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  • Transparent barriers mitigate highway noise

    The Texas DOT solves two public relations problems with one product.

  • Water supply project finishes $147 million under budget

    Value engineering three major components – treatment, pipeline, and pumping – wrings inefficiencies from water project and holds the line on future rate increases.

  • Drones are being tested in some locales

    Drones may be the greatest thing since the Internet, if public agencies can convince constituents they aren’t too invasive.

  • Reducing Risk

    Four years ago, King County, Wash., implemented a project-assessment system that's reducing unpleasant cost and timeline surprises on multimillion-dollar public works projects.

  • Climate change and the urban forest

    Urban foresters in various regions of the country explain how to protect trees from the effects of climate change.

  • Proactive Pruning is Paramount

    Early maintenance practices for young trees are paramount to long-term tree health and survivability.

  • Mitigating a high-risk project

    Most people wouldn’t consider building a trail particularly risky. But like any project there are inherent challenges that, if not addressed, will slow construction and increase costs.

  • Adapt your planting plan

    Selecting tree species with internal genetic traits that promote resilience to external threats reduces the vulnerability of the future urban forest.

  • Plant a diverse tree palette

    The goal of every public works program should be to plant as diverse an array of trees as possible.

  • Two ways to curb corrosion

    Equipment corrosion eats away at budgets of snow and ice management fleets. Here are some options to alleviate these concerns.