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    Curing blanket roller

    The votes are in: Most Innovative Products of the year!

     
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    Power train protection

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    Executive dashboard

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    Automatic coupler system

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    Access ACI Certification training programs online

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    Flatproofed tire recycling

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    Photo-engraved formliners

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    Repair cracks in concrete pavement and more

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    Most Innovative Products 2009

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  • March 2007 Article Links

     
  • County chooses hosted GIS website

     
  • Natural-gas-powered vehicles

    Environmental concerns make natural gas a natural investment for the right operation. Here are a few natural-gas-powered vehicles on the market.

     
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    Only CNG car on the market

    Environmental concerns make natural gas a natural investment for the right operation. Here are a few natural-gas-powered vehicles on the market.

     
  • Smile for the red light!

     
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    Automatic tire chains

    Keep ice, frost and snow at bay with the latest ice and snow products.

     
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    Tall V plow

    Keep ice, frost and snow at bay with the latest ice and snow products.

     
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    Snow pusher attachment

    Keep ice, frost and snow at bay with the latest ice and snow products.

     
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    Mobile data collection

    Keep ice, frost and snow at bay with the latest ice and snow products.

     
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    All-purpose snow/ice control

    Keep ice, frost and snow at bay with the latest ice and snow products.

     
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    Electric spreader

    Keep ice, frost and snow at bay with the latest ice and snow products.

     
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    Sidewalk snow plow

    Keep ice, frost and snow at bay with the latest ice and snow products.

     
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    WEFTEC prodcuts

     
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    PUBLIC WORKS Trendsetters

    Our list of Trendsetters includes public works movers and shakers—from public officials to everyday heroes to bad guys. Here you can view current and past Trendsetter articles, access Web exclusive materials and more.

     
  • Hey, IRS, Show

    The tax credits the IRS offers to offset the higher-priced environmentally friendly vehicles isn't available to tax-exempt organizations like city government.

     
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    Blacktop Goes Green

    The Missouri DOT continues down the innovation highway by testing earth-friendly pavement markings.

     
  • Alaska city has sign management down cold

    The traffic engineering division had to keep track of 65,000 street signs, and the outdated paper-based tracking system in place violated the municipal code that required the department to maintain accurate, up-to-date records of its traffic-control devices. They needed a cost-effective way to...

     
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    Sewer Spelunkers

    A New Jersey maintenance team saves taxpayers $80,000 a year by bringing inspection in-house

     
  • The wild life

    While the goal of Sarasota County's flood control project was simple—reroute stormwater around homes and into creeks—it produced an unexpected, but welcome, byproduct: luring birds back to the wildlife-barren land.

     
  • For the Birds

    Sarasota County had a problem: Farmers modified the land decades ago to retain water and nourish crops. Because it sloped to the south, excess water flowed in that direction. As developers paved the land to build new homes, the ground's ability to absorb water greatly decreased.

     
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    Home, Sweet Home

    Over the past decade, three Chicago suburb consolidated multiple-building public works compounds into modern buildings that increase productivity.

     
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    New Trucks

    Check out the new hybrid and non-hybrid models of trucks, pickups, and work vehicles.

     
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    Heavy Hitters

    With improvements in hybrid technology and higher-than-average gas prices, the greatest potential for fuel savings may be in Class 3 through 5 vehicles. As is any vehicle using a power take-off (PTO), they're well suited for hybrid technology.

     
  • An Award-Winning Assist

    Infrastructure enhancements like the widening of County Road 540A don't get off the ground without the Fleet Management Division, which repairs, maintains, and fuels nearly 2200 vehicles and pieces of heavy equipment for all county divisions, eight municipalities, several state agencies, and even...

     
  • Countywide Cross-Pollination

    There are many reasons Polk County, Fla., residents and elected officials should be proud. For one, the National Civil League dubbed it an All-American County for its grassroots community programs. And for another, people like working there. That's why it earned a Department of the Year Honorable...

     
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    Learning Curve

    Once someone joins the Chesapeake Public Works Department, they never seem to want to leave. Of the 500 employees on staff, nearly 100 have been there 20 years or more. If you want to know why, ask Jerry Ivory.

