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  • This is America’s Oldest Concrete Street

    The public works department in a small Ohio town is having a very busy week. The caretakers of the nation’s first “artificial stone” street are hosting concrete enthusiasts eager to celebrate a public asset installed 17 years after Custer’s last stand.

  • Sign language for children

    Efforts assure disabled children that they have value and are not forgotten. And people from all walks of life work toward a common goal that benefits the whole community.

  • 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.

  • Shared use paths

    The phrase “shared use path” can be confusing. Language straight from the guidelines may help.

  • Scapegoat time in Flint

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

  • 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...

  • Check Out This Award-Winning Roundabout

    I attended World of Concrete in Las Vegas earlier this month. Imagine my surprise at learning about this neat public works project during an American Society of Concrete Contractors awards presentation.

  • Avoid ADA non-compliance

    The most discouraging thing the author sees is that government entities don't take the basic steps to comply with the law.

  • Defining public works

    A reader helps the editor with a definition for public works. Can you think of a better one?