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    Steering kids toward science

    Where are the engineers of tomorrow going to come from if we're already so short on talented candidates today? The President's Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) seeks to do just that.

     
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    Roadworks accessories

    The latest in roadworks accessories.

     
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    Save asphalt–up the RAP

    It may be time to consider means for increasing RAP content of asphalt pavement mixes even further, especially in light of the increasing oil prices that directly affect the cost of asphalt.

     
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    Concrete repairs: Fast and long-lasting

    Repair and maintenance often play a role in the pavement selection process.

     
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    Construction aches and pains

    These tips will keep the road smooth and the customer satisfied.

     
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    Automating asphalt compaction

    Virtually all roller manufacturers in the U.S. market are removing the art from asphalt compaction and making it more of a science. BOMAG Americas, the Hamm Compaction Division (Wirtgen America), Ammann America, and Sakai all offer some version of intelligent compaction.

     
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    Utility microsurgery

    Those who embrace the innovation of small-hole or keyhole technology are achieving benefits and cost-savings for themselves, their stakeholders, and the municipalities where they operate.

     
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    Creative contracting

    There's nothing small about the plan known as Better Jacksonville. But the largest, most costly, and potentially most publicly disruptive part of the Better Jacksonville program is the roads improvement portion.

     
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    Cold patch with a twist

    John Ackerman, general manager of Everett, Wash.-based YK Products LLC, explains the innovative U.S. Cold Patch.

     
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    Water main accessories

    The latest in water main accessories.

     
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    Advances in traffic signal control

    Nothing gets a public works official's phone ringing with angry calls quite like recurring bumper-to-bumper congestion on a municipality's roadways, and with towns all across the country experiencing record growth, traffic is becoming a quandary that needs to be dealt with efficiently, creatively...

     
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    Software streamlines California water agency

    GBA Master Systems software allow public water officials to deftly hurdle obstacles.

     
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    Taken by storm

    On Sept. 4, 2004, Hurricane Frances struck Florida with high-velocity winds and more than 13 inches of rain during the storm's slow passing. Even though replacement of Lake Sherwood drainage well was already in the works, the flooding caused by Hurricane Frances served as a reminder of how urgently...

     
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    Bringing on new plant

    Ask anyone who's created a new water treatment plant or revamped an existing one, and you'll likely hear about the complexities. What the Earth Tech team has learned about designing in quality for this new operation may help your city succeed.

     
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    Setting the next standard

    Today, GIS and SCADA have been so thoroughly built in to functions from environmental and construction permitting to billing and customer service that public works managers may not remember how their agencies functioned without them.

     
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    Finding help from the feds

    Local public works officials and federal bureaucrats often find themselves partners and adversaries at the same time. Bridging those gaps requires a relentless focus on open communications.

     
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    The cost of e-waste

    With the life cycles of electronic equipment shrinking, the pile of junked gear mounting, and attention from regulators rising, e-waste is quickly becoming a highly visible and potentially volatile solid waste issue.

     
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    Risky business made less risky

    Public works agencies and construction managers must adopt a comprehensive, institutional approach to identifying and mitigating risks that may be less obvious but can disrupt projects nonetheless.

     
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    Soap ingredient mucks up agriculture

    According to a recent study, an ingredient in antibacterial hand soap remains in municipal sludge after waste-water treatment and accumulates in crop fertilizer.

     
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    Dam garners engineering award

    The Saluda Dam Remediation Project in Columbia, S.C., has received the American Society of Civil Engineers 2006 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award.

     
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    Katrina hits wastewater revenues

    According to the Water Environment Federation (WEF), wastewater utilities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama stand to suffer from lost revenue.

     
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    Guide sorts out tricky transportation law

    The American Public Works Association (APWA) offers a resource guide on the SAFETEA-LU federal transportation law, intending to help officials sort out the complicated legislation and determine how it affects them.

     
  • Work zone fatalities take spotlight

    Transportation officials from across the country gathered in the nation's capital in April to increase awareness of the growing number of work zone accidents and fatalities each year.

     
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    Iowa bridge marks technology milestone

    A four-year research partnership between the Iowa DOT (IDOT), Iowa State University (ISU), and Lafarge North America has lead to the opening of an innovative concrete bridge in the Hawkeye State.

     
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    PUBLIC WORKS BRIEFS

    News from the field.

     
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    Wrestling with GASB 34

    When the Government Accounting Standards Board issued Statement 34 (more familiarly known as GASB 34) in 1999, it constituted the group's first major change in reporting requirements since 1935. Municipalities all over the country must comply with its demands, and implementers are finding the...

     
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    Career paths

    With our public works experts retiring or moving on to second careers, we all know there will be a shortage of experts in the not-so-distant future. By taking a high school or college student under your wing, you can mentor the public works officials of the future.