     
  • Who's your customer?

    The goal of Fort Wayne's Public Works and Utilities Department is to replace six of the city's 1000 miles of water mains each year.

     
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    Department of the Year

    Fort Wayne (Ind.) Public Works and Utilities Department's quantifiable approach to problem-solving enables public works to deliver better service to one-third more customers with the same number of employees. That's why the department took top honors in our third annual Department of the Year...

     
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    Drinking and Driving

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is poised to exempt transportation departments from having to perform environmental assessments (EA) or release environmental impact statements (EIS) on intelligent transportation infrastructure (ITI) projects.

     
  • Down & Dirty

     
  • N.C. Grader Extends Dirty Proposal

    You may have heard some creative marriage proposals, but here's one you'll really dig.

     
  • Graffiti Busters Get Tough on 6-year-old 'Criminal'

    The blight costs Big Apple businesses and government millions of dollars annually, but after a recent collar in Brooklyn, citizens and officials are wondering if the rules are too tough.

     
  • Public Works News Briefs

    Catch up on news important to the infrastructure industry from across the nation.

     
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    When Good Haulers Go Bad...

     
  • High-Performance Champions

    Graham Richard is on our cover because he

     
  • Unpleasant Surprises

    Three years ago, Cambridge, Mass., made a smart move: it started swapping the incandescent bulbs on its 136 traffic lights with LEDs, slashing its electricity bill. But there was a problem that traffic engineer Jeff Parenti and his team couldn't have foreseen. . .

     
  • Products: Signal, sign & traffic management

    New, and noteworthy products for road signals, signs, and traffic management.

     
  • Understanding satellite-positioning technology

    This glossary sheds light on how unique Albuquerque's new GPS system—the first government-owned system with tri-constellation capability—is.

     
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    Tinkering with the future

    Back when actor John Ratzenberger was a youngster, playtime was a hands-on experience. Barring a blizzard or other weather catastrophe, he and his friends would be outside most days, playing ball or riding their bikes. Other days, he would tinker.

     
  • APWA products

    New, and noteworthy products that were exhibited at the 2007 American Public Works Association Convention.

     
  • The Pipe connection

    The city of Lincoln, Neb., is fast outgrowing its 880 miles of sanitary sewers. To remedy this situation, the Lincoln Wastewater System (LWWS) is upgrading its wastewater collection system. That's a lot of pipe.

     
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    Two for one

    A dual-purpose gravity sewer can take the pressure in a growing city.

     
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    GPS on steroids

    Mesa del Sol is the first large-scale application of Albuquerque's Real Time Global Navigation Satellite System—GNSS—Network (ARTGN), the world's first government-owned, triple-constellation-capable, real-time GPS network.

     
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    Meaningful measurements

    When the city of Milwaukee began using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to manage its 50 buildings, operations and maintenance director Joe Jacobsen didn't know how hard it would be to convince other managers of the true measure of his department's performance.

     
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    From Preventive to Proactive

    Many cities use geographic information systems (GIS) combined with asset management software to manage infrastructure, but buildings often get short shrift. But now forward-thinking facility managers, are also using technology to bring their role out of the basement and into the modern world.

     
  • PUBLIC WORKS 2007 Trendsetters

    Our annual list of people, places, and events that made their mark on infrastructure. From do-gooders to good-for-nothings here are the 50 Trendsetters that shaped, shocked, or otherwise rocked our world over the past year.

     
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    The Bridge that Woke the Nation

    It was only 40 years old when it collapsed Aug. 1, but the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minnesota had been deemed “structurally deficient” since 1997. Experts speculate the steel arch truss bridge collapsed because of weather extremes, vulnerable design, and/or metal fatigue. Following the...

     
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    A great American show

     
  • Dung and disasters

    The EPA has altered the compost and fertilizer listings in the landscaping category. The measure stands to encourage local public works departments to get past previous concerns about the environmental friendliness of the practice, thereby increasing local landscaping options and, in some instances...

