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    Revolutionary Writer

    Guillermo Vidal, Denver's public works director, was one of 14,000 children airlifted to the United States as part of Operation Peter Pan in 1961, two years after Fidel Castro and his supporters militarily overthrew the U.S.-supported Batista regime.

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    A Construction Superstore Comes to Las Vegas

    The editors of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, THE CONCRETE PRODUCER, and CONCRETE & MASONRY CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS, all sister publications to PUBLIC WORKS, have joined forces to gather products that comprise the most forward-thinking materials, tools, and equipment on the market.

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    Fashionably Safe

    The International Safety Equipment Association and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have developed a new standard regarding the sartorial requirements placed on safety responders.

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    Ouch . . . That Hurts!

    Higher energy prices will drive concrete prices up 3% to 5%, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America. Wooden roads, anyone?

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    Sure Routes to Funding

    While the pool of money allocated to the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program stands at $147 million, you might want to go after your share of the funding this year before it dries up—or gets reallocated.

  • Thirst Quenching in Dry Times

    The most critical issues facing drinking water managers involve infrastructure repair and replacement, business factors, regulatory matters, water resources, and the workforce.

  • More for the Corps

    A new ruling would bring an increased number of “navigable waters” into Army Corps of Engineers' domain.

  • Drops in the Bucket

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    The Best Defense

    In our annual budget forecast survey, we asked readers two main questions: what they see as their greatest challenge in 2008, and how they plan to address that challenge. Because the EPA drives so much of what the typical PUBLIC WORKS reader does, we sorted responses according to the agency's 10...

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    Putting it All Together

    Nonresidential construction is expected to increase 5% this year and 4% next year according to some sources, and the 2008 Outlook—our annual survey of public works budget expectations mirrors these expectations.

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    Walking the Tightrope

    How to cope with discharge requirements that apply lake-specific criteria to streams and rivers.

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    Bacteria in the Bayous

    In urban waterways, bacteria can come from many sources: storm-water runoff, illicit discharges, wildlife, leaking septic systems, sanitary sewer overflows, stream sediments, wastewater effluent, topsoil, and leaking sanitary sewer systems. Some contribute pollutants during dry weather and some...

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    Sorting Out Solids

    Adapted from the concept of dry wells that collect and disperse stormwater runoff in parking lots and other large paved areas to the underground, vadose zone recharge wells are dug in the unsaturated zone of sand and gravel material above the groundwater table, commonly known as the vadose zone.

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    Drought Busters

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    Clearing the Road

    Lake Forest, Calif., had a big challenge. One of southern Orange County's oldest communities, the city was surrounded by shiny new retail centers that were stealing local shoppers and dollars. Further complicating the problem was El Toro Road; the primary roadway to the city's downtown was ranked...

  • All the right reasons

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    On a Roll

    As infrastructure managers look for ways to economize materials for pavement and water projects, an increasingly cost-effective choice is roller-compacted concrete (RCC).

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    Out of the Darkness

    Emergencies occur at the least opportune times. Sink holes appear. Utility lines snap. Storms wash out rights of way. When these things happen, it's absolutely essential that your vehicles and crews be seen, especially if it's at night or in the midst of severe weather.

  • Ready or Not

    Context-sensitive design involves the input of all stakeholders so infrastructure projects can balance economic, social, and environmental objectives while meeting the needs of end users.

  • Down & Dirty

  • Shellfish Mussel in on Water Infrastructure

    On a plate, mussels can be delicious. In a water system, they can leave a bad taste in a water manager's mouth.

  • Motorists Make Concrete Impression

    An attorney from the Milwaukee suburb of River Hills, Wis., was exiting northbound I-43 when he found himself stuck. It wasn't bumper-to-bumper traffic that held him in one place—it was the pavement itself.


    Noteworthy news from around the country especially for industry professionals.

  • Water Supply

    How bad was the drought that plagued much of the U.S. last year? According to Georgia's Gov. Sonny Perdue, it couldn't have been much worse.

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    Have No Fear (of new ideas)

    The reporter got it right: preserving good pavement now costs taxpayers far less than replacing battered pavement later.

  • A la Carte Consulting Services

    Though public construction has increased over the past several years, cost-conscious, closely scrutinized owners (that's you) remain loathe to pay more. You're also less likely than private owners to pay early-completion bonuses and more likely to penalize late completion.