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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.


DOT Loses State’s Trust

Sep 04, 2013

DOT Loses State’s Trust

Delays and redesign costs have added an extra $128 million to the Washington State Department of Transportation's (WSDOT) Highway 520 bridge project, reports The Columbian. The design caused cracks in the giant pontoons, causing them to change their plans. The reserve ...

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Weirdest U.S. Driving Laws

Sep 02, 2013

Weirdest U.S. Driving Laws

Don’t run red lights or stop signs. Stay on your side if there are double lines. These are all laws we know and hopefully abide by – but what about these crazy rules? Many states have outlawed texting while driving. But ...

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Just Another Hyperloop?

Aug 30, 2013

Just Another Hyperloop?

It looks like Elon Musk isn’t the only one who wants to enter the futuristic transportation debate. Dan Corns, president of Magnovate Technologies, proposed a system that would use magnetic levitation technology to move people, freights and commodities up to 310 ...

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Keep It Moving

Aug 29, 2013

Keep It Moving

Many of New Delhi, India’s highway-building efforts are at a standstill – but that might not be the case for long. The government is looking to throw out existing contracts that aren’t making much progress. The National Highways Authority of India ...

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The Golden State or the Traffic State?

Aug 28, 2013

The Golden State or the Traffic State?

Think your state has the most traffic? If you live in California, you’re right. And if you live anywhere else, you really don’t even come close to the Golden State. California has the three busiest interstates in the country, according to ...

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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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