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    2013 Hot Products: Worth another look

    As we close the books on one year and turn the page to the next, we thought it was worth taking one last look at what Public Works readers decided were the most interesting products of 2013.

  • 2013 Most Read Features

    Here are the most read features from Public Works magazine in 2013.

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    Water utility caught in border dispute

    You think you've got problems? Imagine not knowing exactly which state your pumps are supposed to be in.

  • The eyes have it

    Industry has developed devices to either improve vision or to alert drivers to objects in blind spots.

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    Sold! Sarah Palin's former city vehicle

    The public works department in the City of Wasilla, Alaska, got five times the vehicle's Kelley Blue Book value on eBay.

  • Ford, Americas truck leader, adds the 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew® and STX Sport Package to its lineup, offering entry-level and value-oriented truck customers capable, roomy and stylish new options.

    Half-ton truck with CNG option

    The Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew is outfitted with high-functioning engine options.

  • Heavy-duty axle configuration

    A 57,000-lb tridem rear axle and 23,000-lb front axle enhance traction in demanding off-road conditions.

  • Dual-fuel pickup truck

    The Ram 2500 travels 225 miles on CNG alone or 745 miles when equipped with a 35-gal. reserve tank.

  • VIDEO File: Public Works' 2013 Highlight Reel

    A look back at 2013's five most-popular video headlines.

  • Shorter cab increases maneuverability

    The T880's hood is made of Metton, a lightweight composite material with excellent impact resistance.

  • Warrantied propane fuel system

    The F-650's ROUSH CleanTech chassis cab fuel system is covered under Ford's warranty.

  • Low-emissions medium-duty truck

    Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine makes the International DuraStar the company's first medium-duty truck with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) diesel emissions aftertreatment.

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    Cargo van with mobile workstation

    A wide floor area with squared-off wheelwell housings maximizes cargo space in the NV 3500.

  • A wise educational choice for 2014

    Trying to spread limited travel and continuing-education resources as far as possible? This is the only annual convention solely for North American city, county, state, special district, and township public works professionals.

  • 4-part Variable Speed Drives webinar series

    Participants who complete the full series earn 4 Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits from the Hydraulic Institute. Advance registration required before first session on Jan. 9, 2014.

  • Low-speed electric truck

    This quiet low-speed vehicle (LSV) costs 90% less to operate than conventional models.

  • All-purpose vocational vehicle

    The Model 567 can be specified for increased payloads and optimized weight distribution.

  • Grace under pressure

    The city of Chesapeake, Va., public works department formulated department values printed on cards to instill a sense of pride and ownership among its employees.

  • Military service is a family affair for Minnesota paving contractor Rich Carron, a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War. The emblem is in deference to his father-in-laws 27-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps. Richs son, Brent, suggested putting military logos on trucks as a visual way for Valley Paving to support U.S. armed forces. Photo: Kenworth

    Returning veterans to work

    Valley Paving in Minnesota has painted four of its trucks with the logo of a branch of the U.S. military. Owner Rich Carron is a Vietnam veteran.

  • If you've never conducted a rate study, or you want to update one that's several years old, the process can be broken down into eight steps.

    8 steps for an accurate cost-of-service analysis

    Use this methodology to explain your agency’s true costs and revenue needs to elected officials.

  • The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country adds a new level of tough truck luxury to the lineup with a unique chrome grille with horizontal chrome bars, halogen projector headlamps and body-color front and rear bumpers. Unique 20-inch chrome wheels with P275/55R20 all-season tires are standard, as are chrome body side moldings, door handles and mirrors.

    Lighter, stronger pickup trucks

    First pickup trucks since 2011 to achieve 5-star overall vehicle safety ratings by the NHTSA.

  • Multipurpose extreme-terrain vehicle

    XTD carries and powers drills, pumps, jackhammers, augers, and log grabs.


    Versatile refuse collection vehicle

    Half/Pack Freedom navigates tight material recovery facilities and dump sites.

  • Mid-range articulating cranes

    Articulating cranes have 8,380 lbs. of lift capacity.

  • Two-way dump body

    Dump body features quick-drop tailgate and integrated tarp brackets.

  • What do women want?

    What should we be doing differently or better to make the magazine experience better for you?

