Streets & Highways

  • Pilot concrete project makes roads safer, more attractive

    For the first time, colored concrete safety barriers are ensuring safety on German roads–and enhancing their visual appeal, too.

     
  • Warm-mix asphalt use up 533% since 2009

    This survey compiled data from 249 producers and 38 state pavement associations. Results include state-by-state breakdowns.

     
  • Our highways' toll on wildlife

    Fall is peak season for roadkill. But we can cut the cost and the carnage.

     
  • 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...

     
  • Nov. 20 webinar: basics of asphalt mix design

    Earn 2 professional development hours (PDHs) by completing a post-webinar test.

     
  • Calculate proper pavement thickness with free online tool

    PaveXpress recalibrates AASHTO design guidelines so engineers don’t specify asphalt pavement that’s thicker than it needs to be.

     
  • Building a memory that lasts

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

     
  • Greenroads awards first non-U.S. project

    A $1.26 billion project that’s part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway Program is the first outside the U.S. to achieve Greenroads certification.

     
  • America: one big pothole

    A former U.S. transportation secretary and congressman took Washington to task for not spending money on the nation’s infrastructure. “Without infrastructure, America would not be the great country that it is,” said Ray LaHood.

     
  • 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 made $8M 'entrapping' drivers with red-light cameras

    So far this year, Chicago has issued 77,000 tickets for red-light violations caused, say irate drivers, by laughingly brief yellow lights. The mayor says the city will refund the money, but $8 million is a lot of revenue to let go of.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • FREE asphalt pavement design tool

    AASHTO guidelines are simplified so roadways and parking lots can be scoped using basic design parameters and traffic data.

     
  • WEBINAR: Internal Curing of Concrete Pavements

    Learn how to both increase productivity on the grade and extend the life of finished pavements.

     
  • Is this the future of green transportation?

    In London and Los Angeles, these innovative transit projects could create more environmentally sustainable methods of moving people and goods.

     
  • Palace du Pillion

    Public works around the world

    Editor in chief Stephanie Johnston's photos of departments at work in France, Italy, and Spain.

     
  • State finally gets design-build law right

    California passed a law allowing projects to be delivered via design-build more than 20 years ago, then kept tweaking it until no one was sure exactly what was allowed and by whom. A new law clarifies all that.

     
  • FREE winter weather forecast

    Should your public works department be preparing for another polar vortex? Find out by attending this free webinar on Oct. 15.

     
  • Buyers beware: Road salt prices are way up

    Communities report prices for the winter-operations necessity are almost 50% higher.

     
 
 
 
 

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