• 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


    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.