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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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PHOTOS: Indiana DOT Opens New Tension Fabric Building for Salt Storage

Nov 08, 2013

PHOTOS: Indiana DOT Opens New Tension Fabric Building for Salt Storage

When the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) opened a new facility for winter de-icing operations and salt storage in Wabash, Indiana, earlier this year, it was the fourth such facility the state had commissioned and built since 2010. And as ...

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Guest Blog: The 5 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Oct 23, 2013

Guest Blog: The 5 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Whether you happen to be a thrill-seeking car enthusiast or a cautious traveler prone to carsickness, knowing what to expect on your upcoming commute is essential. Driving in foreign countries -- where highway laws, motorist behavior and vehicle types can be remarkably ...

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Design-Bid-Build vs. Design-Build

Oct 18, 2013

Design-Bid-Build vs. Design-Build

Understanding the process and what you need to know Author’s note: This article will attempt to answer the questions asked by the Area Construction Engineer in the scenario given as well as review the traditional “design-bid-build” process for construction projects, extensively ...

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From Patching to Production

Oct 11, 2013

From Patching to Production

How one firm successfully expanded its paving operations . Until a few years ago, TC Construction Company Inc. was primarily an underground utility contractor that mixed in a little bit of everything else. Its offerings included wet and dry utilities; water and ...

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