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Ray LaHood: 'We need a big pot of money' to fix America’s roads and bridges

Marcia Gruver Doyle - Oct 30, 2014

Ray LaHood: 'We need a big pot of money' to fix America’s roads and bridges

Continuing his “America is one big pothole” theme, former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood used an appearance at a Caterpillar press event Wednesday night to lambast the present direction of U.S. transportation policy. Calling the 2-year transportation bill passed ...

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Most commuters happy with new beltline signs

Brian Ethridge - Oct 27, 2014

Most commuters happy with new beltline signs

So far most drivers in Madison, Wisconsin, have been happy with the Department of Transportation's new beltline signs. The DOT says the signs estimate travel times using detectors that track bluetooth signals coming from cars and/or cell phones. That information is ...

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More states ban ET-Plus guardrail system

Brian Ethridge - Oct 24, 2014

More states ban ET-Plus guardrail system

The list of state department of transportations to have removed the controversial guardrail end-terminal model (ET-Plus) from its approved highway-products list continues to grow. Ten states (and counting)  have now removed the model, including Vermont, Hawaii, Colorado, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New ...

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ADA Angst over pavement preservation

Tom Kuennen - Oct 09, 2014

ADA Angst over pavement preservation

Pavement preservation stakeholders in the United States are concerned that a reinterpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act last year by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will lead to disruption of low-cost pavement ...

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Hacked construction signs are no laughing matter

Brian Ethridge - Oct 07, 2014

Hacked construction signs are no laughing matter

Some may see it as a practical joke, while others know it's no laughing matter. Some jokester thought it would be funny to break into the back of an electric construction sign on an Alaskan roadway. The person changed the message ...

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Are flying robots the future of road construction?

Brian Ethridge - Sep 30, 2014

Are flying robots the future of road construction?

Centuries ago some people thought the world would be taken over by robots and flying cars by now. They may not have been 100 percent correct, but they weren't completely wrong either. When it comes to highway and bridge construction, ...

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Foxx announces 72 TIGER 2014 recipients

Brian Ethridge - Sep 18, 2014

Foxx announces 72 TIGER 2014 recipients

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will provide $600 million for 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia from its TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) 2014 program. The DOT received 797 eligible applications from 49 states, U.S. ...

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New use of carbon fiber grid in precast concrete piles

Brian Ethridge - Sep 17, 2014

New use of carbon fiber grid in precast concrete piles

U.S. Patent 8,677,720, “Precast concrete pile with carbon fiber reinforced grid,” is a new technology promising to dramatically extend the service life of precast concrete bridge piles by dramatically improving their corrosion resistance through the use of carbon fiber reinforced polymer ...

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DOT loans $950 million to Florida highway project

Brian Ethridge - Sep 12, 2014

DOT loans $950 million to Florida highway project

The federal government has decided to loan $950 million to Florida for use on a project to expand the state's heavily-used Interstate 4 highway way in the Orlando area. Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) is backing the loan ...

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Old mines could cause roads to collapse

Brian Ethridge - Sep 02, 2014

Old mines could cause roads to collapse

Andy Moreland, a geotechnical engineer with the Ohio Department of Transportation, was driving on Rt. 33 toward Nelsonville when he noticed a strange dip in the road. When he got back to work, he did some research and discovered old mines ...

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DOT only taken half of bridge safety measures required by MAP-21 law

Staff Report - Sep 02, 2014

DOT only taken half of bridge safety measures required by MAP-21 law

Only 12 of the 24 bridge safety actions required by the current MAP-21 highway funding law have been implemented by the Federal Highway Administration, according to a report released Aug. 26 by the DOT’s Office of the Inspector General. The agency also hasn’t ...

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DOT owes Palm Beach over $300K

Brian Ethridge - Aug 20, 2014

DOT owes Palm Beach over $300K

In 2010 the Florida Department of Transportation paid Palm Beach $1.046 million when it took all but 1,598 square feet of a 14,744-square-foot parcel at the southeast corner of the Flagler Memorial Bridge to make room for a replacement bridge. The ...

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