  • Track-drive power buggy

    AT-16 provides smooth transport on grades, inclines, and soft soils.

  • Aluminum classic service van

    The new CSV is at least 50% lighter than comparable steel truck bodies.

  • Masters of Multitasking

    The Nether Providence Township Public Works Department saves money by doing most work in-house and coming up with creative ways to get the job done.

  • Alternative fuel vehicles: U.S.

    Statistics about alternative fuel vehicle use in the U.S.

  • Alternative Fuels Management Certification

    Here is an online course designed to provide an executive-level overview for senior managers and develop core competencies for middle managers.

  • Electric truck lift

    Reliable alternative to lift trucks with internal combustion engines.

  • Electric vehicle charging station

    Power station converts 120V circuit into a 240V circuit.

  • 550-gallon water trailer

    Water trailer controls dust and washes down equipment on jobsites.

  • Sweeper types in descending order of popularity

    Specify the technology that meets your debris removal, maneuverability, and off-loading needs.

  • Know the WOC

    A preview of World of Concrete 2014 for the public works industry.

  • Natural gas vocational truck

    Heavy-duty utility, construction, and refuse applications are no sweat for the 114SD CNG.

  • Not-so-complete streets

    In the struggle to accommodate vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and public transit, cities end up with too much or too little parking. Here's how to avoid that.

  • Trendsetter: Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter

    Rapper Jay-Z was honored at the United Nations' Global Leadership Awards Gala for bringing clean water to those in need.

  • Trendsetter: Susan Seacrest

    In 2007, Susan Seacrest invested $500,000 in the Groundwater Foundation, which today has 5,000 members worldwide.

  • Trendsetter: Leonard Phillips

    Leonard Phillips' Online Seminars for Municipal Arborists website is almost eight years old and is still free.

  • Trendsetter: Boston's Big Dig

    The Big Dig is finally complete and the city has kicked off its latest effort to create a "better city."

  • Trendsetter: Chris Finberg

    Chris Finberg developed a process of treating asphalt with a hydrophobic sand mixture to avert water intrusion.

  • Trendsetter: Linda Jones

    During Linda Jones' six years at Smith College, the engineering program earned accreditation and is among the best in the nation.

  • Trendsetter: E-Waste Working Group

    The Congressional E-Waste Working Group educates consumers about e-waste's negative effects.

  • Trendsetter: City of Daphne, Ala.

    The city has worked with Earth Clean Technologies to pilot a biodiesel plant that uses used cooking oil as feedstock to produce highly efficient fuel.

  • Trendsetter: Bill Vanden Brook

    Bill Vanden Brook has guided Wisconsin's capitol city toward adopting more green practices.

  • Trendsetter: MaryAnn Marrocolo Tierney

    MaryAnn Marracolo Tierney is administrator of FEMA's Region 3 office in Philadelphia.

  • Watch innovation as it happens

    The 2014 World of Concrete will feature several live concrete demonstrations you won't want to miss.

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    VIDEO: smart snow removal, or a dead-end plan?

    Public works leaders in Kansas City have announced that dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs will likely be last on the list for snowplowing, because of prior problems with plows getting stuck.

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    VIDEO: Close-up on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East span

    San Francisco recently celebrated the completion of the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction project. Here's a look at some of the highlights.

  • VIDEO: body parts found at water treatment plant

    What’s the most gruesome thing your crews have found out in the field?

  • 5 out of 10 public works departments chosen!

    That means we need five more candidates. For what, you ask? For a profile in our January issue.

  • County public works earns new sustainability award

    A stream restoration is the second project nationwide to be completed using the Envision green-infrastructure system. Like the first, it involved remediating a brownfield.

  • And the winner is … warm-mix asphalt

    Introduced to the U.S. less than 10 years ago, warm-mix asphalt represents one-quarter of total mix tonnage. The National Asphalt Pavement Association just received an international award for its role in the material’s acceptance.

  • To the rescue

    Oregon's Eugene Water & Electric Board is doing the same amount of work with 16 fewer vehicles.

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    Breakthroughs in bridge design

    Bridge designers and engineers are about to start applying the advanced modeling techniques, materials, and analyses that architects use to conceptualize innovative and functional buildings.

