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Lauren Heartsill Dowdle is the editor-at-large of Total Landscape Care magazine and the production editor of Better Roads. Previously the associate editor of Equipment World and Total Landscape Care magazines, she has been with Randall-Reilly Publishing since 2010. A national, award-winning writer, Lauren graduated from the University of Alabama with a communications degree and minor in music. You can reach Lauren at lheartsill.rrpub@gmail.com.


What Buicks & White Tubs Have in Common

Aug 27, 2013

What Buicks & White Tubs Have in Common

I learned how to drive in my mother’s blue Buick Century. It wasn’t my idea of a cool car at the time, but it was reliable and roomy – and surprisingly hid dents and scratches fairly well. But who knew the ...

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Top 5 Cities for Electric Cars

Aug 26, 2013

Top 5 Cities for Electric Cars

Some of the cities on this list are probably obvious, but I was surprised about a few of the cities on this “Top 5” list from Clean Technica. Here are the five cities where you’re most likely to see someone charging ...

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Texas, You’re Going the Wrong Way!

Aug 23, 2013

Texas, You’re Going the Wrong Way!

Normally, when a gravel road starts seeing a lot of traffic, it earns enough street cred to be upgraded to asphalt. But Texas has this process a little backward. Instead of repairing an asphalt road in parts of South and West ...

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Trains to Embody Scotland

Aug 22, 2013

Trains to Embody Scotland

When I think of Scotland, I envision castles, kilts, breathtaking nature and an array of fresh produce. But I guess I should now add trains to my list. The country is updating its Caledonian sleeper franchise, adding “quality of service” as ...

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VIDEO: Craziest Roads in the World

Aug 21, 2013

VIDEO: Craziest Roads in the World

I’m sure you’ve worked on your share of difficult projects, but I doubt any of them can compare to the roads in this video. With two in the United States, the video shows roads that should be reserved for daredevils and ...

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The Real Future of Transportation

Aug 20, 2013

The Real Future of Transportation

With all of the hype and doubt over the hyperloop idea, here’s an example of a new form of transportation that is actually about to hit the roads. Combining driverless and electric technology, a new Singapore shuttle transportation system will soon ...

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One Too Many Accidents?

Aug 19, 2013

One Too Many Accidents?

You can’t prevent everything. As long as there are planes, cars, trains and other forms of transportation, you’ll hear about crashes and wrecks. But at what point do these machines’ safety records cross the line from being a fluke accident ...

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Beam Me Up, Scotty

Aug 16, 2013

Beam Me Up, Scotty

Have you ever wanted to transport yourself from one location to another in an instant, like Captain Kirk from Star Trek? Well, I’ve got your solution: I’m working on a machine that will teleport people by turning them into water ...

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Look Out Below!

Aug 15, 2013

Look Out Below!

There’s nothing like sitting in front of the TV and hearing a bridge you just drove under was shut down soon after. After a bystander heard suspicious noises and drivers noticed falling debris, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) crews came ...

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‘Home of the Detour’

Aug 14, 2013

‘Home of the Detour’

We are inching closer to the weekend, so here's some road construction humor. As I traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, last week to meet with some manufacturers, one thing was clear: Road-construction season was in full gear. From widening roads to repairing ...

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Mexico Paving a Road to Nowhere

Aug 13, 2013

Mexico Paving a Road to Nowhere

As the saying goes, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” And repeat it they will if Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto follows through with his $100 billion infrastructure program. A first-class highway expansion is currently under ...

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Who Cares About Safety?

Aug 12, 2013

Who Cares About Safety?

If safety is such an important jobsite concern, why aren’t fatal accident numbers dropping for road contractors? According to a survey from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the number of deadly jobsite accidents ...

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