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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


New ATM ad campaigns urge Congress for HTF solution

Oct 01, 2014

New ATM ad campaigns urge Congress for HTF solution

The Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) coalition has launched a regionally focused, multiplatform ad campaign urging Congress to develop a long-term solution to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The advertisements will appear in 33 congressional districts across 10 media markets ...

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16 public works professionals selected for APWA Emerging Leaders Academy

Oct 01, 2014

16 public works professionals selected for APWA Emerging Leaders Academy

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has announced the selection of 16 public works professionals who have been selected for the APWA Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) Program for 2014-2015. The selected participants will engage in a year-long national Emerging Leaders ...

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Nearly half of New York roads need work

Oct 01, 2014

Nearly half of New York roads need work

Nearly half of New York's locally maintained roads are in need of rehabilitation, preservation or reconstruction, according to the latest TRIP report. Almost one-third of the state's locally maintained bridges are deficient and in need of corrective maintenance or rehabilitation. Unfortunately, ...

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VIDEO: Should more DOTs use a 'zipper merge'?

Sep 30, 2014

VIDEO: Should more DOTs use a 'zipper merge'?

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be the latest to try out the zipper merge system. MDOT hopes the system will help traffic move through construction areas at a faster pace. With the current system, the delays caused by traffic jams ...

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Are flying robots the future of road construction?

Sep 30, 2014

Are flying robots the future of road construction?

Centuries ago some people thought the world would be taken over by robots and flying cars by now. They may not have been 100 percent correct, but they weren't completely wrong either. When it comes to highway and bridge construction, ...

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80-thousand pounds of sand and gravel dumped on highway

Sep 29, 2014

80-thousand pounds of sand and gravel dumped on highway

  A little bit of sand and gravel usually doesn't cause any problems for drivers, but 80-thousand pounds of sand and gravel can cause a ton of problems! Transportation officials were forced to stop traffic on southbound I-35, north of New Braunfels, TX ...

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Man dies after pedestrian bridge collapses

Sep 26, 2014

Man dies after pedestrian bridge collapses

  One man is dead after a pedestrian bridge in Detroit collapsed onto Southfield Freeway. The collapse happened after the bridge was struck by an oversized truck. Investigators say there were no structural issues with the bridge. Nobody was on the bridge or ...

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Two construction workers injured in big-rig accident

Sep 25, 2014

Two construction workers injured in big-rig accident

Two construction workers were injured in an accident involving a big-rig U.S. Highway 101 in Petaluma, California. The big-rig struck a bundle of steel rods that hit them while they were working on the Petaluma River Bridge construction project. The construction crew was ...

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Ohio to start largest single construction project in state history

Sep 24, 2014

Ohio to start largest single construction project in state history

The Portsmouth Gateway Group is set to begin building the largest single construction project the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has ever seen. Construction won't be cheap - it'll cost around $429 million to construct the entire Portsmouth Bypass, which is a 16-mile, ...

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Salt prices to hurt road budgets

Sep 24, 2014

Salt prices to hurt road budgets

With winter right around the corner, cold-weather states are starting to stockpile on rock salt to fight icy conditions. Unfortunately, several states will have to squeeze budgets due to skyrocketing prices. In Michigan, Ann Arbor area municipalities, school systems and road commissions ...

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3 workers hit, 1 killed in highway construction zone crash

Sep 23, 2014

3 workers hit, 1 killed in highway construction zone crash

The North Carolina Highway Patrol was forced to shut down Interstate 40 for several hours following an accident in a construction zone. Construction crews were working on a paving project at the interchange at Highway 18 when a pickup truck drove ...

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Highway and bridge construction on the rise in August

Sep 23, 2014

Highway and bridge construction on the rise in August

New construction starts are back to the normal pace reported during the first seven months of the year. Construction dropped nine percent in August after recording a boost in energy-related manufacturing projects in July. However, the drop did not seem to have ...

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