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4 Forklift Safety Tips Every Highway Construction Crew Needs to Know

Feb 04, 2014

4 Forklift Safety Tips Every Highway Construction Crew Needs to Know

Since forklifts were first introduced in the early 20th century, they have revolutionized the construction industry. The design of today’s lifts are far superior to those of the past. Thanks to new materials, hydraulics and electronics, modern forklifts are more durable ...

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Tough Fibers for Concrete

Feb 03, 2014

Tough Fibers for Concrete

In earlier days, concrete pavements would employ steel wire mesh near the top of the layer to forestall inevitable hairline shrinkage cracks. While shrinkage cracks don’t compromise the load-carrying ability of a pavement, they are unsightly, especially when the wire ...

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5 Ways to Maximize Your Vegetation Management Budget

Jan 31, 2014

5 Ways to Maximize Your Vegetation Management Budget

Tighter vegetation management budgets call for hard-working strategies. It’s a common conundrum — as challenges controlling invasive weeds and brush increase, vegetation management budgets decrease. Couple that with overstretched roadside crews and rising operational costs and you have an epic war ...

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Disposal of Concrete Grinding Residue

Jan 03, 2014

Disposal of Concrete Grinding Residue

An area of focus within the construction industry throughout the past few years has been the question of how to handle concrete grinding residue (CGR), also known as sawing slurry. Generated during sawing and diamond grinding operations, slurry is the ...

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Kandiyohi County uses aggregate base stabilizer on damaged county road

Dec 20, 2013

Kandiyohi County uses aggregate base stabilizer on damaged county road

Located in central Minnesota, Kandiyohi County proudly maintains a 649-mile highway system, which includes 452 miles of bituminous roads and 197 miles of gravel roads, as well as 69 bridges. In the mid-2000s, it became apparent that a certain 5.5-mile stretch ...

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Dowel Bar Retrofit: Where Are We Now?

Dec 13, 2013

Dowel Bar Retrofit: Where Are We Now?

Great ideas don’t always have to born in the moment or generated by a mainframe super computer. Sometimes it is as simple as looking back to what has performed well in the past and continues to do so in the ...

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Geofoam saves time, money during three projects

Dec 06, 2013

Geofoam saves time, money during three projects

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has promoted the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) geofoam as a lightweight embankment soil alternative for a number of years. In a 2006 report, the agency's Technical Service Team described the material as a “field-tested, budget-friendly ...

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Construction Law Update

Dec 04, 2013

Construction Law Update

Improper bid award results in unsuccessful bidder being allowed to pursue damages against the City of New Orleans The requirements of public bidding laws are strictly construed against bidders who fail to comply with bid instructions and statutory requirements. Although minor ...

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Roller-Compacted Concrete Field Demos

Dec 04, 2013

Roller-Compacted Concrete Field Demos

Field demonstrations of roller-compacted concrete (RCC) have become a big part of spreading the “gospel” of roller-compacted concrete. For example, RCC was an attraction in itself during a four-day continuing demonstration of placement at World of Concrete 2014 in February ...

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MMFX2 strengthens bridge in City of Chesapeake’s Dominion Boulevard project

Nov 22, 2013

MMFX2 strengthens bridge in City of Chesapeake’s Dominion Boulevard project

The City of Chesapeake began construction on the new Dominion Boulevard, U.S. Route 17, project in early January (2013). The project includes five new bridge structures; the largest is a new four-lane 95-foot-high, fixed-span bridge that will replace the current ...

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Guest Blog: 5 Reasons Bridges Fail

Nov 22, 2013

Guest Blog: 5 Reasons Bridges Fail

Human beings are creatures of overcoming obstacles. Out of necessity, we have built bridges to connect islands, places, cities and most importantly, the hearts of men. Because of the amazing urge for innovation, our history has seen the evolution of ...

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Diamond saw cut surface textures improve pavement performance

Nov 15, 2013

Diamond saw cut surface textures improve pavement performance

Increasingly, specifiers around the world are recognizing the benefits of diamond grinding and other diamond saw cut textures for their pavement and bridge deck surfaces. While most properly designed and constructed Portland cement concrete pavements (PCCP) can last for 30 ...

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