Other stories by Jenni Spinner

  • Picture this

    Larry Vines has spent more than three decades making concrete pretty.

  • Street art

    The stuff hidden underneath the manhole covers of the world ranges from unremarkable to downright disgusting. But just because they're hiding unspeakable stuff doesn't mean that the covers themselves have to be ugly.

  • From Garbage to Gold

    For more than 20 years, the city of Portland, Ore.'s Office of Transportation (PDOT) has experimented with recycling techniques—collecting paper, composting leaves, recycling construction debris, etc. Their trials paid off in fiscal year 2006-07, to the tune of nearly $3.6 million.

  • Fashionably Safe

    The International Safety Equipment Association and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have developed a new standard regarding the sartorial requirements placed on safety responders.

  • Sure Routes to Funding

    While the pool of money allocated to the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program stands at $147 million, you might want to go after your share of the funding this year before it dries up—or gets reallocated.

  • Water Supply

    How bad was the drought that plagued much of the U.S. last year? According to Georgia's Gov. Sonny Perdue, it couldn't have been much worse.

  • Blacktop Goes Green

    The Missouri DOT continues down the innovation highway by testing earth-friendly pavement markings.

  • Alaska city has sign management down cold

    The traffic engineering division had to keep track of 65,000 street signs, and the outdated paper-based tracking system in place violated the municipal code that required the department to maintain accurate, up-to-date records of its traffic-control devices. They needed a cost-effective way to...

  • Learning Curve

    Once someone joins the Chesapeake Public Works Department, they never seem to want to leave. Of the 500 employees on staff, nearly 100 have been there 20 years or more. If you want to know why, ask Jerry Ivory.

  • When Good Haulers Go Bad...