April 2008 Table of Contents

Mobile Communications Equipment April 2008

Today's generation of two-way radios provides more than just voice communication. Depending on budget and need, a department can add capability ranging from GPS tracking to remote monitoring and control of plant operations. Read moreyfvdfdzdrbywwacuw

Eliminate Guesswork

Facing growing pressure to bring projects in on budget, transportation managers?such as those at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)?have found that using off-the-shelf spreadsheet and database applications like Microsoft's Excel and Access are no longer robust enough to estimate the cost and scope of large-scale projects. Read more

Internet Interception

After several failed attempts, federal legislation that would allow small cities and counties to provide their own high-speed Internet service is likely to become law. Read more

Slippery Slope

The constant pummeling of snow and record-low temperatures throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and Canada this winter made for one big quandary: shortages in rock salt, the deicing staple of public works departments far and wide. Read more

Making the Grade Making the Grade

When summer heads into fall, Gilliam County activities are fairly typical of Oregon's rural communities: Wheat farmers prepare for harvest, fly fishers ready for spawning season, and the county's road crew works its one-of-a-kind “gravel reclaimer.” Read more

Warming Trend Roadworks: Asphalt Paving Warming Trend

A paving material that promises excellent performance, environmental benefits, and reduced cost, warm-mix asphalt (WMA) is generating enthusiasm among transportation managers. Though still largely confined to trial and demonstration projects in the United States, prospects seem favorable for it to take over much, if not all, of the asphalt pavement market within 10 years. Read more

Mobile Communications Loud and Clear

Frequent battery replacements, missed calls, and garbled messages meant just one thing to Albert Brunson, head of public building equipment maintenance for Cumberland County, N.C.: time to update his mobile communications system. Read more

Clean Sweeps Snow & Ice Control Clean Sweeps

Controlling snow and ice requires balancing three, not quite equal, goals: meet the public's need to travel safely, avoid harmful environmental impacts, and keep costs in line. Read more

Locked Out Homeland Security Locked Out

Ten years ago, security at most mid-sized water treatment plants was little more than a locked door. Today, water and wastewater utilities are doing their best to protect the vulnerabilities of systems that spread out over literally millions of miles. Read more

Power to the Pickup

To this writer's eyes, the biggest news to come out of this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit was that two major light-duty truck manufacturers introduced new models. Read more

Test Results: Inconclusive Ideas & Opinions Test Results: Inconclusive

The lack of uniformity in testing procedures from state to state is fueling the need to establish standardized testing procedures for modified asphalt across all 50 states. Read more

News & Views: Community Campaign Touts Plastic Pipe

In 2007, Cascade, Idaho, began to replace its entire crack-ridden concrete, steel, and cast iron drinking water system with high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. The leaky system was taking its toll on residents, who paid $2.50/1,000 gallons of water in 2007—up from 73 cents in 1993. Read more

DOE Funds Solar Cities News & Views: Funding DOE Funds Solar Cities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) now provides funding for up to 12 cities that demonstrate a commitment to building a sustainable solar infrastructure. Read more

News & Views: Roadway Design Hello, Green Brick Road

Chicago isn't the only “green” city in the Midwest (see “The trickle-down effect,” May 2007, page 36). In Warrenville, located 30 miles west of the Windy City, a plan to improve water quality has resulted in a new way of reconstructing the city's streets. Read more

Feds Target Rural Roads News & Views: Resources Feds Target Rural Roads

The U.S. DOT is making $287 million available to revitalize a national strategy for reducing deaths on rural roads, which account for 57% of all fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Read more

News & Views: Water Supply Water Journeys from Sea to Sink

Wholesale supplier Tampa Bay Water has begun selling water produced by the nation's largest reverse-osmosis seawater desalination facility. So far, the customers are public utilities in Florida's Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties and the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. Read more

News & Views: Operations History-making Union Celebrates Milestone

February marked the 10th anniversary of the nation's largest public-private partnership for municipal wastewater operations. Read more

Composite Bridge Passes Tough Test News & Views: Bridges & Culverts Composite Bridge Passes Tough Test

A full-size locomotive pulling 26 heavy-axle-load coal cars has traversed the world's first composite railroad bridge, opening up the possibility that the corrosion-resistant material is just as viable an option as concrete and steel beams for highway bridges. Read more

News & Views PW Briefs April 2008

By 2030, the U.S. population is expected to grow by 63 million. To recognize environmentally friendly development efforts of new houses, buildings, and roads by using concrete and cement-based products, the Portland Cement Association has launched the Sustainable Leadership Awards. Visit Read more

News & Views: Snow & Ice Control Homeland Superfluous

Remember when getting there was half the fun? Not anymore. Read more

The Only Constant is Change

There are four basic personality types when it comes to change. Knowing how each interprets and responds to change is the key to successfully managing change. Read more

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