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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


Debate over Arizona highway signs continues

Nov 26, 2014

Debate over Arizona highway signs continues

The debate over road signs on a stretch of highway north of the U.S.-Mexico border continues. Currently signs in the area tell drivers how many kilometers they are from their destination, not how many miles. The signs from Nogales to Tucson are ...

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Kentucky finalizes 20-year transportation plan

Nov 26, 2014

Kentucky finalizes 20-year transportation plan

The Kentucky Transportation Department has finalized a 20-year transportation plan that will guide highway and bridge construction projects throughout the state. The long-term plan will serve as an update to state's 2006 plan which was designed to address the main transportation opportunities and challenges ...

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We've come a long way: The history of bridge technology

Nov 26, 2014

We've come a long way: The history of bridge technology

  Clapper bridges, beam bridges, truss bridges, arch bridges, and suspension bridges. The industry sure has come a long way hasn't it? The above image is an infographic created by Ohio University’s Engineering and Technology program on bridge construction techniques and technologies throughout history, ...

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Highway and bridge construction starts climb 27 percent

Nov 25, 2014

Highway and bridge construction starts climb 27 percent

The value of new construction starts dipped four percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $589.8 billion. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, the decline followed a 10 percent increase reported in September, which was the strongest month ...

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Michigan Senate votes to raise gas tax

Nov 25, 2014

Michigan Senate votes to raise gas tax

The Michigan Senate has passed a bill to raise the state's gas tax. The bill would approximately double Michigan's fuel tax to raise about $1 billion a year more to fix transportation infrastructure. If the bill passes the House, the gas tax ...

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Eight students 2014 MAPA scholarships

Nov 25, 2014

Eight students 2014 MAPA scholarships

The Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA) has recognized eight students with 2014 MAPA Scholarships. This is the first Annual MAPA Scholarship program for MAPA and its members. MAPA Scholarships will be presented annually to deserving post high school students. Applications ...

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Tensar names Mike Lawrence Executive Vice President of America

Nov 24, 2014

Tensar names Mike Lawrence Executive Vice President of America

Tensar International, a leader in geosynthetic construction technology, has appointed Mike Lawrence as Executive Vice President of America. Lawrence will spearhead strategic leadership support in the United States, Canada and Latin American regions. “We are proud to have Mike join our ...

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Update: MnDOT mine expansion will result in state's tallest bridge

Nov 24, 2014

Update: MnDOT mine expansion will result in state's tallest bridge

  In late October Aggregates Manager reported that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) was facing a tough decision over a mine expansion. MnDOT was being has to act quickly in coming up with a solution to reroute a busy four-lane highway. At ...

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VIDEO: CBS’s '60 Minutes' spotlights America's neglected infrastructure

Nov 24, 2014

VIDEO: CBS’s '60 Minutes' spotlights America's neglected infrastructure

In case you missed it, CBS's "60 Minutes" did a feature on America's neglected transportation infrastructure on Sunday. During the segment, 60 minutes talked to former transportation secretary of transportation Ray LaHood. “Our infrastructure's on life supports right now. That's what ...

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California, Florida DOTs named winners of America's Transportation Awards

Nov 24, 2014

California, Florida DOTs named winners of America's Transportation Awards

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have announced that California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) won the Grand Prize and the People's Choice ...

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Texas leads U.S. equipment purchases in Q3, sales down 19 percent from 2013

Nov 21, 2014

Texas leads U.S. equipment purchases in Q3, sales down 19 percent from 2013

If you believe everything is bigger in Texas, than it should come as no surprise that the state also needs the most road construction equipment. At 68 buyers during the third quarter of 2014, Texas construction companies financed the most ...

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Trucker cited in 2013 Skagit River bridge collapse

Nov 21, 2014

Trucker cited in 2013 Skagit River bridge collapse

The May 2013 truck-bridge collision that caused a portion of Interstate 5 to fall into the Skagit River in Washington was in part due to a load too tall for the truck carrying it, according to a report released this week by ...

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