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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


Man steals Caterpillar excavator and other construction equipment

Sep 17, 2014

Man steals Caterpillar excavator and other construction equipment

Police have arrested a man in Beaufort County, N.C., after he allegedly stole a Caterpillar excavator and other construction equipment from his employer. The thief, Herbert Lee Garriss, 46, has been charged with three counts of larceny. Authorities say Garriss stole a Caterpillar excavator, a ...

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New use of carbon fiber grid in precast concrete piles

Sep 17, 2014

New use of carbon fiber grid in precast concrete piles

U.S. Patent 8,677,720, “Precast concrete pile with carbon fiber reinforced grid,” is a new technology promising to dramatically extend the service life of precast concrete bridge piles by dramatically improving their corrosion resistance through the use of carbon fiber reinforced polymer ...

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Tolling becoming the solution of choice for most Americans

Sep 16, 2014

Tolling becoming the solution of choice for most Americans

Every day it seems like more Americans are beginning to understand the importance of transportation funding. That was again evident when HTNB Corporation released details of its recent tolling survey. According to the survey, 79 percent (more than 3 in 4) ...

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Nick Ivanoff elected 2014-2015 ARTBA Chairman

Sep 16, 2014

Nick Ivanoff elected 2014-2015 ARTBA Chairman

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has elected Nick Ivanoff, president & CEO of Ammann & Whitney, as 2014-2015 chairman. Ivanoff has nearly 40 years of experience in the transportation design and construction industry. He's known for the strategy ...

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Secret Cold War bunker found inside Brooklyn Bridge (PHOTOS)

Sep 15, 2014

Secret Cold War bunker found inside Brooklyn Bridge (PHOTOS)

Everyone is familiar with the history of Brooklyn Bridge. It was completed over 130 years ago in 1883 and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge ever constructed. Billions of people have crossed the bridge throughout its history and thousands still cross ...

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Most common work-related deaths for highway and bridge construction workers

Sep 15, 2014

Most common work-related deaths for highway and bridge construction workers

The general population may not pay a lot of attention to it, but highway and bridge construction workers risk their lives nearly every day at work. We have seen far-too-many work-related deaths, and we haven’t seen the last. According to the ...

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DOT loans $950 million to Florida highway project

Sep 12, 2014

DOT loans $950 million to Florida highway project

The federal government has decided to loan $950 million to Florida for use on a project to expand the state's heavily-used Interstate 4 highway way in the Orlando area. Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) is backing the loan ...

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California drivers paying the price for deficient roads and bridges

Sep 12, 2014

California drivers paying the price for deficient roads and bridges

Deficient roads and bridges in California cost each local driver $2,500 annually, and $44 billion statewide, according to a new report released by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation organization. The high cost is due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic ...

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Road worker run over by asphalt roller suffers life-threatening injuries

Sep 11, 2014

Road worker run over by asphalt roller suffers life-threatening injuries

A highway construction worker has suffered life-threatening injuries after being run over by a co-worker in an asphalt roller. Local authorities in Amarillo, Texas, claim the man suffered internal injuries and broken bones. According to the police report, employees with a ...

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'Bridge in a backpack' saves Vermont time and money

Sep 11, 2014

'Bridge in a backpack' saves Vermont time and money

If you've driven around the Fairfield, Vermont, you may have wondered what construction crews were doing placing hollow tubing over Wanzer Brook. Don't worry, the crews weren't going crazy. They were implementing a new bridge construction method dubbed "bridge in ...

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Road commission worker killed by motor grader

Sep 09, 2014

Road commission worker killed by motor grader

  A Kent County, Michigan, road commission worker has been killed after being hit by a motor grader at road construction site in Caledonia Township. The victim, Timothy Eugene Dougherty, 42, was working at the site when he was struck by the grader which ...

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Highway construction causes problems for firefighters

Sep 09, 2014

Highway construction causes problems for firefighters

Highway construction typically poses an inconvenience for everyone who has to drive through it. It can cause traffic jams and detours which makes it difficult for anyone working on a tight schedule. For firefighters, highway construction can be much more ...

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