     
  • Down&Dirty

     
  • Skewed Views

    Eurpoean towns jettison traffic lights, signs; Florida Stadium leaves fans high and dry.

     
  • Michigan city chips in on ‘green’effort

    Battle Creek is the latest municipality to implement eco-friendly practices in its infrastructure management operations

     
  • Gore, U.N. panel share nobel prize

     
  • One hundred years of concrete pipe

    This year, the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary by looking back on the role concrete pipe has played in the country's history.

     
  • Roadkill disposal runs over water quality

    Employees of the California DOT (Caltrans) have been getting rid of tire-flattened raccoons, deer, and other critters by dumping the carcasses onto a Saratoga hillside.

     
  • California water reuse applauded

     
  • PUBLIC WORKS Briefs

    Catch up on important news, views and events from across the country.

     
  • Big Cities Greener than Ever

    In 2005, the 60 largest U.S. cities spent a record $4.3 billion in maintaining and growing their parks systems. However, green-space advocates maintain more funding is needed to improve urban quality of life.

     
  • Clean Water Reality Check

    While waiting for the EPA's regulatory and enforcement arms to get in sync (which will be a long wait), you can focus on managing public expectations regarding water use.

     
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    Processing Success

    An Oregon city relies on sequencing batch reactor technology to clean up wastewater discharging into the economically vital Columbia River.

     
  • The Shadow of the Bridge

    Eric Steel's documentary

     
  • Sewer cleaning & maintenance October 2007

     
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    Infiltration Elimination

     
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    Vacuum sewer technology

     
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    Sewer Solution

     
  • Water, wastewater, & stormwater products October 2007

     
  • From Micro to Nano

    Although companies are rapidly developing products incorporating nanotechnology, we don't fully understand the nature of these products.

     
  • To screen or not to screen?

     
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    Fish stories

    Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which have been detected at trace concentrations in waters around the world, interfere with hormonal processes and alter the way organisms reproduce and develop.

     
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    Pipe-within-a-pipe

    Avon Lake Municipal Utilities in Ohio found a way to save $1 million on one portion of its $20 million sewer-separation project, which the EPA approved in 2004 and is expected to be fully completed in 2020.

     
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    Making Water Work

    We are in an age where stewards of the nation's water are faced with a triple-fold job: to provide adequate and safe drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater services for a growing population; to reverse the detrimental effects of water pollution, and establish new methods to limit future...

     
  • Ripple effect

     
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    Calculating Risk Versus Reward

    An Excel-based financial-forecasting model enables one county to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant without rate shock.

     
  • Winter-fighting products

    Keep ice, frost and snow at bay with the latest ice and snow products.

     
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    Before the storm

     
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    That which Gets Measured, Gets Managed

    An automated fuel dispensing system enables Madison, Wis., to better maintain virtually all of its 1100 vehicles.

     
  • down & dirty

     
  • Guerrilla gardeners produce green graffiti

     
  • Judge Approves Use of Biosolids

    Overturning an earlier ban, a U.S. District Court has granted the city of Los Angeles and other agencies, businesses, and farmers the right to use biosolids for crop fertilization, landscaping, and other applications.

     
  • Here today, gone tomorrow

     
  • Texas DOT builds innovative bridge

     
  • Bridge-fatigue whiz wins prize

     
  • Restoration plan boasts billion-dollar price tag

     
  • Samples used to fight crime

    When residents are doing something they shouldn't—namely, illicit substances like crystal methamphetamine and cocaine—your influent shows it.

     
  • PUBLIC WORKS Briefs

    Stay up to date with the latest news from the infrastructure industry.

     
  • Pitching in against pollution

    To simultaneously solve the problem of illicit dumping and educate teenagers about the importance of proper sewer stewardship, Pontiac wastewater treatment plant superintendent Dave Sullivan joined forces with Paul Ritter, ecology instructor at Pontiac Township High School, to create a youth...

     
  • What's it worth?

    Until 13 people were killed in the Minneapolis bridge collapse, the average citizen didn't think twice about roads or bridges except to complain about the occasional pothole or decry proposed fuel tax increases.

     
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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.