February 2008 Table of Contents

TruckWorks: NTEA Sneak Peak TruckWorks: NTEA Sneak Peak

A sneak peak at some of the products on display at the National Truck Equipment Association's Work Truck Show. Read more

Street art

The stuff hidden underneath the manhole covers of the world ranges from unremarkable to downright disgusting. But just because they're hiding unspeakable stuff doesn't mean that the covers themselves have to be ugly. Read more

Paving Technology February 2008

The latest equipment designed to meet your paving needs. Read more

Special report The truck stops here

While vehicle options are growing in complexity and sophistication, you're under increasing pressure to document taxpayer return on investment. Given these two factors, you can't just buy what you've always bought. Read more

Build it right

Your guide to delivering the vehicle that matches your customers' needs. Read more

Erosion control Friends Indeed

In the aftermath of Florida hurricanes, a partnership helps restore Orange County's canal system. Read more

Disaster blasters Emergency preparedness Disaster blasters

From Oct. 20 through Nov. 7, during one of California's driest years on record, a large swath of the state was engulfed in flames. As in all natural disasters, public works played a critical role. Employees were assigned to fire crews to designate evacuation routes and close roads. Before the last embers were extinguished, they were repairing roads, rebuilding bridges, and reinforcing the fragile landscape that can quickly turn a simple rainstorm into another disaster. Read more

West Nile clampdown Surveying & mapping West Nile clampdown

A technology-driven abatement program limits the spread of disease. Read more

From Garbage to Gold Solid waste From Garbage to Gold

For more than 20 years, the city of Portland, Ore.'s Office of Transportation (PDOT) has experimented with recycling techniques—collecting paper, composting leaves, recycling construction debris, etc. Their trials paid off in fiscal year 2006-07, to the tune of nearly $3.6 million. Read more

Overflow relief

Beginning immediately, wastewater treatment systems with separate stormwater and sanitary sewers can look forward to being inspected every other year instead of annually. Read more

February 2008 News & Views

Midwest water reuse project draws applause; DOT Offers Money for Congestion Relief Read more

News & Views: Staffing Governor Plans to Terminate Engineer Shortage

Schwarzenegger announces a proposal to bring thousands of new engineers to state jobs in California. Read more

News & Views The Price of Pollution

2007 engines are meeting standards, but accessories can't take the heat. Read more

News & Views PW Briefs February 2008

New and noteworthy industry news from around the globe. Read more

Editorial To Err is Human

What to make of the news that the Aug. 1 collapse of the bridge carrying I-35 over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis was due to human error? Read more

All in the Line of Duty

I spent last Monday with New Orleans public works director Robert Mendoza, who delivered what must have been the most complete, short-term lesson possible on managing public expectations. Read more

Do-it-Yourself Purchasing

One employee's unique approach to purchasing has had a major, lasting impact on a whole department. Read more

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