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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.


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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VIDEO: MMFX’s ChromX 4100 provides high-strength steel alternative when corrosion resistance isn’t needed

Jan 24, 2014

VIDEO: MMFX’s ChromX 4100 provides high-strength steel alternative when corrosion resistance isn’t needed

Irvine, Calif.-based MMFX Steel Corporation’s uncoated, high-strength steel and corrosion resistant product, MMFX2, has been used successfully throughout the transportation industry. However, not all projects need corrosion resistance so the company saw a need to develop a high-strength steel without corrosion ...

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Extreme winter weather causes massive semi, vehicle pileup (PHOTOS)

Jan 24, 2014

Extreme winter weather causes massive semi, vehicle pileup (PHOTOS)

Another round of extreme winter weather, including subzero temps and whiteout conditions, has hit some areas of the United States, which is being dubbed by some as “Polar Vortex Part 2.” In Northwestern Lake County, Indiana, more than two feet of ...

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Terex Bid-Well adds barrier brackets, swing leg and universal hydraulic crown to 4800 paver

Jan 24, 2014

Terex Bid-Well adds barrier brackets, swing leg and universal hydraulic crown to 4800 paver

Paving contractors can now get closer to a barrier to get the job done with Terex Bid-Well’s addition of barrier brackets to its 4800 paver. These brackets also pick the rail off of the deck and assist with finishing and ...

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Caterpillar offers sneak peek at hydraulic coupler prototype during World of Concrete

Jan 23, 2014

Caterpillar offers sneak peek at hydraulic coupler prototype during World of Concrete

Caterpillar spent some time with Better Roads at World of Concrete 2014 talking about the company’s new hydraulic tilting coupler, which is set for release this summer, according to Greg Worley, market development engineer for Cat. A prototype of the still-unnamed ...

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