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    The traffic engineering division had to keep track of 65,000 street signs, and the outdated paper-based tracking system in place violated the municipal code that required the department to maintain accurate, up-to-date records of its traffic-control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