Roadside Maintenance

  • Help these public projects win a trip to Vegas

    Annual CREWS THAT ROCK finalists include city sidewalks, a bridge, and a tunnel. Vote here by Dec. 26. The two winning crews will receive a trip to World of Concrete in February in Las Vegas.

     
  • U.S. Access Board: Board Sponsored Study Examines Impacts of Rough Surfaces on Wheelchair Traffic

    A study funded by the Board was recently completed on how the roughness of pathway surfaces impacts wheelchair travel.

     
  • They’re not walking ON water, but …

    ... they are walking OVER it. Tapping into a growing trend, London's newest tourist attraction is a glass floor in the upper walkways of Tower Bridge.

     
  • How to save 25% on a wayfinding program

    Not involving public works from the beginning will increase costs.

     
  • How FHWA spends its money

    According to the General Accountability Office, most Federal Highway Administration funding goes toward improving roads and bridges (64%). That doesn't leave a lot for the many activities required to plan and build safe roadways, particularly if they're also going to be used by bicyclists and...

     
  • Building a memory that lasts

    Parks department overhauls one of the nation’s largest war memorials.

     
  • No environmental permitting necessary!

    The most recent highway bill directed U.S. DOT to list projects that don’t require full National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. These new categorical exclusions (CEs)  offer excellent partnering opportunities for highway and rail projects.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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...

     
 
 
 
 

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