  • Public (works) Enemy No. 1

    Surprisingly (at least to me), it’s not stormwater. According to preliminary Public Works survey results, readers expect pavement construction and maintenance (i.e., streets and roads) to be their department’s greatest challenge next year.

  • Vertical-axis wind turbine

    VisionAIR vertical-axis wind turbine is rated to generate 3,600 kWh/yr. at 5.5 meters/sec.

  • Learn how to avoid a top OSHA violation

    3M, Capital Safety, Elk River, and Honeywell Safety Products fall-protection experts will conduct training exercises twice a day during World of Concrete Jan. 20 – 24, 2014, in Las Vegas.

  • Less than 70 tickets for Bon Jovi and Hillary Clinton left!

    On Thurs., Nov. 21, former First Lady, New York senator, and U.S.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton "opens" for the band. Together, they kick off the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, the world’s largest event dedicated to green building.

  • Reflection collection

    A highway department's path to meeting federal retroreflectivity requirements.

  • Snap! You’ve been caught

    More communities are beginning to use red light and speeding cameras. Are they safe? Are they effective?

  • Water loans: a solid investment

    Bonds issued under clean water and drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) programs enjoy very strong and stable credit quality, says Standard & Poor's Ratings Services. There's nothing to indicate that's going to change.

  • Graywater harvesting system

    The system removes biological and chemical contaminants, just like a municipal treatment train.

  • Remote environmental monitoring, control

    GrayWolfLive enables its customers to access indoor and ambient air quality data.

  • Do you work with one of these up-and-comers?

    Since 2008, the American Public Works Association has chosen a slate of members to participate in a free (for the most part) year-long program of leadership and management training. These 17 men and women are the Emerging Leaders Academy Class of 2014.

  • Temporary wall, corner guards

    Centurion for Doors snaps on jambs and headers to protect against jobsite gouges, nicks, and scratches.

  • Transforming a community eyesore

    How Royal Palm Beach, Fla., mitigated 50 years of herbicides and pesticides.

  • To transition to a hybrid alternative-energy system, power to the facility was shut down at 4 p.m. on a Friday so final connections to the ground-mount  solar array could be made. Then the local utility, Xcel Energy, switched out meters. A final electrical inspection was made and then start-up testing conducted.

    Let the sun shine

    Small city in Minnesota is the first in the state to implement a public-private partnership for solar-electric energy.

  • Rolling steel doors

    Insulated rolling steel doors provide LEED post-industrial and post-consumer recycled content and durable design credits.

  • Help stamp out ‘faux flushables’

    What happens to sewer systems when household wipes are flushed down the toilet.

  • 12 steps to a safe construction site

    A white paper produced by The ACE Group outlines the steps needed to build a safe construction site.

  • OSHA's top 10 violations

    Fall Protection tops the list of OSHA's most-cited workplace safety violations.

  • WEFTEC 2013 wrap-up

    A look at the Operator Ingenuity Contest winners from teh 86th Annual WEFTEC conference.

  • Weekly Watch List: 3 videos that prove you're not alone

    The ups (and downs) of public service are pretty much the same everywhere. Watch how solid waste managers in New Mexico and Ohio are handling recycling and collection challenges; commiserate with a county road department over permitting.

  • Happy 40th birthday, World of Concrete!

    And (at least) five reasons to head for Las Vegas in January (in case you need any.)

  • Strategic Partnership Betweeen S.E. INTERMAT and Hanley Wood, LLC to Develop World Of Concrete Europe

    S.E. INTERMAT, owner and organizer of the INTERMAT trade shows, and HANLEY WOOD, LLC, and organizer of World of Concrete, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a new event, “World of Concrete Europe.”

  • The Weekly Watch List: check out these public works videos

    Get the latest on savings from the Los Angeles' LED streetlight retrofit program, and find out what one city is planning to do with it's brand new public works facility.

  • Submit your cool concrete project by Nov. 4

    Public works departments use concrete in very eye-catching ways in everything from crosswalks to plazas to pools. Public Works sister publication Concrete Surfaces is looking for ONE project that shows how decorative and/or polished concrete transformed a government facility. The sooner you submit...

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    Does your concrete crew rock?

