Other stories by Daniel C. Brown

  • Asphalt Paving & Repair

    Improved technology and raw materials prices prompt agencies to reconsider reclaimed material.

  • Information-Based Budgeting

    Turning around the condition of a city's streets is difficult at best. After years of neglect, Los Angeles suburb Oxnard, Calif., is beginning the long, slow climb back to smoother rides for its 180,000 residents.

  • Mining for savings

    Cold in-place recycling stretches road funds because crushed materials are used onsite rather than hauled away.

  • Recycling gets hot

    Cut costs by adding more recycled asphalt pavement to the mix.

  • Remote control

    As prices drop, real-time tracking and dispatching systems are no longer an option reserved for police, fire, and emergency services.

  • 2007 Forecast: supply costs

    Expect the price of construction materials to rise by 6% to 8%, says Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va.

  • Hustle and flow

    One example of effective traffic management comes from a high-profile project running through the heart of Boulder, Colo. The $8.9 million Broadway Street and Bridge Reconstruction Project involved total reconstruction of a four-lane arterial that carries 30,000 vehicles per day.

  • Staying up-to-date costly—but doable

    Instead of using manual, mechanical testing methods, today's cars, trucks, and heavy equipment require computerized troubleshooting, which is often expensive. However, Jake Stucky of Missoula, Montana, has found some cost-saving solutions.

  • Restoration transformation

    PUBLIC WORKS takes a close look at Iowa City's concrete pavement restoration (CPR) efforts, a finds them to be lasting and effective.

  • To lease or not to lease

    PUBLIC WORKS elucidates ample reasons to forego the option of leasing.