Roadside Maintenance

  • 'Guerilla Grafters' make public trees fruitful

    In San Francisco, agro-activists are transforming the city's trees into fruit producers, but should municipal foresters be responsible for harvesting the fruit and keeping away vermin?

     
  • Florida Flood Relief

    Road-and-drainage department proceeds with original canal enclosure plan, despite unforeseen complications.

     
  • Texas DOT awards Atkins a 6-year, $25 million right-of-way and utility coordination contract for statewide P3 projects

    The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has selected Atkins to provide right-of-way (ROW) oversight, compliance review, and utility coordination services for transportation-related public-private partnership (P3) projects throughout Texas.

     
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    Proactive Pruning is Paramount

    Early maintenance practices for young trees are paramount to long-term tree health and survivability.

     
  • Adapt your planting plan

    Selecting tree species with internal genetic traits that promote resilience to external threats reduces the vulnerability of the future urban forest.

     
  • Plant a diverse tree palette

    The goal of every public works program should be to plant as diverse an array of trees as possible.

     
  • A little $ help from your friends

    Crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo can help get projects funded.

     
  • A community works to create a garden

    The Shrewsburry Public Works Department joins forces with its community to bring a garden to life.

     
  • Parks division puts community first

    The South Brunswick Township's Parks Division steps up its game to get the parks ready for summer fun.

     
  • Combined sewer overflow project wins engineering award

    A steep hill in Covington, Ky. down which 6 million gallons of rain poured onto a highway turns from liability into a highly effective stormwater pollution prevention solution.

     
  • Asphalt vs. concrete in trails and sidewalks

    Question: I am in the process of installing a wide sidewalk at our county nursing home. I would like something that’s durable and gives the best ride to the residents.

     
  • My Snow Question for You

    I often talk about the importance of snow removal from public sidewalks and private facilities. Last week I had quite an experience that nearly prevented me from attending a meeting, to which I had traveled more than 150 miles. Thanks to the kindness of strangers, I was finally able to reach my...

     
  • Mobile Apps (& iPads)

    Over the summer, Jim McLaughlin, operations manager for the City of Eugene (Ore.) Public Works Department, showed me several mobile applications he has integrated into his operations to assist with inspections and management of assets. All of their applications have been developed in-house by an IT...

     
  • Flood grouting reduces private side sewer lateral infiltration

    A wastewater utility's business case evaluation for flood grouting. The project earned a Water Environment Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Innovation.

     
  • The department designs many urban forest improvements, such as the median on this new 2-mile thoroughfare with bike lanes and sidewalks, in-house.

    2014 Outlook: Charlotte, N.C.

    The city's Landscape Management Division is leveraging equipment, products, processes, and technology to improve service.

     
  • Led by maintenance supervisor Greg Abeyta, county road crews make 15-minute patches in preparation for a slurry seal and restripe that will add bike lanes to a recently inherited former state highway.

    2014 Outlook: Albuquerque, N.M.

    Rather than float another add-on to the sales tax, we asked the county commissioners to require that franchises be renewed and commit the revenues to street rehab and preservation.

     
  • Sidewalk repairs combine ADA upgrades with decorative elements

    Scored pavement enhances sidewalks in downtown Tallahassee, Fla.

     
  • Watertight tankers transport slurry to processing sites.

    Best management policies for CGR

    How concrete grinding residue is managed varies across the country. It can be spread along adjacent slopes as the operation moves down the road. In some rural areas and areas with closed drainage systems, it's collected and hauled to a landfill.

     
  • KWRU VPS

    Energy costs of gravity vs. vacuum sewers

    Three-year analysis shows one vacuum station is more efficient than multiple gravity lift stations for service areas of similar size and layout

     
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    MDI + ADA SpeakMaster pedestrian alert

    The ADA SpeakMaster is an audible warning that alerts pedestrians of sidewalk closures and provides navigation instructions.

     
 
 
 
 

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