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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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Are We Choosing Failure Over Success?

Better Roads Staff - Apr 03, 2013

Are We Choosing Failure Over Success?

Early in my career, I worked for a special interest consumer magazine that was getting beaten badly by the competition. In a series of meetings about how to save our magazine and our jobs, we identified the reasons we were ...

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Pavement Preservation Coded in MAP-21

Better Roads Staff - Feb 07, 2013

Pavement Preservation Coded in MAP-21

    For the first time, pavement preservation is part of national surface transportation reauthorization legislation, which now explicitly supports preservation and asset management. Pavement preservation techniques are promoted as cost-effective and environmentally sustainable strategies designed to extend the life of existing pavements ...

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Monthly Motor Fuel Report by States released, July 2012 now posted

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Nov 26, 2012

Monthly Motor Fuel Report by States released, July 2012 now posted

The Monthly Motor Fuel Report by States (July 2012) was just released on the Office of Highway Policy Information, Federal Highway Administration website at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/motorfuel/jul12/jul12.pdf. (Click here for a downloable PDF of this report.) Highlights from the report include the following: Overall change ...

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Roadway Environmental Ratings: What's Best for Your Agency?

Better Roads Staff - Nov 12, 2012

Roadway Environmental Ratings:  What's Best for Your Agency?

There's a choice of programs to use in rating sustainable roads   By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor   The never-ending quest to define which pavements and highways can be considered “environmentally sustainable” has gotten a lot harder, just as it’s gotten easier. It’s gotten easier because ...

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Road Science

Better Roads Staff - Oct 09, 2012

Road Science

What Went Wrong, and Why   Forensic Studies Give Clues to Pavement Failure By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor   Whether the pavement is black or white, flexible or rigid, asphalt or concrete, pavement forensic testing is the key to preventing future pavement failures in either ...

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Road Science

Better Roads Staff - Jul 03, 2012

Road Science

On the Face of It   Aggregate performance depends on its surface     The higher-performing bituminous and portland cement concrete mixes of today are becoming more complex, and to ensure performance, more scrutiny is being given to the chemistry and composition of the aggregates ...

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Highway Contractor

Better Roads Staff - Jul 03, 2012

Highway Contractor

Smart Rollin'   The developing genius of Intelligent Compaction   IIntelligent Compaction (IC) for hot mix asphalt is a work in progress. IC rollers are valuable quality control tools that go a long way toward solving the shortcomings of the conventional process. With some ...

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