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    From APWA: Build the Facility that's Right for Your Operation

    Over the past decade, three Chicago suburbs—Algonquin, Elmhurst, and Arlington Heights—consolidated their multiple-building, patched-together compounds into sleek, modern buildings that increase productivity.

     
  • Controversial Road Project Open for Business

    For half a century, the Red Hill Valley Parkway in Hamilton, Ontario, has had its share of controversy. In 1956, infrastructure managers conceived the expressway project, and the transportation corridor became part of the city

     
  • EPA: No Single Answer to What Constitutes NPDES Violation

    The American Public Works Association's (APWA) first day-long focus on stormwater drew twice as many people as expected on the final day of its annual convention.

     
  • Dancing With the Sweepers

    On Thursday, Sept., 13, actor and TV host John Ratzenberger stopped by the factory of Elgin Sweeper Co. in Elgin, Ill., to tape a segment for John Ratzenberger's Made in America.

     
  • Smart Sign Inventory Works for Nashville

    Session: A Sign of the Times? Nashville's Automated Sign Inventory with Donald Reid, right of way manager, Nashville; and Clifton Ogden, senior vice president, Civic Engineering and IT Inc., Nashville.

     
  • GIS-Based Asset Management Breeds Homers

    GIS-Based Management Solutions: Your "Easy Button": Justin Gough, president, NovotX LLC, Clearfield, Utah.

     
  • Cities Speed Project Delivery by Self-Certifying

    . The key to getting your hands on Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) money is to circumvent the feds as much as possible.

     
  • Public, Private Utilities in Eight States Form Mutual-Aid Network

    . To ensure residents get drinking water and wastewater continues to be treated, utilities in California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas have agreed to share employees, resources, and equipment during emergencies

     
  • Florida City Uses Performance Deficits to Drive Performance Management

    Performance deficits force public works departments to prioritize their performance-measurement efforts. If your council cut you loose—i.e., jumped on the performance-management wagon without providing direction—avoid wasting time and energy by focusing on projects that improve quality of life in...

     
  • Live—again—from the APWA Show

     
  • A Dollar of Prevention = $1000 of Cure

    It's never easy to explain to constituents why a tree that appears to be healthy must be removed. Even if that tree is dying.

     
  • Clean Sweep

    Session: Clean Roads to Clean Air Program.Toronto's transportation coordinator explained how the city replaced its traditional mechanical sweepers with "dustless" regenerative-air sweepers, which remove fine road dust and smog-causing particulate matter.

     
  • APWA Calls for Increased Transportation Funding and Safety

    The APWA SAFETEA-LU Reauthorization Task Force approved a position statement Monday encouraging U.S. legislatures to preserve and enhance federal investment in surface transportation programs.

     
  • Canadian Compost Facility at the Top of the Heap

    Session: Household Organics: Case Studies in Curbside Collection and Composting: Hamilton, Ontario, is home to an impressive, one-of-a-kind compost facility and biowaste-management program.

     
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    Pulitzer Winner Shows Lighter Side of Public Works

    By inviting award-winning humor writer Dave Barry to give the keynote at the General Session on Sunday morning, APWA guaranteed that the 2007 Congress and Exposition would start out with a bang

     
  • You're Driving Economic Growth

    According to USA Today's analysis of Census Bureau data, construction of such public facilities as sewer plants and recreational facilities rose 11.1% in the first four months of the year to a record annualized rate of $257 billion.

     
  • Internet-Based System Boosts Number of Bidders

    Last year, the design and survey, contract administration, inspection, and engineering services departments of Durham, N.C., joined forces to post contract documents such as construction drawings and plats on the city's website.

     
  • Sewer District Cuts $8 Million from Long-Term Control Plan

    Building completely separate pipelines for wastewater and stormwater is an enormously expensive proposition for which federal funds are generally unavailable, and most EPA consent decrees allow just 20 years to pay off the bonds they issue to raise money.

