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Behind the Design of Colombia’s First Four-Lane Road

Apr 11, 2014

Behind the Design of Colombia’s First Four-Lane Road

Mario Huertas Corporation won a $400 million, five-year highway contract to design and build this major part of the country’s infrastructure. With a $20 billion strategy geared toward revamping Colombia’s limited transport infrastructure, the country is tackling a number of ambitious ...

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Essential Communication for Winter Emergency Preparedness

Apr 11, 2014

Essential Communication for Winter Emergency Preparedness

Should snow bosses interpret a 70-percent chance for snow after midnight to mean that crews should be on the road by midnight? Maybe – maybe not. Having conversations with your meteorologists – public or private – will help your department ...

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Succession planning: Why decisions matter and how they impact beyond the maintenance station

Mar 26, 2014

Succession planning: Why decisions matter and how they impact beyond the maintenance station

As part of its commitment to developing leaders for the agency, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOTPF) created the Alaska Maintenance Leadership Academy (AMLA). To read about more leadership in winter maintenance and how to get a professional snowfighter ...

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Kosciusko County Turns to Liquid Calcium Chloride to Improve Road Base Stabilization

Mar 21, 2014

Kosciusko County Turns to Liquid Calcium Chloride to Improve Road Base Stabilization

  Situation The Kosciusko (Indiana) County Highway Department undertakes improvement projects on 50 to 100 miles of roadway annually and, like many counties across the U.S., faces constant pressure to contain costs in the face of decreasing budgets. Although resources are limited, ...

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Cal Poly Pomona engineering students get real-world road building experience from Caltrans

Mar 14, 2014

Cal Poly Pomona engineering students get real-world road building experience from Caltrans

If you want to be a transportation engineer in Southern California, your chances improve dramatically when you have Xudong Jia as your professor.  At California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), Jia teaches in the Civil Engineering department with ...

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6 Tips For Taking Proper Care of Your Vehicle This Winter

Feb 17, 2014

6 Tips For Taking Proper Care of Your Vehicle This Winter

Winter weather can be hard on your car. No matter what kind of car you have or where you live, winter temperatures and the other elements that come with winter (snow, ice, mud, sand and salt) can be extremely damaging ...

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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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