscal planning model.

  • This year, the City of Annapolis is replacing a water treatment plant that was built in the 1920s.

    2014 Outlook: Annapolis, Md.

    City is hiring contract employees and consultants to help manage its capital program. This was never required in the past.

  • The department designs many urban forest improvements, such as the median on this new 2-mile thoroughfare with bike lanes and sidewalks, in-house.

    2014 Outlook: Charlotte, N.C.

    The city's Landscape Management Division is leveraging equipment, products, processes, and technology to improve service.

  • Billing clerks Mary Belleheumer and Mary Ginter update an account in Waterford Townships new Customer Information System.

    2014 Outlook: Waterford Township, Mich.

    By the end of 2014, all residential meters will be read utililzing a radio-read fixed-base network, eliminating the need to read meters in the field.

  • Led by maintenance supervisor Greg Abeyta, county road crews make 15-minute patches in preparation for a slurry seal and restripe that will add bike lanes to a recently inherited former state highway.

    2014 Outlook: Albuquerque, N.M.

    Rather than float another add-on to the sales tax, we asked the county commissioners to require that franchises be renewed and commit the revenues to street rehab and preservation.

  • This year, Water Services connects new transmission line to a new, $11.6 million treatment facility scheduled to begin construction this spring and replaces century-old transmission line.

    2014 Outlook: Ogden City, Utah

    The city will replace its 13.5 mgd bed filter treatment plant built in 1956 and connect it to a new transmission line.


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