     
  • County Cuts Right of Way Incidents 71%

    When Verizon announced plans to lay 16 million feet of fiber-optic cable throughout Hillsborough County, Fla., infrastructure managers were poised to avoid the chaos that usually accompanies "fiber-to-the-premises" projects.

     
  • APWA Launches New Certification Program

    The public infrastructure inspector program (CPII) is for employees who inspect the construction of infrastructure such as roads, highways, bridges, and dams.

     
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    Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

    Brevity--and clarity--are key when putting together a good sign, as these examples indicate.

     
  • American Public Works Association Exhibitors September 2007

    Products from exhibitors at the 2007 APWA International Congress and Exposition

     
  • Gas Attack

    In the past five years, three relatively large, active landfills with fully operational corrective-action groundwater extraction systems found that gas—not leachate—was contaminating groundwater.

     
  • No More ‘Paralysis by Analysis’

    A schedule is an essential tool for owners, contractors, their staffs, and third parties (such as regulatory agencies) to communicate on a construction project. But if it's hard to understand, or if it doesn't accurately reflect what steps are ahead, it thwarts teamwork. Before you know it, the...

     
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    Pinpoint accuracy

    Much like a mapping program that gives you the wrong driving directions, the privately owned Jacksonville (Fla.) Electric Authority was finding that many of its electric, water, and sewer services were incorrectly mapped.

     
  • Zip it Up

    Usually, full-depth reclamation (FDR) is performed with large, self-propelled reclaiming machines. But road- and street-maintenance managers have discovered they can use less expensive equipment for projects of 1 mile or less.

     
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    FDR Comes to Town

    Usually reserved for rural locations with plenty of wide-open space, full-depth reclamation (FDR) with portland cement has come to the city--specifically, to downtown Reno, Nev.

     
  • California is not Alone

    Many other coastal states, such as Florida, Texas, Hawaii, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Louisiana face unprecedented drought and shortages of traditional water resources such as lakes, fresh water aquifers, and rivers.

     
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    Sea of Life

    The California desalination initiative is expected to yield more than 20 new projects statewide that would supply 400 to 500 mgd of new drinking water by 2020 and provide up to 10% of the state's total water demand by 2030.

     
  • Bret Hodne

    Rising to the challenge

    Planning, funding, hiring, managing—this year's American Public Works Association Top Ten Leaders leverage their skills to keep their communities running.

     
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    No Time for Café au Lait

    New Orleans' recovery is a tale of two cities where repair and rebuilding sit side-by-side with demise and despair. At times it seems that improvements aren't happening fast enough, but city officials say that--considering the damage it suffered--the recovery is just where it should be.

     
  • Keep the Pressure On

    No one can guarantee your vehicles will never have a flat, but if your shop maintains proper tire pressure you'll minimize the possibility of catastrophic tire failure.

     
  • Breathing Room

    Grants benefit public transportation funding while tougher ozone standards endanger it.

     
  • Public Defender

    Since the public sector isn't burdened by the requirement to be profitable, we're free to deliver service based on what's best for the public.

     
  • Down & Dirty

     
  • Close encounters of the garbage kind

     
  • A tasty new weapon in the battle against bottled

     
  • PUBLIC WORKS News Briefs: September 2007

     
  • Big Dig failure penalties may be negligible

     
  • APWA celebrates stellar infrastructure

    Considering the challenges you face--limited resources, funding shortfalls, and "brain drain"--he results you achieve are impressive.

     
  • Will Bridge Collapse Boost Funding?

     
  • A conduit to cleanliness

    Chicago's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is one of a handful of U.S. treatment districts that doesn't disinfect its wastewater before discharging into local fresh water sources--and environmental groups aren't happy about it.

     
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    All in a Day's Work

    For San Antonio's public works director Tom Wendorf, hosting the annual gathering of public works professionals--and mobilizing his 850 employees to ensure a smooth event--is one of his specialties.

     
  • We're there for You

    Stay tuned for our live coverage of the APWA Show in San Antonio, Texas September 10-12, 2007.