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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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Long-life asphalt pavement: Red Bluff lessons

Contributed - Oct 07, 2013

Long-life asphalt pavement: Red Bluff lessons

Caltrans Senior Engineer Sean Shepard (I-5 Red Bluff job) and Caltrans Resident Engineer John Bailey (I-5 Weed job) share lessons learned on the Long-Life Asphalt Pavement Projects on Interstate 5. . . Editor’s Note: This is a web-exclusive piece to complement “Long Live ...

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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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San Francisco-Oakland: Troubled bridge over water

John Latta - May 22, 2013

San Francisco-Oakland: Troubled bridge over water

Closing in on an end-of-summer opening, the $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is getting set for its big day more with a whimper than a bang. Good point from Dan Walters in San Jose Mercury News. Do ...

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Road Science

Better Roads Staff - Dec 01, 2012

Road Science

Pre-Measure Your Carbon Footprint   Calculators help predict the environmental impact of roadbuilding projects     By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor   New tools keep appearing to help the highway, road and bridge community determine the environmental impact of the infrastructure they design and build. Last month we ...

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Better Bridges 2012 Bridge Inventory

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Nov 12, 2012

Better Bridges 2012 Bridge Inventory

Getting Better all the Time   America’s structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridge count slowly, steadily falling   By Tina Grady Barbaccia   They aren’t numbers to throw a party for yet, but once again, the number of structurally deficient (SD) or functionally obsolete (FO) bridges ...

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