February 2005 Table of Contents

Managing C&D debris

With landfill space decreasing and environmental concerns and regulations increasing, public works officials are sifting through the waste stream for new ways to manage waste disposal. One portion of the waste stream that they have identified as lacking comprehensive and standardized management guidelines is construction and demolition (C&D) debris. Read more

Poking a hole in manhole cover thieves' plans Poking a hole in manhole cover thieves' plans

Thieves can be a bold, resourceful lot. They swipe Subarus in broad daylight, pilfer pants in the midst of crowded malls, and make off with makeup in busy department stores. These crimes cost retailers and citizens billions of dollars annually. A recent trend in theft, however, poses a threat to public works budgets-and public health. Read more

Trucks & accessories

Operators are demanding more from their trucks, in terms of performance, versatility, and comfort. Manufacturers have responded by releasing new and upgraded vehicles and accessories to meet a broad range of needs and applications. These products offer more standard options, bigger payloads, easier operation, and greater ergonomics than ever before—often with styling that rivals the aesthetics of anything you might see on a showroom floor. Read more

HDPE pipe saves the day at air force base HDPE pipe saves the day at air force base

The landfill at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) performs its intended function well but—according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency— its performance as a ponding basin for stormwater runoff was less impressive. Read more

Weldable primer gives New York bridge longevity Weldable primer gives New York bridge longevity

Opened on July 11, 1936, at a cost of $60 million, New York City's Triborough Bridge carried approximately 30,000 vehicles per day between Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx during its first year of operation. Today the bridge—actually a complex of three long-span bridges and related facilities—carries 200,000 vehicles a day on eight lanes of traffic. To maintain this critical link in New York's transportation system, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's bridges and tunnels division began in 1997 a multi-year, $550 million program to renovate the bridge. Read more

Reporting software makes tasks easier Reporting software makes tasks easier

Public works directors are accustomed to dealing with heavy equipment, road bases, and guardrails, so selecting work-management software can present a challenge. Scott Bressler, operations manager of the Butler County Engineer's Office in Hamilton, Ohio, says, however, that choosing the appropriate work-management software can be easy and rewarding. Read more

Microtunneling in Hawaii Pipeline construction & maintenance Microtunneling in Hawaii

Just 40 miles long and 26 miles wide, Oahu is not the biggest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, but it serves as the seat of government and is home to the state's largest city, Honolulu. It also is home to Honolulu Harbor, the largest and most singularly important of the state's commercial harbors. According to the Hawaii DOT, “Its success as a world-renowned port is responsible for the evolution of an ancient Hawaiian village into the state's capital city.” Read more

Setting standards Infrastructure construction & maintenance Setting standards

Nestled in picturesque western Placer County just north of the state capital of Sacramento, the historic city of Lincoln, Calif., is called “a small community with big ideas.” In 1998 this small agricultural town had just 8500 residents. Today it is the fastest-growing city in the state. Lincoln's population has been growing at a rate of 54% annually and now stands at 30,000. Read more

Transportation safety Increasing work-zone safety

Water-filled longitudinal channelizing barricades provide clear visual guidance to vehicles and pedestrians approaching and traversing sudden, unusual, or unexpected traffic patterns around temporary work zones. In many instances, these barriers avoid the need to place concrete jersey barriers, which can be dangerous—even deadly—to motorists. Read more

Surveying & mapping A quick scan

Douglas Kuypers is a one-man laser-scanning team. In an ongoing project to develop maintenance plan data for the San Diego International Airport, Kuypers, with the Denver office of Woolpert Inc., used 3-D laser scanning to capture this data in the airport's Terminal 1. Using laser scanning slashed field time from 1400 hours that would have been needed with conventional survey methods to just 235 hours. Read more

Replenishing ground water Water Treatment Replenishing ground water

Despite the recent dramatic rains in California. Orange County remains in the midst of a prolonged drought affecting the entire Western United States. And with projections for large population increases of up to 500,000 people by 2020, combined with other environmental and political factors, Orange County's water supplies are being challenged. Read more

Administration & Management The quest for Mayberry

Most public works directors and other local government employees that have pursued a career in this field have at one time or another began what I like to call a "Quest for Mayberry." Perhaps a better way of putting it is a quest for a utopian society, but being a big fan of the Andy Griffith show, I prefer to call it a quest for Mayberry. Read more

Compensation packages ease hiring problems Ideas & Opinions/Fleets Compensation packages ease hiring problems

Benefits packages help public works departments attract and retain qualified fleet mechanics, even if public-sector wages run somewhat below the private sector, say fleet managers. Shortages of qualified mechanics appear to be a regional problem. Read more

A lucky, albeit leaky, find Ideas & Opinions A lucky, albeit leaky, find

In the 1870s, city engineer Major Charles Davis was called to investigate a typical public works complaint—the dreaded “basement backup problem.” We can all imagine what Davis faced when he showed up to investigate—a group of homeowners upset with water flooding into their basements, absolutely certain that somehow it was the city's fault. Read more

News & Views: Community Budget woes halt san diego water, sewer plans

San Diego can't start construction on more than $334 million in water and sewer capital projects scheduled for this year until it resolves the financial crisis that has crippled its borrowing ability. Read more

Water Security Congress Announced News & Views: Operations Water Security Congress Announced

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building terrorist bombing, security experts, water utility managers, and emergency responders will gather in Oklahoma City to confront issues related to the security of water supplies and infrastructure. The event will be held April 10-12 at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel. Read more

Company launches desalination research News & Views: Operations Company launches desalination research

Black & Veatch, Overland Park, Kan., is leading a research project—sponsored jointly by the Awwa Research Foundation and the California Energy Commission—to develop a treatment process that reduces the cost and energy consumption for inland desalination with zero liquid discharge (ZLD). The team will use computer modeling and bench-scale and pilot testing to develop cost-effective solutions for concentrate management. Read more

Fluoride debate arises in Oregon News & Views: Rules & Regs Fluoride debate arises in Oregon

Less than a quarter of Oregon state residents drink fluoridated water, but health officials are campaigning for its increased use in public drinking water. Residents in areas without fluoridated water have been skeptical, deciding that messing with the water supply is not a wise trade-off for attractive teeth. Read more

News & Views: Operations Farmers' market crash offers harsh lesson

A crash at a farmers' market that killed 10 people and injured 63 sends an urgent warning to state and local traffic planners to ensure that safety barricades, detour signs, and barriers are adequate at locations where streets are temporarily closed, according to federal safety officials. Read more

Rural roads prove deadly for Southeast drivers News & Views: Design & Construction Rural roads prove deadly for Southeast drivers

Rural two-lane highways are the largest single class of roads in the United States-and they are the deadliest, especially in the Southeast. From 1996 to 2000, almost one-third of the nation's traffic fatalities occurred in just eight southeastern states; of those, 64% occurred on rural roads, according to a recent Georgia Institute of Technology study. Read more

PUBLIC WORKS BRIEFS: February 2005 News & Views PUBLIC WORKS BRIEFS: February 2005

Partnership tackles water defense technology, White paper evaluates automated refuse collection, and other news. Read more

Editorial Added value

In the other half of my life, I am editor of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazine. In that role, I have to keep in touch with the issues that weigh on the minds of concrete contractors—things like finding and keeping good employees, managing projects to stay on schedule, and struggling to control quality and costs. Oh, yes—and making money. Read more

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