April Upfront News & Views

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A sound option Manufacturers The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission saved 43% on a 7.5-mile renovation near the Ohio border using Centria's Eco Sound Barriers. Comprised of a polymer composite core with galvanized or aluminum substrate, the panels are entirely recyclable and as effective as precast concrete. Weighing 2.25 to 4.25 pounds/square foot, the 1,800-foot-long, 15-foot-tall panels were shipped in six truckloads. Photo: Centria

These fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) pile jackets don't have to be sandblasted for epoxies to form an air- and watertight seal. Photo: Molded Fiber Glass Construction Products

Fleet department leads by example Operations Chicago is the first Illinois city to add a diesel hybrid utility truck to its inventory of lower-emission vehicles. Once Department of Streets and Sanitation crews reach a worksite, they'll turn off the Navistar DuraStar and use the electric power take off to lift, lower, rotate, and extend the boom at heights of up to 40 feet. “A hybrid truck used heavily for aerial bucket work versus transportation could reduce fuel usage by 50% when compared to a standard aerial bucket truck,” says Fleet Management Commissioner Howard Henneman. Photo: Navistar

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