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Brian Ethridge is the Online Managing Editor for Better Roads and Aggregates Manager. In addition to managing the websites, he's in charge of the daily newsletter and social media accounts for both publications. You can contact him with suggestions, tips and/or opinions at: BrianEthridge@randallreilly.com


More states ban ET-Plus guardrail system

Oct 24, 2014

More states ban ET-Plus guardrail system

The list of state department of transportations to have removed the controversial guardrail end-terminal model (ET-Plus) from its approved highway-products list continues to grow. Ten states (and counting)  have now removed the model, including Vermont, Hawaii, Colorado, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New ...

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Terex Finlay launches 3 new machines, previews 5 others

Oct 24, 2014

Terex Finlay launches 3 new machines, previews 5 others

  Terex Finlay has announced the launch of three new products to dealers and end users. These products include the J-1175 dual power jaw crusher, C-1540 dual power cone crusher and the 693+ inclined screen incorporating innovative Spaleck screen box. The dual ...

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Bay Bridge construction project suspended after causing major traffic issues

Oct 23, 2014

Bay Bridge construction project suspended after causing major traffic issues

Caltrans officials have decided it was best to suspend a big construction project on the Bay Bridge after metal plates used to secure the area were causing major traffic issues. Caltrans crews were in the process of replacing a number of aging ...

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ARTBA now accepting 2015 Globe Awards nominees

Oct 23, 2014

ARTBA now accepting 2015 Globe Awards nominees

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) has announces it's now accepting nominations for its 2015 Globe Awards program.  The annual competition recognizes surface transportation projects and transportation construction firms that utilize exemplary environmental processes to ...

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Iowa DOT adds new colors to 511 road conditions map

Oct 22, 2014

Iowa DOT adds new colors to 511 road conditions map

The Iowa Department of Transportation has made some color changes to its 511 road conditions map. Purple will now mean that "travel is not advised" and light blue will be used to show "wet" conditions. Below is what all of the colors ...

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MnDOT up a creek without a paddle due to mine expansion

Oct 22, 2014

MnDOT up a creek without a paddle due to mine expansion

  The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is now paying for a decision it made nearly a half century ago. Back then, MnDOT decided to save some time and money by cutting a deal with the local mining companies to lease the ...

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Asphalt pavement mixes are greener, more sustainable than ever

Oct 22, 2014

Asphalt pavement mixes are greener, more sustainable than ever

Asphalt pavement mixes are more sustainable than ever thanks to the increased use of recycled materials and energy-saving warm-mix technologies. According to a survey of asphalt mix producers conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) in partnership with the Federal ...

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Bad roads cost Massachusetts drivers $8.3 billion a year

Oct 21, 2014

Bad roads cost Massachusetts drivers $8.3 billion a year

Deficient and congested roads and bridges ends up costing Massachusetts drivers a total of $8.3 billion statewide annually, and as much as 1,900 per driver according to the latest TRIP report. Drivers end up paying so much money annually due to several reasons ...

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MDOT receives ITS Award

Oct 21, 2014

MDOT receives ITS Award

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has won the Best New Innovative Practice – Partnership Deployment award in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) America’s “Best of ITS Awards,” honoring the most innovative, effective and influential achievements in the ITS industry. MDOT ...

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RIDOT redesigned website wins National Award

Oct 21, 2014

RIDOT redesigned website wins National Award

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) newly redesigned website has been named 'Best DOT Website, Without Consultant' by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Communications Subcommittee (Transcomm). Transcomm is comprised of representatives from DOTs across the country. "We ...

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Highway and bridge construction starts on the rise in September

Oct 20, 2014

Highway and bridge construction starts on the rise in September

New construction starts rose 10 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $604.1 billion, according to McGraw Hill Construction. The increase followed an up-and-down pattern during the previous two months, and brought activity to its highest level so far ...

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Several NMDOT employees fired following drunken party

Oct 20, 2014

Several NMDOT employees fired following drunken party

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) had to make the tough decision to fire multiple employees following a party that got too rowdy. The incident happened at Best Western Sally Port Inn where many workers were staying while they were in ...

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