Other stories by Stephanie Johnston

  • Ka-BOOM! This bridge is going DOWN

    But in a very controlled fashion. And, since the structure in question is in California, an environmentally friendly one as well. The 18th Caltrans video on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction explains how the agency will take down the largest concrete pier in 6 seconds.

  • PA city seeks 4 public works employees

    Bounded on the north and west by the Susquehanna River, Lancaster is within driving distance of Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; New York; Philadelphia; Delaware beaches; and the Jersey shore. Also the seat of Lancaster County, the city calls itself “a place where historic preservation and a...

  • Small town offers big professional-growth opportunity

    The City of Sullivan, Ill., is taking applications until July 1 for the newly created position of Public Works Director. Located near Lake Shelbyville, which offers multiple opportunities for outdoor recreation, it’s a safe, progressive community with three major manufacturers, excellent schools...

  • Fountain repair

    It's taking 16 months to repair the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles near Paris.

  • Public works outreach

    Blog on city's website features public works employees' photos and interviews.

  • Public works: the first line of defense

    I have a confession to make: I lifted the “first line” line from Municipal Water & Sewer’s editor. Luke Laggis was reminding readers that they’re health care workers. “’Sanitas’ is the Latin word for health,” he writes, quoting a World Health Organization adviser. “Maintaining the health of the...

  • There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

    For those of you who aren’t county engineers experiencing the consequences daily, oil and gas drilling equipment is extremely hard on rural roads. Now, according to a fascinating New Yorker article, pavement (and other stuff) is being damaged by another energy-industry practice.

  • Imagine restoring this fountain!

    Several years ago, my lovely suburban Chicago village installed a fountain in the central business district. It’s wonderful. Every warm evening, people of all ages are sitting on the surrounding benches, listening to the tinkle of the water, and relaxing.

  • Keep those job descriptions coming!

    In March I offered to post help wanted announcements to the Public Works magazine website, Linked In group, and weekly e-newsletter. All for free.

  • Help wanted: Transportation Engineering Supervisor

    What recession?! With 55% growth since 2000, the Town of Cary is North Carolina’s seventh-largest city. Today, more than 150,000 people live within 55 square miles. Apply by May 2, 2015.