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  • Sure, it SOUNDS easy to implement technology ...

    Michigan DOT managed 65 employees, 55 contractor and subcontractor firms, and 500 construction workers on a seven-month freeway reconstruction without issuing a single piece of paper. Having saved $1 million via "e-construction," the agency plans to use the process on 400 more projects.

  • Could scrap rubber improve roads in cold climates?

    Many transportation departments add rubber from old tires to asphalt mixes. Once confined to DOTs in warmer climates like the Southwest, the process is now being tested in Michigan.

  • Relief a year away for drought-ravaged state

    A $1 billion project to convert Pacific Ocean seawater to 50 million gpd of drinking water for Southern California will begin deliveries in about one year, the developer says.

  • Engineering's where the money's at

    Civil engineers can expect to bring home nearly $2 million in lifetime earnings, says a Washington, D.C., think tank.

  • Locals spend almost as much on roads as states

    Among other findings, this report states the obvious: "The various levels of government should communicate and operate as partners." In the meantime, cities and counties are increasingly taking matters into their own hands.

  • Warm-mix asphalt or concrete?

    Warm-mix asphalt may be cheaper initially, but concrete wins on life-cycle costs. According to the Portland Cement Association, that is.

  • The rumble strip ruckus

    DOTs installed thousands of miles of rumble strips to qualify for safety stimulus dollars, and FHWA constantly touts how well this inexpensive surface treatment works in minimizing accidents. Unfortunately, not everyone's a fan.

  • VIDEO: The half-a-million-dollar sink hole

    According to engineers, it was caused by a city-owned storm drain failure.

  • Where to find current parking, striping, signage regs

    QUESTION: A supervisor recently asked me for information on striping and signage of parking lots for ADA compliance, and I found “ADA Business Brief: Restriping Parking Lots” on the Department of Justice website. However, the document is dated January 2002. Is this information still accurate?

  • EPA to Fund Border Projects

    Nearly $9 million in grants has been awarded for environmental improvement efforts along the U.S.– Mexico border.