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    PW at the Movies: The Simpsons

    The new Simpsons movie is worth the price of admission, whether you're a die-hard fan or not.

     
  • Balancing Act: Resources for Cities

    As of mid-February, 21 states have active franchise laws in which telecommunications firms such as AT&T, Qwest, or Verizon no longer have to approach each city separately to bring in service.

     
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    Wheel Genius

    In November 2000, the Greater Clark (Clark County, Wash.) Parks District started looking at turning its 56-acre Pacific Community Park into a first-class, multipurpose facility.

     
  • Software & Technology August 2007

    The latest in software and technology projects including project management systems, vehicle tracking, and civil planning tools.

     
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    Shock therapy

    Corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete is a dangerous problem--and all too common for the many bridges in Florida's salt-water environments. It induces cracks and spalls, which compromises structural integrity and public safety.

     
  • 2007 APWA Pre-show planner

    the program roster for the 2007 American Public Works Association International Congress & Exposition speaks for itself. The four-day event offers a wealth of exhibits, seminars, workshops, tours, networking sessions, and special events to heighten your industry knowledge.

     
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    Solid waste products

    The latest products for solid waste tasks including compacters, balers, trucks and more.

     
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    Get what you deserve

    Each year, solid waste haulers pay hundreds of millions of dollars in franchise fees or gross receipt fees to local governments. Based on gross revenues billed to the haulers' customers, these fees compensate cities for the use of their streets and rights of way.

     
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    Pick and place

    Like all equipment, selecting the combination of truck body and tool that will best serve a community's population and density is key to getting the most out of a grapple truck.

     
  • Two Thumbs Up

    Since 2003, nearly 20 state, county, and city transportation departments have installed a new surface overlay that its develope claims prevents frost and ice formation while sealing roadbeds to prevent degradation.

     
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    Dual-purpose epoxy

    The overlay, a patented combination of epoxy and aggregate rock, provides a complete pavement seal to protect infrastructure and provide year-round traction in all weather conditions.

     
  • Telecoms jump into state game

    As of mid-February, 21 states have active franchise laws in which telecommunications firms such as AT&T, Qwest, or Verizon no longer have to approach each city separately to bring in service.

     
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    Balancing act

    Though it's very uncommon for a private utility--electric, gas, or telecommunications--to refuse to move assets that are within the public right of way, disagreements occur and these instances are increasing.

     
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    Clear Vision

    Visibility is vital to safe driving. About 90% of the input we use to make driving decisions comes through our eyes. If vision is diminished, so is advance warning of potentially dangerous situations.

     
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    Material Issue

    Highway departments can continue using cheaper foreign steel for bridge projects, despite attempts by Congress to constrict the practice.

     
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    Just say ‘no’ to privatization

     
  • Seattle sculpture dedicated to surveyors

    Citizens in the City of Goodwill affectionately call the dozen monoliths gracing Warren G. Magnuson Park "Linehenge"

     
  • NYC politician finds landfill-inspired treat distasteful

    The ice cream is named after a landfill that New York City toted its refuse to for decades, until the facility was shuttered in 2001.

     
  • down&dirty

     
  • ‘Epoxy Creep’ blamed in Big Dig collapse

    According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), failure to account for shifting epoxy led to a fatal collapse that could cost the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA) millions of dollars in both civil and criminal penalties.

     
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    EPA stormwater project goes green

    The Ariel Rios South Courtyard project in Washington, D.C. showcases numerous green infrastructure techniques and low-impact development practices.

     
  • Green grants for rain gardens

    A new program in the Chicago suburbs is getting residents to help with the heavy work of improving the village's stormwater system.

     
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    From sludge to fuel

    Five Los Angeles-area sanitation districts have signed on with Atlanta-based EnerTech Environmental, a developer of renewable energy technologies, to convert their biosolids into a renewable fuel, called E-Fuel.

     
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    Yonkers rolls out refuse art

     
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    PUBLIC WORKS Briefs

    Industry news you won't want to miss.

     
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    Just do it

    Your ability to exploit mapping software and communications technology is more important to your department's long-term viability than engineering expertise.