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3 strategies for balancing safety and roadside weed control

Contributed - Aug 14, 2014

3 strategies for balancing safety and roadside weed control

Balancing public and crew safety while maintaining effective roadside weed control is an ongoing challenge for DOT managers. Rights of way can be dangerous places when weeds obstruct sightlines, compromise road surfaces and provide fuel for wildfires. To learn more about ...

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U.S. DOT to provide $325 million TIFIA loan for California's Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement

Amanda Bayhi - May 26, 2014

U.S. DOT to provide $325 million TIFIA loan for California's Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement

The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing a $325 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to help pay for the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project in Long Beach, Calif., Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced last week. The $1.2 ...

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Geosynthetics speed construction

Better Roads Staff - May 01, 2014

Geosynthetics speed construction

Geosynthetics Speed Construction While Enhancing Pavement Performance Geosynthetics comprise a family of value-added products that allows highways, roads and bridges to be built faster, cheaper and longer lasting. Some geosynthetics enhance pavement longevity by separating good materials from bad. Some promote water flow ...

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Oklahoma DOT looks to Caltrans for bridge assessment advice

Amanda Bayhi - Apr 22, 2014

Oklahoma DOT looks to Caltrans for bridge assessment advice

Bridges across the nation are aging, with many now well past their projected life spans. Oklahoma’s bridges are among those aging structures. In the "Better Bridges 2013 Bridge Inventory," Better Roads reported that 14 percent of the state’s 7,664 bridges were either ...

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Cal Poly Pomona engineering students get real-world road building experience from Caltrans

Contributed - Mar 14, 2014

Cal Poly Pomona engineering students get real-world road building experience from Caltrans

If you want to be a transportation engineer in Southern California, your chances improve dramatically when you have Xudong Jia as your professor.  At California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), Jia teaches in the Civil Engineering department with ...

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Seven states use technology, innovative solutions to combat extreme winter weather

Amanda Bayhi - Dec 26, 2013

Seven states use technology, innovative solutions to combat extreme winter weather

It’s no secret that extreme winter weather can drive up costs, forcing state transportation departments to think creatively when looking for effective solutions within their budgets. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) President and Secretary of the Kentucky ...

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Diamond saw cut surface textures improve pavement performance

Contributed - Nov 15, 2013

Diamond saw cut surface textures improve pavement performance

Increasingly, specifiers around the world are recognizing the benefits of diamond grinding and other diamond saw cut textures for their pavement and bridge deck surfaces. While most properly designed and constructed Portland cement concrete pavements (PCCP) can last for 30 ...

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Caltrans wins Pavement Pioneer Award for Perpetual Pavement projects

Amanda Bayhi - Oct 31, 2013

Caltrans wins Pavement Pioneer Award for Perpetual Pavement projects

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has received a national Pavement Pioneer Award for the long-life asphalt pavement projects recently constructed on Interstate 5 in Northern California. Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty received the award on behalf of the agency at the ...

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AASHTO announces Faces of Transportation photo contest winners

Amanda Bayhi - Sep 27, 2013

AASHTO announces Faces of Transportation photo contest winners

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced Thursday that two photos of workers at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge won the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award in the association’s Faces of Transportation photo contest. A ...

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Top 10 finalists selected for America’s Transportation Awards

Amanda Bayhi - Sep 04, 2013

Top 10 finalists selected for America’s Transportation Awards

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have selected 10 state transportation department projects as finalists in the 2013 America's Transportation Awards competition. The top 10 projects are: 1.  Dumbarton Toll Bridge ...

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Six projects receive western regional America’s Transportation Awards

Amanda Bayhi - Aug 06, 2013

Six projects receive western regional America’s Transportation Awards

Six transportation projects have won awards in the sixth annual western regional America’s Transportation Awards competition. The competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recognizes transportation projects in ...

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PHOTOS: Engineers suspended on ropes inspect bridges

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 31, 2013

PHOTOS: Engineers suspended on ropes inspect bridges

Last year, Better Roads featured a story about engineers who inspect bridges by climbing the structures and using ropes to rappel down and access critical areas. The article, titled “Bridge Climbing,” detailed how climb-trained engineers from the Army Corps of Engineers ...

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