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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


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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Success regardless of gender: Kari Karst’s BX Civil & Construction

Oct 17, 2014

Success regardless of gender: Kari Karst’s BX Civil & Construction

  A successful woman-owned highway construction company, while not unheard of, isn’t something you read about every day.  In fact, only eight percent of construction businesses in the United States are currently owned by women. Kari Karst, owner and president of BX ...

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WisDOT issues deer warning

Oct 17, 2014

WisDOT issues deer warning

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is worried that there will be an increase in deer and vehicle crashes this fall. WisDOT is asking drivers to be extra cautious of deer, especially during October and November which is mating season ...

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Gov. Scott Walker considers replacing Wisconsin's gas tax

Oct 16, 2014

Gov. Scott Walker considers replacing Wisconsin's gas tax

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is considering replacing the state's gasoline tax with a sales tax on gas and alternative vehicle fuel sources to stabilize long-term transportation funding. However, Walker offered few specifics, and the impact of charging a sales tax to consumers at ...

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Frantz Filter bypass system has been reengineered

Oct 16, 2014

Frantz Filter bypass system has been reengineered

Purchased this year by Lubrication Specialties, Inc. (LSI), Frantz Filter has been rereleased with a superior filter media. LSI, the makers of Hot Shot’s Secret products, have reengineered the product’s filter media to better deliver an endless supply of pure, ...

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