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  • Saved! At least through May 31, 2015

    The Highway Trust Fund’s not going broke after all, thanks to a grudging, 11th-hour save by Congress. But pensions are being raided to make it happen.

  • Cycling kills (but you can stop it)

    I saw a billboard the other day that could only have been inspired by Chicago’s bicycling boom: A law firm offers to win damages from errant motorists for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and disfigurement.

  • 5 projects vie for international engineering award

    Four of the five projects that could be the world's Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement for 2015 are in the U.S.

  • Diagonal curb ramps are not the best options

    I have received multiple requests to discuss the pros and cons of installing diagonal, or radius, curb ramps at intersections.

  • Curing pervious concrete: what's your take?

    A contractor and equipment owner argue over how important superabsorbant polymer (SAP) is to the future performance of pervious concrete. Who's right?

  • Why the Highway Trust Fund is doomed to go broke

    A proposal to raise $164 billion over 10 years won’t pass in time to keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke by the end of August. And the White House doesn’t support it.

  • Will new emissions regs force you to raise water, sewer rates?

    EPA released its plan to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants by 30% on Monday to mixed reviews. How your utility feels about them depends on what state you’re in.

  • Access Board Webinar: Accessible Assembly Areas (June 5)

    The next webinar in the Access Board's free monthly series will take place June 5 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will review requirements for assembly areas in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards, including provisions for wheelchair spaces, companion seats, and designated aisle seats.

  • Asphalt vs. concrete in trails and sidewalks

    Question: I am in the process of installing a wide sidewalk at our county nursing home. I would like something that’s durable and gives the best ride to the residents.

  • Protecting your domain

    No agency wants citizens to visit their project website and find objectionable content. It's even worse if the agency is forced to allow it to remain. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to prevent this from happening.