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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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Iowa DOT uses facial recognition to catch 40-year fugitive

Amanda Bayhi - Apr 23, 2014

Iowa DOT uses facial recognition to catch 40-year fugitive

One man who escaped from a North Carolina prison 40 years ago is again behind bars because of the Iowa Department of Transportation. The agency used facial recognition technology -- the same technology police in Massachusetts used to identify one of ...

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iPhone app helps Iowa DOT clear snow from roads

Amanda Bayhi - Feb 11, 2014

iPhone app helps Iowa DOT clear snow from roads

New technology could help could help one agency more effectively clear snow from roads. The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) has been testing the use of cameras in snowplows to help the agency get a better idea of how much ...

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Bridging the Gap Between Economics and Innovation

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Feb 07, 2014

Bridging the Gap Between Economics and Innovation

When Iowa’s Jesup Bridge became a safety hazard, the local agency found a way to design and fund reconstruction of this important thoroughfare.   The Jesup Bridge in Buchanan County, Iowa, has been a vital market link for farmers, growers and the ...

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No Strings Attached

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jan 08, 2014

No Strings Attached

How the use of stringless paving technology on the Utah I-15 Corridor Expansion Project saved time and money.   By Tina Grady Barbaccia   When placing concrete, staying within the determined lines is absolutely critical to achieving accurate pavement smoothness and thickness in the ...

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The Durable Performance of Perpetual Pavements

Contributed - Oct 04, 2013

The Durable Performance of Perpetual Pavements

When the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) opened a new stretch of U.S. Highway 151 in Linn County back in 1966, they wanted a road that would last a long time, but they never imagined the traffic loads and heavy-weight trucks ...

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Iowa DOT: TXTL8R

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Sep 23, 2013

Iowa DOT: TXTL8R

The Iowa State Department of Transportation plans to launch an app in 2014 called “TXTL8R” as a way to reduce the number of young drivers who text while driving. Iowa DOT Spokeswoman Andrea Henry says the agency would like to be ...

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Iowa DOT to release anti-texting app for teen drivers next year

Amanda Bayhi - Aug 14, 2013

Iowa DOT to release anti-texting app for teen drivers next year

The Iowa Department of Transportation next year will release a new smartphone app intended to prevent teen drivers from texting behind the wheel, according to a report from the Des Moines Register. The app, called “txtl8r,” is expected to be released ...

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Applications & Innovations

Better Roads Staff - Jan 09, 2013

Applications & Innovations

Concrete Repair   8 techniques for restoring concrete roads   By Lauren Heartsill Dowdle     Whether it’s patching a hairline crack or completely rebuilding an area with a crater-sized pothole, repairing concrete roads early on can minimize future damage and the time required for the job. The ...

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Getting Smoothness and Density Just Right

Better Roads Staff - Nov 12, 2012

Getting Smoothness and Density Just Right

By Daniel C. Brown, Contributing Editor   An Iowa-based contractor has won 80 percent of the available bonus payments on a successful 18-mile, two-lane asphalt paving project near Grinnell, Iowa. The Iowa Department of Transportation awarded Manatts Inc., Newton, a total of approximately ...

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Superthin Concrete Overlays

Better Roads Staff - Oct 09, 2012

Superthin Concrete Overlays

Spurred forward by some brave new thinking, the concrete pavement industry is working toward thinner concrete overlays these days – down to 3 inches, even 2 inches. Some Iowa counties have paved a lot of miles of 4-inch overlays that have ...

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Presentation: Here’s The Keys, Call If You Need Anything, See You In 12 Hours

Tina Grady Barbaccia - May 14, 2012

Matt Dolan and Nathan Geil, both seasoned, Level 3 equipment operators with the City of West Des Moines, Iowa, presented, "Here’s The Keys, Call If You Need Anything, See You In 12 Hours" at the 2012 American Public Works Association ...

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