    Winners of World of Concrete's annual "Crews that Rock" competition get a $1,500 airline credit for the Las Vegas trade show Jan. 21 - 24, 2014. All submissions must be received by Nov. 8, 2013.

  • Knuckleboom manufacturer receives national contract

    Lightning Loader grapple truck maker is now a National Joint Powers Association “Grounds Maintenance with Related Equipment, Accessories and Supplies” vendor.

  • Brooklyn Park Police Officers and volunteers helping out the "Kids". This view is looking from the south end of the pond to the north end.

    Reeling in some good, clean fun

    The public works department jumps in to help the Brooklyn Park Police Department build a permanent fishing pond for the community.

  • Plymouth Township public works employees built a memorial in honor of a police officer killed in the line of duty.

    Fallen, but not forgotten

    When Officer Brad Fox was shot and killed in the line of duty, the public works department wanted to honor their fallen coworker by building a memorial.

  • Watertight tankers transport slurry to processing sites.

    Best management policies for CGR

    How concrete grinding residue is managed varies across the country. It can be spread along adjacent slopes as the operation moves down the road. In some rural areas and areas with closed drainage systems, it's collected and hauled to a landfill.

  • Webinar of the Week

    Government employees get a discount on this Nov. 4 webinar : "What You Absolutely Must Know About QA and QC in Highway & Roadway Construction."

  • The Weekly Watch List: must-see public works videos

    Find out how one Canadian city is planning to save money on snow clearing and get the latest on an FBI investigation of water supplies in the Midwest.

  • The negative consequences of U.S. energy independence

    Shale oil and natural gas production are expected to add $125 billion to federal and state coffers and create thousands of jobs by 2020. That's great news. But one thing that gets lost in the drive to reduce reliance on foreign energy is how getting there impacts infrastructure assets.

  • Free registration for trenchless show

    NASTT's 2014 No-Dig Show Municipal & Public Utility Scholarship Award is now open. Deadline is Nov. 15, apply online.

  • 'Faux flushables' attack U.S. sewers

    Not everything labeled "flushable" should be. “Dispose of properly" is meaningless messaging for consumer goods delivered via non-woven material – otherwise known as wet wipes. "Sewer activists" are fighting back.

  • Five ways to make your facility more eco-friendly

    In May, Public Works owner Hanley Wood LLC bought the world’s largest green-building trade show from the U.S. Green Building Council, developer of the LEED rating system.

  • Graywater harvesting system

    Recycle shower and sink, washing machine, and dishwasher wastewater into a steady and reliable water supply for a commercial or institutional building’s toilet flushing requirements.

  • Vertical-axis wind turbine

    Power streetlights in off-grid locations or complement a solar panel installation with the VisionAIR vertical-axis wind turbine.

  • Temporary wall, corner guards

    Made of pre-formed, 100%recycled paperboard, Centurion for Doors snaps on jambs and headers to protect against inevitable jobsite gouges, nicks, and scratches.

  • Remote environmental monitoring, control

    GrayWolfLive enables customers who own the company’s AdvancedSense, WolfPack, or DirectSense meters to access indoor and ambient air quality, industrial hygiene, LEED IEQ Credit 3.2, and HVAC data and attached notes (audio, text, photos, etc.) from any Web-enabled device and adjust log intervals...

  • Insulated rolling steel doors

    The Thermiser Max and Therm-Master exceed 2012 International Energy Conservation Code air-infiltration requirements by 34%.

  • The Weekly Watch List: 3 videos you NEED to see

    See what the mayor of Nashville, Tenn., says about how stormwater investment is paying off, and find out where new, higher, speed limits have been approved.

  • Is this the first truly clog-free permeable paver?

    This EPA-recognized stormwater-infiltration Best Management Practice (BMP) earned a 2013 Water Environment Federation Imagine H2O award for at least two reasons.

  • Polymer-free biosolids separation (VIDEO)

    Not just spin. Revolution. That’s the tagline for a U.S.-made dewatering centrifuge that earned a 2013 Water Environment Federation (WEF) Innovative Technology Award.

  • A sure-fire way to become a 21st-century water utility

    The author of our 2011 cover story shared how his water and wastewater utility protects assets against earthquake, fire, and other natural disasters at WEFTEC 2013’s “Water Thought Leaders: Lessons Learned From Great Water Communities.”