State safety reports posted online

The Federal Highway Administration has posted its Highway Safety Improvement Program “Five Percent Reports”—documents submitted by individual states, per SAFETEA-LU requirements, describing at least 5% of their public roads with the most severe safety problems. To view the reports, visit click here


Pipe design/installation workshops

The Plastics Pipe Institute is hosting a workshop on June 24, during the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto. Entitled “Introduction to the New AWWA Manual 55 on Design and Installation of Polyethylene Pipe,” the session is designed to guide engineers and contractors in designing, specifying, procuring, and installing HDPE pipe in water systems. The session—presented by Mike Boyle, project manager for the city of Austin, Texas—will be repeated at the American Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference and Exhibition in Boston on July 8. For more information, visit or

Call before you dig

Beginning May, excavators across the country can dial 811 to get info on buried utilities at a site before they delve into the dirt. In addition, agencies can go to (which is already live) to download promotional materials and share tips and tricks with their peers. Launched by Common Ground Alliance, the project's main intent is to prevent accidents that can lead to downtime, service outages, and injury; in 2004, there were approximately 680,000 such incidents.