January 2008 Table of Contents

Revolutionary Writer Revolutionary Writer

Guillermo Vidal, Denver's public works director, was one of 14,000 children airlifted to the United States as part of Operation Peter Pan in 1961, two years after Fidel Castro and his supporters militarily overthrew the U.S.-supported Batista regime. Read more

Featuring: 2008 World of Concrete's Most Innovative Products A Construction Superstore Comes to Las Vegas

The editors of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, THE CONCRETE PRODUCER, and CONCRETE & MASONRY CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS, all sister publications to PUBLIC WORKS, have joined forces to gather products that comprise the most forward-thinking materials, tools, and equipment on the market. Read more

Fashionably Safe Special report: Safety Fashionably Safe

The International Safety Equipment Association and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have developed a new standard regarding the sartorial requirements placed on safety responders. Read more

Ouch . . . That Hurts! Special report: Construction materials Ouch . . . That Hurts!

Higher energy prices will drive concrete prices up 3% to 5%, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America. Wooden roads, anyone? Read more

Sure Routes to Funding Special report: Streets Sure Routes to Funding

While the pool of money allocated to the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program stands at $147 million, you might want to go after your share of the funding this year before it dries up—or gets reallocated. Read more

Special report: Drinking water Thirst Quenching in Dry Times

The most critical issues facing drinking water managers involve infrastructure repair and replacement, business factors, regulatory matters, water resources, and the workforce. Read more

Special report: From Washington More for the Corps

A new ruling would bring an increased number of “navigable waters” into Army Corps of Engineers' domain. Read more

Special report: From Washington Drops in the Bucket

Infrastructure managers have new and expanded federal funding to tap, but it may fall short of the level necessary to properly fund our nation's infrastructure. Read more

Special report: Operational initiatives The Best Defense

In our annual budget forecast survey, we asked readers two main questions: what they see as their greatest challenge in 2008, and how they plan to address that challenge. Because the EPA drives so much of what the typical PUBLIC WORKS reader does, we sorted responses according to the agency's 10 regions of the country. That, and basic demographic information, will help you put respondents' insightful answers into context. Read more

Special report Putting it All Together

Nonresidential construction is expected to increase 5% this year and 4% next year according to some sources, and the 2008 Outlook—our annual survey of public works budget expectations mirrors these expectations. Read more

Walking the Tightrope Walking the Tightrope

How to cope with discharge requirements that apply lake-specific criteria to streams and rivers. Read more

Bacteria in the Bayous Stormwater compliance Bacteria in the Bayous

In urban waterways, bacteria can come from many sources: storm-water runoff, illicit discharges, wildlife, leaking septic systems, sanitary sewer overflows, stream sediments, wastewater effluent, topsoil, and leaking sanitary sewer systems. Some contribute pollutants during dry weather and some during wet weather. Wet-weather sources of bacteria are particularly challenging to control. Read more

Sorting Out Solids Sorting Out Solids

Adapted from the concept of dry wells that collect and disperse stormwater runoff in parking lots and other large paved areas to the underground, vadose zone recharge wells are dug in the unsaturated zone of sand and gravel material above the groundwater table, commonly known as the vadose zone. Read more

Water reclamation Drought Busters

A desert city recharging ensures long-term water supply with small-footprint technology. Read more

Clearing the Road Project management Clearing the Road

Lake Forest, Calif., had a big challenge. One of southern Orange County's oldest communities, the city was surrounded by shiny new retail centers that were stealing local shoppers and dollars. Further complicating the problem was El Toro Road; the primary roadway to the city's downtown was ranked among the county's most congested streets. Read more

All the right reasons

Eleven ways to justify specifying roller-compacted concrete for a major road or water project. Read more

Concrete paving & repair On a Roll(er compacted concrete)

As infrastructure managers look for ways to economize materials for pavement and water projects, an increasingly cost-effective choice is roller-compacted concrete (RCC). Read more

Out of the Darkness Out of the Darkness

Emergencies occur at the least opportune times. Sink holes appear. Utility lines snap. Storms wash out rights of way. When these things happen, it's absolutely essential that your vehicles and crews be seen, especially if it's at night or in the midst of severe weather. Read more

Ideas & Opinions Ready or Not

Context-sensitive design involves the input of all stakeholders so infrastructure projects can balance economic, social, and environmental objectives while meeting the needs of end users. Read more

Skewed Views Shellfish Mussel in on Water Infrastructure

On a plate, mussels can be delicious. In a water system, they can leave a bad taste in a water manager's mouth. Read more

Skewed Views Motorists Make Concrete Impression

An attorney from the Milwaukee suburb of River Hills, Wis., was exiting northbound I-43 when he found himself stuck. It wasn't bumper-to-bumper traffic that held him in one place—it was the pavement itself. Read more

News & Views PUBLIC WORKS Briefs January 2008

Noteworthy news from around the country especially for industry professionals. Read more

News & Views: Come hell and low water Water Supply

How bad was the drought that plagued much of the U.S. last year? According to Georgia's Gov. Sonny Perdue, it couldn't have been much worse. Read more

Have No Fear (of new ideas) Editorial Have No Fear (of new ideas)

The reporter got it right: preserving good pavement now costs taxpayers far less than replacing battered pavement later. Read more

A la Carte Consulting Services

Though public construction has increased over the past several years, cost-conscious, closely scrutinized owners (that's you) remain loathe to pay more. You're also less likely than private owners to pay early-completion bonuses and more likely to penalize late completion. Read more

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