• Funding for capital equipment

    2006 public works funding forecast

    Developing and monitoring budgets is not the favorite task of most public works professionals. Having the money to operate and develop the infrastructure, though, makes budgeting a necessary evil. For most cities, counties, and states, that evil is a little less onerous for 2006.

     
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    Coming soon to a garage near you: new emissions standards

    Are you prepared for the next generation of emission standards? Are you prepared to transition to a new diesel fuel? Are you prepared to incorporate new diesel engine technology into your already mixed fleet of diesel engines?

     
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    How to hire a construction management firm

    Most consulting firms today offer “construction management services.” However, the interpretation of construction management and the services it entails greatly varies. According to the Construction Management Association of America, “construction management is a professional service that applies...

     
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    Cracking the water code using bioinformatics

    When it comes to tackling public health threats, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That's the thinking behind the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to award two grants—totaling $9 million—to further bioinformatics studies at two university research centers.

     
  • World of Concrete's 2006 Most Innovative Products

     
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    Bridging the gap

    The Pleasantville toll plaza near Atlantic City, N.J., spans 13 lanes of traffic, including four high-speed Express EZ-Pass lanes. With the toll plaza administration and parking area on one side of the expressway, it was unsafe for toll workers to cross without traffic-disrupting lane closures.

     
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    Underground utility location made easy

    Buried infrastructure (such as gas, phone, cable, electric, water, and sewer) is critical to all public works departments; it's a form of buried treasure. And, like buried treasure, underground pipe and cable can be hard to find.

     
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    Making corrugated steel pipe culverts last

    The demanding role expected of drainage culverts is to ensure the control of free-flowing water, guarding against flooding and soil displacement. Culverts complement the creeks and channels that intersect roads and highways, rural driveways, runways, and paths, enabling safe and easy auto crossing.

     
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    Sustainable park development

     
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    ‘Green’ building gets the gold

     
  • Ensuring quality shotcrete work

     
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    Shotcrete done right

    The concrete dam that created Dix Reservoir in Barre, Vt., was constructed in 1950. Over decades of service, erosion and deterioration became increasingly apparent on the dam's spillway and training walls. Water began seeping through fine cracks and other damaged areas. In 1978, when the U.S. Army...

     
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    Battling the enemy

    Corrosion at wastewater treatment facilities gets little attention from upper-echelon managers and policymakers but is all too familiar to those who actually operate and maintain the plants. Until this year, the 20-volume ASM Handbook did not even specifically address corrosion in wastewater...

     
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    Road breaks new ground

    Construction crews along Georgia's Interstate 285 have done more than reconstruct the roadway's shoulders—they have made history.

     
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    Upgrading to Class A anaerobic digestion

    More utilities are looking at producing Class A biosolids from municipal wastewater sludges as a way to reduce their regulatory requirements and improve their program's image with the public. The question is, what is the best way to convert an existing Class B biosolids digestion system into a...

     
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    Letter to the editor

     
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    Industry leader garners award

     
  • Communities lauded for smart growth

     
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    City receives water protection award

     
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    Water reclamation facility recognized

     
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    Association presents design-build awards

     
  • Desalination research lands $1.7 million

     
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    Pervious concrete symposium announced

     
  • PUBLIC WORKS Briefs

     
  • Carry that weight

    Despite our best efforts, government can't solve every problem. We run our cities as well as we can with what we have and hope for the best. And sure, we don't mind if the feds or the state gives us some money, but we don't really expect it, nor do we even necessarily think it's fair that they do...