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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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Running Shingles the Right Way

Feb 07, 2014

Running Shingles the Right Way

By Daniel C. Brown   Correctly running recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) and reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) at the same time can be a tricky business. The main economic advantage to doing so, of course, is that you replace expensive virgin binder with ...

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Solutions for a Bankrupt Trust Fund

Jan 08, 2014

Solutions for a Bankrupt Trust Fund

A Republican-dominated Congress under President George W. Bush couldn’t do it. A Democrat-dominated Congress under President Barack Obama couldn’t do it. The current fragmented Congress couldn’t do anything. America’s federal highway program is crumbling faster than our highways and bridges, and ...

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Ambiguous Contract

Jan 08, 2014

Ambiguous Contract

Court denies government’s motion to dismiss contractor’s $1 million claim In the recent case of West Bay Builders, Inc. v. Dept. of the Interior (April 29, 2013), the government’s motion to dismiss West Bay Builders’ claim for almost $1 million was ...

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Expo Engineering

Jan 08, 2014

Expo Engineering

Here’s a sneak peek at the technologies behind exceptional equipment for roadbuilding at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014   Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor   Hundreds of products new to ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 will be on display at that triennial exposition this year, but some of them will be distinguished ...

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The ABCs of RCC

Dec 04, 2013

The ABCs of RCC

Roller-compacted concrete advances its invasion of pavements As roller-compacted concrete inexorably penetrates existing asphalt pavement markets, research into their composition and performance is ramping up as specifications are being fine-tuned by ASTM. Up to the past decade, roller-compacted concrete (RCC) mixes principally ...

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Track-Vision-The backup camera specially designed for heavy equipment.

Nov 13, 2013

Track-Vision-The backup camera specially designed for heavy equipment.

RMT Equipment is launching www.Track-Vision.com”a Web site promoting Track-Vision, its new North American line of safety backup cameras. Blind spots to the front or rear of heavy equipment pose big hazards. Accidents while maneuvering can represent big and unexpected costs ...

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Faulty Process

Nov 06, 2013

Faulty Process

Contractor’s appeal for $2.3 million denied because of improper claim The Spearin doctrine – which originates from the case United States v. Spearin – provides that contractors are not responsible for defective plans or specifications. Instead, the owner impliedly warrants the ...

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Plant Management of RAP/RCA

Nov 06, 2013

Plant Management of RAP/RCA

Processing and storage makes reclaimed asphalt pavement and recycled concrete aggregate useful as aggregate.   By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor   In the past two decades, reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) have taken their places among materials commonly used for ...

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Smooth Going

Oct 02, 2013

Smooth Going

How new technology is changing in the quest for smooth pavements Surveys consistently show that smoothness is the No. 1 criterion by which road users judge pavements. Other studies have found pavements that are built smooth stay smoother longer and provide ...

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