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Tina Grady Barbaccia is executive editor of Better Roads and news & digital editor for Aggregates Manager. She has bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication and in Theater Studies from Kent State University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Communication managerial program. Barbaccia is currently national second vice president and a board member of the Construction Writers Association and national treasurer of the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and a Chicago board member. She has won numerous national and regional ASBPE Awards as well as being a finalist for the American Business Media’s (ABM) Jesse H. Neal Award in 2007 and recipient of the award in 2011. Her coverage of a program to help children learn about the aggregates industry and pique their interest in geology earned an industry organization a 2005 Littleford Award from ABM.


How one city used technology and training to cut its salt budget

May 06, 2014

How one city used technology and training to cut its salt budget

West Des Moines, Iowa, has implemented new technology and boosted its training efforts throughout the past few years to radically reduce the amount of deicer materials required to achieve desired and expected levels of service through use of advanced spreader ...

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It’s a Snow Celebration at the Horseshoe Casino

May 05, 2014

It’s a Snow Celebration at the Horseshoe Casino

Although I’m betting most of us are happy to see the crazy winter weather have gone away (it snowed into mid-April in the Chicago area!), when you get winter maintenance folks and snowfighters together, you have to have a celebration ...

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Find out which state leads the nation in construction job losses

Apr 24, 2014

Find out which state leads the nation in construction job losses

After Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, pummeling the New Jersey shore in particular, businesses in 113 of 565 New Jersey municipalities experienced a combined total of $382 million in commercial property loss, according to Federal Emergency Management ...

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TSA collects thousands of dollars in left-behind change

Apr 22, 2014

TSA collects thousands of dollars in left-behind change

Do you remember the days after high school graduation or back in college when you’d search your car or couch cushions to find loose change to pay for your late-night coffee while studying – or, ahem, that late-night meal after ...

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: MoDOT employee finds a new way of transportation… skydiving

Apr 21, 2014

PHOTOS, VIDEO: MoDOT employee finds a new way of transportation… skydiving

With the nation’s congested highway, one woman who works for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) Southeast District has found another way to get around – by parachute! Doris Dumey, CAP-OM (pronounced Demi, like Demi Moore), is the executive assistant to ...

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Indiana Finance Authority, DOT finalize contract details for I-69 Section 5

Apr 18, 2014

Indiana Finance Authority, DOT finalize contract details for I-69 Section 5

Now that the Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) have finalized the contract with I-69 Development Partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the 21 new miles of I-69 Section 5. Utility relocation will take place prior ...

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What the latest Obamacare update means for your business

Apr 16, 2014

What the latest Obamacare update means for your business

Midsize employers don’t have to provide health insurance in 2015; full-time employee definition changed to 40 hours for health care reform The employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – a.k.a. Obamacare – that would require companies ...

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That’s a ‘sweet’ road trip, honey

Apr 16, 2014

That’s a ‘sweet’ road trip, honey

Los Angeles is considered one of the “10 Most Traffic-Congested Cities,” according to Forbes report, with motorists spending 34 percent more time on the road (including highways, streets and arterial routes) than during the odd times when traffic is flowing ...

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REACH Part 2: Avoiding an equipment supply chain backlog

Apr 12, 2014

REACH Part 2: Avoiding an equipment supply chain backlog

Construction equipment could go the way of the Sony PlayStation if equipment manufacturers don’t put the framework in place to deal with customs issues that could arise from enforcement from the European Union’s REACH (the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisiation ...

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Snow and Ice Control Equipment and Techniques for Snowfighters

Apr 11, 2014

Snow and Ice Control Equipment and Techniques for Snowfighters

Through some trial and error in storage, different application equipment and roadway applications, one city’s continued use of liquids has evolved into innovative treatment methods. Last month, Better Roads covered how professional-grade salt-brine making, blending and truck loading systems are being ...

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From a Job Interview: Hire Me, But Make It Easy

Apr 08, 2014

From a Job Interview: Hire Me, But Make It Easy

I’m not sure whether to be slightly amused – just slightly – or to be disturbed by this work (or lack thereof) ethic! On Friday, I posted a reader response to the blog post I wrote back in January, “8 Strange ...

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U.S. DOT job candidate gives crazy (and disturbing) response during interview

Apr 04, 2014

U.S. DOT job candidate gives crazy (and disturbing) response during interview

In January, I wrote the blog post, “8 Strange Interview Questions (or How Not to Get Hired)” after reading an article in Fast Company about the most bizarre queries from job candidates during an interview. The article left me shaking ...

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