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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.


Winter storms back up Indiana roadways; Crews help southern states without power

Feb 13, 2014

Winter storms back up Indiana roadways; Crews help southern states without power

During the rough winter weather storms caused by the polar vortex the week after the New Year holiday, snow and ice caused cars to slide off the road, semis to get stuck and some interstates to shut down for hours. According ...

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The Saga Continues: More readers share stories, opinions on ‘booth babes’

Feb 11, 2014

The Saga Continues: More readers share stories, opinions on ‘booth babes’

The “Booth babes and the S.T.E.A.M. professions” blog post I wrote last month is still generating many reader responses. I love it! I love that readers are taking time to read what I’ve written – and to comment back. Both men ...

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The 12 most interesting metro stations in Europe

Feb 10, 2014

The 12 most interesting metro stations in Europe

For the original report from CNN on “Europe’s 12 most impressive metro stations,” click here. I have ridden Chicago’s El train and its suburban counterpart, the Metra, Boston’s T train, Washington, D.C.'s Metro, and have even braved New York City’s Subway ...

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A Penny for Your Transportation System

Feb 10, 2014

A Penny for Your Transportation System

I was taught as a youngster to save my pennies and that each cent really adds up. Many of us may see a penny on the ground and walk right past it. I know I have often done so. When you ...

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From the Roadologist: The Last Word

Feb 10, 2014

From the Roadologist: The Last Word

For more blogs from Better Roads visit betterroads.com.   By Tina Grady Barbaccia   Wanted: ‘Winter weather war stories’ With the polar vortex right after the new year that plummeted temperatures in the Midwest to subzero temps (with the wind chill, temps were as cold ...

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Bridging the Gap Between Economics and Innovation

Feb 07, 2014

Bridging the Gap Between Economics and Innovation

When Iowa’s Jesup Bridge became a safety hazard, the local agency found a way to design and fund reconstruction of this important thoroughfare.   The Jesup Bridge in Buchanan County, Iowa, has been a vital market link for farmers, growers and the ...

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Illinois Tollway deploys ‘Zero Weather Road Patrols’

Feb 05, 2014

Illinois Tollway deploys ‘Zero Weather Road Patrols’

Subzero temperatures last week started again sweeping through the Midwest and other areas as part of what has been dubbed as “Polar Vortex Part 2.” (The first Polar Vortex hit much of the country in early January, bringing temps as ...

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PHOTOS: Ohio DOT’s plow operators share their extreme winter weather stories

Jan 31, 2014

PHOTOS: Ohio DOT’s plow operators share their extreme winter weather stories

Continuing our extreme winter weather snow and ice stories coverage, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) shared with Better Roads some of its photos from the extreme winter weather during the polar vortex at the beginning of this month. Much of ...

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8 Strange Interview Questions (or How Not to Get Hired)

Jan 30, 2014

8 Strange Interview Questions (or How Not to Get Hired)

After reading this article from Fast Company, I felt like I had just looked at an article out of The Onion, a satirical (but in my opinion, very well-written) take on real news. These questions asked by potential job candidates showcase ...

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‘Ice balloons’ from the TowPlow inventor (PHOTOS)

Jan 29, 2014

‘Ice balloons’ from the TowPlow inventor (PHOTOS)

Bob Lannert, a retired Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) official who worked for the agency for 34 years and inventor of the TowPlow, shared photos he took in February 2007 just south to the Morley, Missouri, TowPlow plant. Morley is near ...

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One reader responds to ‘booth babes’ blog post

Jan 28, 2014

One reader responds to ‘booth babes’ blog post

I wasn’t sure what kind of reaction I would get to the “‘Booth babes’ and the S.T.E.A.M. professions” blog post I recently wrote. I was pleased to hear from one reader – a man – that my thoughts were an accurate ...

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‘Booth babes’ and the S.T.E.A.M. professions

Jan 27, 2014

‘Booth babes’ and the S.T.E.A.M. professions

I spent this past week (Jan. 20-24) covering World of Concrete 2014 in Las Vegas to learn about the latest technology, see new and updated equipment and talk with manufacturers, contractors and agency transportation professionals. My goal was to enhance my ...

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