Other stories by Stephanie Johnston

  • Tinted road salt could mean happier residents

    From visibility to efficacy, municipalities opt for salt additives to improve winter road treatments.

  • Six excellent snow-and-ice control resources

    Resources ranging from APWA to industry experts and research boards.

  • Tennessee and other southern states attracting retirees

    Nashville is growing so fast, it's in serious danger of a real estate bubble.

  • Thin Is In in More Ways Than One

    As you read this, I'm at World of Asphalt in Nashville. A lot of educational sessions teach contractors how to help public customers (that's you) squeeze as much life as possible out of pavement. But I'm confused, and wonder if you have an answer.

  • Scapegoat time in Flint

    Drinking water regulations are boring and difficult. It's easy to assume authorities are doing the right thing, but irresponsible.

  • Ever Heard of Cement-Treated Asphalt Base?

    If not, today's your lucky day. Read on to learn how the Utah DOT won this year's Triad Award, sponsored by Public Works, with an innovative way of recycling asphalt pavement.

  • World’s Longest Elevated Bike Trail Lights Up

    For 80 years, the Bloomingdale Line hauled coal, furniture, yeast, and toys to and from businesses in northwest Chicago. For $95 million, the Chicago DOT transformed this former railway into a recreational trail connecting four neighborhoods.

  • Former Elected Official to Lead Public Works Professionals

    On April 15, association-management veteran and former City of Golden Valley, Minn., council member Scott D. Grayson will take the helm of North America’s only professional public works organization.

  • Just When I Thought Flying Couldn’t Get Scarier

    As I planned my travel from Chicago to Nashville for World of Asphalt, I came across a website that made my hair stand on end. If you work at an airport, you probably know about the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wildlife Hazard Mitigation program. But I had no idea the danger that critters...

  • Secrets of Municipal Pavement Champs

    Each dollar spent on keeping pavement in good to fair condition keeps street department from spending $4 to $5 on rehabilitation or reconstruction. That's a formula this award-winning California city knows well.