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    Asphalt versus concrete

    The debate goes on: Which is better, concrete or asphalt? While there is no cut-and-dried answer, a smart public works official will consider the following questions before selecting a material for the next road project: Which pavement option is better for my specific application?

  • In California, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District crews use a three-tined handheld gardening tool to separate pump clog debris into components like these.

    Wastewater utilities take aim at wet wipes

    Sewer "activists" ask consumer goods manufacturers to tell customers not to flush disposable items.

  • Why restrooms aren’t a respite for the disabled

    Here’s how to design facilities that meet standards and the needs of people confined to wheelchairs.

  • How one person can clean out an entire culvert

    When sediment completely blocked a culvert on his property, Concrete Construction Editor-in-Chief Bill Palmer found this nifty tool online. His wife then proved that it works.

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    Is soil-cement right for you?

    Stabilized pavement bases, such as soil-cement and cement-treated base, have provided economical, long-lasting pavement foundations for more than 70 years.

  • Public Works 2016 Salary Survey: As good as it gets?

    Public works professionals are finally receiving raises. Yet many say the increases don’t make up for paychecks weakened by multiyear salary freezes and rising benefits costs.

  • Georgetown streetscape improvement

    Entities develop updated streetscape for upscale Washington, D.C. neighborhood.

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    The return of vitrified clay pipe

    A new generation of engineers is learning why their predecessors specified more than 5 billion feet for the nation's sewers.

  • North America’s 13 Coolest Drinking Water Tanks

    Since 2006 Tnemec Co. Inc. has held an annual contest to celebrate innovative uses of its products. The contest is open to water tanks of any design located in North America.

  • Restoring confidence after a water crisis

    The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 split responsibility for public safety between two government functions. Now, a free resource aims to restore confidence by closing the communications gap between water utilities and health departments.

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    Mill-and-overlay vs. other pavement preservation methods

    How to justify maintaining roads before they fall apart.

  • Outsourcing vehicle parts acquisition

    If your mechanics don't have the right part at the right time, you're wasting money. It may be time to explore an alternative.

  • Small town makes big impact

    For the first time in their history, Morristown, Vermont's highway road crew took on a road reconstruction project and saved taxpayers money by doing most of the work themselves.

  • Culvert improvement saves money

    Public works department and others decide a culvert with reinforced concrete foundation is alternative to replacing bridge.

  • Sidewalk widths

    Can someone narrow a 60-inch sidewalk to 32 inches for 2 feet and then widen it to 3 feet?

  • Mobile app assists visually impaired

    Mobile app lets visually impaired at college campus "see" their surroundings.

  • Horizontal drum mulching attachments help extend the versatility of existing tractors in a public works fleet. The Loftness Tree Hammer is available with a shear bar, which helps increase efficiency and produces finer particle sizes of mulched material.

    Tips for selecting a PTO-driven mulcher

    Horizontal drum mulchers can be pushed or pulled behind a tractor for mulching.

  • Converting sodium lights to LEDs

    Small Washington city makes history with streetlight-driven energy metering. Convincing the local utility to switch from an unmetered flat rate tariff to usage-based billing was key to optimizing savings.

  • Fired City Employee Takes Revenge on Sewage Facility

    Douglas Ellington says he was fired for raising concerns about safety at a Florida wastewater treatment plant. He was arrested for driving his car into the plant and setting it on fire.

  • Illinois' Municipal Partnering Initiative (MPI)

    A joint buying initiative gaining momentum in suburban Chicago has saved participating communities more than $1.23 million since it was launched three years ago. Thirty communities have joined forces to procure a wide range of public works and construction services.


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