Latest News

  • Sure, it SOUNDS easy to implement technology ...

    Michigan DOT managed 65 employees, 55 contractor and subcontractor firms, and 500 construction workers on a seven-month freeway reconstruction without issuing a single piece of paper. Having saved $1 million via "e-construction," the agency plans to use the process on 400 more projects.

     
  • Could scrap rubber improve roads in cold climates?

    Many transportation departments add rubber from old tires to asphalt mixes. Once confined to DOTs in warmer climates like the Southwest, the process is now being tested in Michigan.

     
  • It’s down to the wire for 25 public works projects

    The North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum has narrowed a list of 400 projects worth $370 billion to these contenders for 2014 Project of the Year. Last year’s was the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Corridor.

     
  • Attention, Oracle and Esri ArcGIS users!

    This advisory will keep a recent Oracle update from crashing your agency's GIS system.

     
  • Relief on the horizon for thirsty Californians

    Construction’s begun on an ultrafiltration pilot project designed by Brown and Caldwell and built by Integrated Water Services.

     
  • Relief a year away for drought-ravaged state

    A $1 billion project to convert Pacific Ocean seawater to 50 million gpd of drinking water for Southern California will begin deliveries in about one year, the developer says.

     
  • Engineering's where the money's at

    Civil engineers can expect to bring home nearly $2 million in lifetime earnings, says a Washington, D.C., think tank.

     
  • Locals spend almost as much on roads as states

    Among other findings, this report states the obvious: "The various levels of government should communicate and operate as partners." In the meantime, cities and counties are increasingly taking matters into their own hands.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • EPA to Fund Border Projects

    Nearly $9 million in grants has been awarded for environmental improvement efforts along the U.S.– Mexico border.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 
 

PW's Network

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn