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The Durability Factor

Better Roads Staff - Aug 07, 2013

The Durability Factor

The goal is performance over time Design durable roads and you are designing them “not to fail.” A variety of tools now exists that civil engineers can use to design pavements that will stand up to traffic and the elements, optimizing long-term ...

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ACPA launches concrete safety, stringless paving web-based courses

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 24, 2013

ACPA launches concrete safety, stringless paving web-based courses

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has launched two web-based instructional modules about stringless paving and safety on concrete pavement construction sites. The approximately 90-minute courses, titled “Proper use of stringless paving technology” and “Safety on concrete pavement construction sites,” provide ...

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FHWA pushes dynamic management of transportation networks

John Latta - Jul 11, 2013

FHWA pushes dynamic management of transportation networks

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is trying to help agencies strapped for transportation infrastructure funding dollars. One way FHWA says it is doing this is by “working to promote a dynamic approach to manage the transportation network.” Which means? According to FHWA: “The ...

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UDOT uses innovative design to rebuild I-84 overpass

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 11, 2013

UDOT uses innovative design to rebuild I-84 overpass

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is using a new bridge-building method involving geosynthetic reinforcement and soil integration to replace an Interstate 84 overpass near Echo Junction, according to a report from Deseret News. UDOT is the first agency in the U.S. ...

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Loss of Cover

Better Roads Staff - Jul 05, 2013

Loss of Cover

Decoding the secrets of asphalt stripping and raveling   By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor     Raveling describes the loss of aggregate from the driving surface of a bituminous concrete pavement. Loss of aggregate through raveling encourages pothole formation and cracking, which can introduce water ...

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CDOT’s U.S. 36 project combines multiple modes of transportation

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 25, 2013

CDOT’s U.S. 36 project combines multiple modes of transportation

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is heading a project on U.S. 36 that will incorporate a high-occupancy fast lane, a bus rapid transit service, an electronic toll system for single-occupant cars and a bike path into one route. According to ...

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Americans place high value on transportation

Amanda Bayhi - May 30, 2013

Americans place high value on transportation

About 75 to 80 percent of Americans would prefer to have safe, efficient and well-maintained transportation infrastructure over cable, cell phone, internet, water, sewage and household electricity and natural gas services, according to a report from the American Road & ...

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LaHood announces $1 million in immediate funding for I-5 bridge in Washington

Amanda Bayhi - May 24, 2013

LaHood announces $1 million in immediate funding for I-5 bridge in Washington

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced the immediate availability of $1 million federal emergency funds for Washington State to use toward the repair of the Interstate 5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last night. “We are doing everything ...

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FHWA hosts webinar on AASHTO’s PaveSuite

Amanda Bayhi - May 20, 2013

FHWA hosts webinar on AASHTO’s PaveSuite

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will host a webinar on PaveSuite on May 22 from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Eastern Time, according to AASHTO Journal. The webinar, titled “SR500 NHI Innovations: PaveSuite, Transforming Pavement Data into Informed Decision Making,” will ...

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FHWA deploys bridge-inspecting robots

Amanda Bayhi - May 17, 2013

FHWA deploys bridge-inspecting robots

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is deploying a robot to help inspect the safety and structure of concrete bridge decks. The robotic tool, created in partnership with Rutgers University as part of the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) ...

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1040

Better Roads Staff - May 13, 2013

1040

In bridges, there’s American old and then there’s old.  You want old? The Pont Vieux (literally “old bridge”) had been in use for 657 years when the oldest surviving roadway bridge in America, the 73-foot Frankford Avenue Bridge in Pennsylvania, was constructed ...

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FHWA Administrator Mendez: Safety is top priority in innovation

Amanda Bayhi - Apr 24, 2013

FHWA Administrator Mendez: Safety is top priority in innovation

Safety is the top priority when considering new innovation in transportation and infrastructure, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez said in an interview with Better Roads during the Intelligent Transportation Society of America's (ITS America) Annual Meeting. Mendez explained that in 2011, ...

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