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REACH Part 2: Avoiding an equipment supply chain backlog

Apr 12, 2014

REACH Part 2: Avoiding an equipment supply chain backlog

By Tina Grady Barbaccia, Editor-at-Large, tinabarbaccia@gmail.com   Construction equipment could go the way of the Sony PlayStation if equipment manufacturers don’t put the framework in place to deal with customs issues that could arise from enforcement from the European Union’s REACH (the ...

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Saving Sacred Lives

Apr 12, 2014

Saving Sacred Lives

  We’re not supposed to admire Sweden because its economic system employs many socialistic practices, ranging from single-payer healthcare to high income tax rates. Still, a recent article in The Economist about traffic safety in that country made it hard not to ...

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Unsteady Ground

Apr 12, 2014

Corps of Engineers denies contractor’s Type 1 differing site condition claim on Iraqi project.   By Brian Morrow, P.C., Esquire   Site conditions that differ from what the contractor expects — including subsurface soil conditions — is one of the biggest risks for many ...

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Seal or no Seal? That is the Question

Apr 12, 2014

Seal or no Seal? That is the Question

The debates continues, but here are some tips to determine the most effective strategy for your agency, whether it’s seal or no seal, for pavement performance and life-cycle cost.   By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor   In the long run, does it pay for ...

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Behind the Design of Colombia’s First Four-Lane Road

Apr 11, 2014

Behind the  Design of Colombia’s First Four-Lane Road

Mario Huertas Corporation won a $400 million, five-year highway contract to design and build this major part of the country’s infrastructure.   With a $20 billion strategy geared toward revamping Colombia’s limited transport infrastructure, the country is tackling a number of ambitious ...

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Snow and Ice Control Equipment and Techniques for Snowfighters

Apr 11, 2014

Snow and Ice Control Equipment and  Techniques for Snowfighters

Through some trial and error in storage, different application equipment and roadway applications, one city’s continued use of liquids has evolved into innovative treatment methods.   By Tina Grady Barbaccia   Last month, Better Roads covered how professional-grade salt-brine making, blending and truck loading ...

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Public vs. Private Distinction

Mar 07, 2014

Public vs. Private Distinction

Why knowing the allowable timeline to bring a lawsuit is important The distinction between a public and private work of improvement is an important one for contractors. Public works of improvements are subject to laws that do not affect private projects. For ...

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Special Report from TRB 2014: Warm Mix Asphalt

Mar 07, 2014

Special Report from TRB 2014:  Warm Mix Asphalt

The incursion of warm-mix asphalt (WMA) into the nation’s bituminous pavements continues unabated. The latest National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)/Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) survey of asphalt producers’ use of recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt find that nearly a quarter of all ...

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The Magic of Rubberized Asphalt

Mar 07, 2014

The Magic of Rubberized Asphalt

As prices for asphalt cement (AC) and polymer have shot up dramatically, agencies and contractors are looking for ways to hold the line on the cost of asphalt pavements.   By Daniel C. Brown   The number of transportation agencies that use recycled tire ...

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Dredged Material Mostly Clay, Sand

Feb 28, 2014

Dredged Material Mostly Clay, Sand

Dredge material today is seen as a valuable resource, and innovative methodologies for its beneficial use are in the infancy stage of development worldwide, Cole and Kobelo write. “It has been determined that due to the physical and chemical composition ...

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The Cheaper the Better?

Feb 10, 2014

The Cheaper the Better?

Government awards contract to second lowest bidder based on ‘Best Value’ determination   In a recent government contracting decision — Matter of IJC Corporation (Dec. 31, 2013) — a bid protest about a contract award to a second lowest bidder based on ...

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Materials that Make a Difference

Feb 10, 2014

Materials that Make a Difference

This once every-three-years trade show boasts innovative materials that deserve a closer look.   By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor   Innovative materials for road and bridge construction will be exhibited at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 in March in Las Vegas, and many of them are worth ...

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