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New Road Products

Aug 06, 2014

New Road Products

By Tina Grady Barbaccia, Editor-at-Large   Text INFO to 205-289-3789 or visit www.betterroads.com/info     Geo-Boy brush cutter comes in wheeled and track options The Geo-Boy Brush Cutter from Jarraff Industries is designed for land clearing and vegetation management. Available in both wheeled and track configurations, the ...

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Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) South Corridor Improvement Project

Aug 06, 2014

Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) South Corridor Improvement Project

A $1.6 billion package of the overall $3.2 billion invested for the freeway and multiple bridges will add nearly 14 miles of carpool lanes to make travel seamless for motorists. By Tina Grady Barbaccia The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is investing ...

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Highway Funding: On the Edge of Disaster?

Aug 06, 2014

Highway Funding:  On the Edge of Disaster?

By Tina Grady Barbaccia, Editor-at-Large, tinabarbaccia@gmail.com   At the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) Mid-Year Meeting in Nashville last month, Walter “Butch” Waidelich Jr., associate administrator for infrastructure at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), told attendees the Generating Renewal, Opportunity and Work ...

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Why Construction Delays Cost Money

Aug 06, 2014

Why Construction  Delays Cost Money

Contractor makes claim against Army Corps of Engineers for delay damages. By Brian Morrow, P.E., Esq. Time is a critical resource in construction, as in “time is money.” In construction contracts, contractors must budget their resources, including labor, materials, equipment, supervision and ...

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The Last Word

Aug 06, 2014

The Last Word

The Roadologist Blog For more blogs from Better Roads, visit BetterRoads.com.   Teen flips car in first 50 feet of first driving lesson By Tina Grady Barbaccia My family and friends often tease me about my driving. Some say I drive too fast, and I’ve ...

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Why Functional Fibers in Pavement and Bridges are Important

Aug 06, 2014

Why Functional Fibers in Pavement and Bridges are Important

Steel and synthetic engineered fibers are enhancing performance in asphalt pavements and concrete.  By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor New research is reaffirming the benefits of steel or synthetic engineered fibers in asphalt pavements and concrete, where they enhance performance, replace fine matter, ...

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APWA 2014: Special Section

Aug 06, 2014

APWA 2014:  Special Section

Learn, earn professional credit, network and see the latest public works products. Compiled by Tina Grady Barbaccia The American Public Works Association (APWA) 2014 International Public Works Congress and Exposition, billed as “The Best Show in Public Works,” will bring attendees more ...

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Strategizing for Safety

Aug 06, 2014

Strategizing for Safety

How the construction team for Minnesota’s Highway 23 Paynesville Bypass completed this project ahead of schedule despite truncated work season.   As with many of the older roadways in the United States, increased traffic has made them congested and ultimately unsafe. Minnesota ...

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Shot blast texturing enhances pavement friction performance

Jul 02, 2014

Shot blast texturing enhances pavement friction performance

A different kind of concrete pavement treatment is shot blasting, also called shot abrading. “Surface texture and friction are the main factors affecting the safety of pavements,” says Yetkin Yildirim, P.E., director of the Texas Pavement Preservation Center at the University ...

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Why Telematics Matter

Jul 02, 2014

Why Telematics Matter

By Tina Grady Barbaccia, Editor-at-Large tinabarbaccia@gmail.com   Telematics. It’s a buzzword in the construction industry. Although it’s not a brand-new concept, and the penetration of telematics on the construction equipment industry as a whole is still somewhat low, equipment operators are starting to ...

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The Traffic Fatality Mystery of 2012

Jul 02, 2014

The Traffic Fatality Mystery of 2012

By Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus   A year ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) raised eyebrows in the road industry with a report showing traffic fatalities in the United States rose a tad more than 3 percent in 2012 after ...

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In the Groove with Diamond Grooving and Grinding

Jul 02, 2014

In the Groove with Diamond Grooving and Grinding

Diamond grooving and grinding are being used to restore rough or polished concrete pavements to ultrasmooth conditions and quell noise – but at a price. By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor Diamond grooving and grinding of aging portland cement concrete (PCC) pavement renews ...

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