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  • Thirsty thieves target California fire hydrants

    Local officials have dissolved a Southern California fire agency after it was caught stealing water for a friend of the department head, and as the state continues to face serious drought, fire hydrants are becoming more of a target.

     
  • Warm-mix asphalt or concrete?

    Warm-mix asphalt may be cheaper initially, but concrete wins on life-cycle costs. According to the Portland Cement Association, that is.

     
  • The rumble strip ruckus

    DOTs installed thousands of miles of rumble strips to qualify for safety stimulus dollars, and FHWA constantly touts how well this inexpensive surface treatment works in minimizing accidents. Unfortunately, not everyone's a fan.

     
  • VIDEO: The half-a-million-dollar sink hole

    According to engineers, it was caused by a city-owned storm drain failure.

     
  • Where to find current parking, striping, signage regs

    QUESTION: A supervisor recently asked me for information on striping and signage of parking lots for ADA compliance, and I found “ADA Business Brief: Restriping Parking Lots” on the Department of Justice website. However, the document is dated January 2002. Is this information still accurate?

     
  • 2010 ADA Regulations: Section 502

    You must read the advisories to better understand how to comply with the regulations.

     
  • NYC maintenance facility gets new life as community building

    The building, in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, is set to be part of Brooklyn Bridge Park and will include an environmental education classroom.

     
  • Water utility chooses asset-management program

    Portland Water Bureau serves roughly one-quarter of Oregon’s residents via its own 2,000-mile supply-and-distribution network as well as wholesalers. This software will help managers allocate resources for maximum impact.

     
  • Tennessee Utility adopts Esri Technology to increase efficiency, cut paper, and speed customer service

    White House Utility District (WHUD)—the state's largest water district by geography—is maximizing efficiency, making better decisions, improving customer service, and enhancing its ability to share information across departments through the Esri digital mapping platform.

     
  • Triad Award Call for Entries

    Hanley Wood’s Commercial Construction Group is seeking entries for the 2015 Triad Award, sponsored by Concrete Construction, The Concrete Producer, and Public Works magazines. This annual award honors outstanding publicly-owned concrete projects that demonstrate innovation, sustainability, and...

     
  • City pilots temporary sidewalk widening

    The Washington, D.C., Georgetown neighborhood is home to three colleges, so imagine the pedestrian traffic during Parents and Family weekends. To alleviate congestion, 16 extra feet of walkway is temporarily added along commercial streets.

     
  • Deadline extended! Cast your vote by Friday!

    Tnemec Co. Inc.'s extended the deadline for voting on Tank of the Year candidates through Fri., Oct. 24. Winners will be highlighted in a 2015 calendar.

     
  • ClearSpan expands HD Buildings product line

    The manufacturer is offering these steel-tubing-and-HDPE fabric structures in three new lengths.

     
  • Permeable clay pavers for streets, sidewalks

    An alternative to installing storm drains that provides more than 12,000 pounds per square inch of compressive strength.

     
  • Earn 2.5 continuing ed credit on Oct. 27

    Ohio DOT Pavement Specialist Craig Landefeld, PE, is among the experts who’ll discuss proper alignment and location of dowels in concrete pavement. Course is designed for engineers, construction managers, project managers, and inspectors involved in placement and/or retrofit.

     
  • Two new loaders from Caterpilliar

    New Advanced Display enhance operator efficiency.

     
  • How to care for your courts

    Nine repair options for aging asphalt sports facilities.

     
  • Will Seattle's innovative streetcar plan work?

    Critics say streetcars are virtually useless as public transit, and agencies wrestle with how to effectively integrate them into congested downtowns. Unlike most cities, however, Seattle's would operate in a streetcar-only lane.

     
  • EPA gives city $67,000 in water support

    The agency's helping the City of Santa Maria, Calif., with Integrated Planning and Permitting Policy (IP3), a relatively new way of managing wastewater and stormwater that won't necessarily pay off in more manageable permits.

     
  • 5 specifications that concrete producers hate

    You may not agree, but here's how National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Research and Engineering Standards committee members responded to a recent survey.

     
 
 
 

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