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What your agency needs to know about how this year’s cold and snow might affect spring weather

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Mar 10, 2014

What your agency needs to know about how this year’s cold and snow might affect spring weather

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring weather. Sure, I love winter sports and playing in the snow with my kids, but this winter has been particularly rough with extreme winter weather. It has certainly done a ...

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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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Texas proposal could transfer road maintenance to cities

Amanda Bayhi - Aug 19, 2013

Texas proposal could transfer road maintenance to cities

The Texas Transportation Commission next week will discuss a proposal that would transfer maintenance of nearly 1,900 miles of state highways to 59 cities, according to The Dallas Morning News. The proposal would cost the cities an additional $165 each year. The ...

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Robotic mowers trim embankments on Illinois Tollway

Amanda Bayhi - Aug 14, 2013

Robotic mowers trim embankments on Illinois Tollway

Illinois Tollway workers have begun using a robotic mower to trim embankments along the Illinois Tollway, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. The $42,000 Spider ILDO2 -- the same mower the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) began using earlier ...

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MoDOT employs robot to mow roadside grass

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 13, 2013

MoDOT employs robot to mow roadside grass

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has begun using a remote-controlled robot to mow grass on the sides of some highways in the state, according to WMFD. To mow the grass, an MoDOT employee steers the robotic mower with a remote ...

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Kirk Landers -- Editor Emeritus

Better Roads Staff - Jul 03, 2012

Kirk Landers -- Editor Emeritus

Five Radical Concepts     From traffic gridlock to sunbathing, summer brings most of us some long hours in which contemplative thought is possible. If you have trouble thinking of something to ponder, here are five possibilities …   1. It’s time for the road ...

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Ohio DOT gets creative with revenue generation

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jun 05, 2012

Ohio DOT gets creative with revenue generation

Finding new ways to generate revenue is always a challenge, but the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is taking on the challenge – and getting creative. In an effort to generate millions of dollars for the construction of some of the ...

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Ohio DOT launches 'SMART' program to generate millions

Staff Report - May 22, 2012

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is hoping to generate millions of dollars in new money by launching a program that will permit advertising and sponsorship opportunities at interstate rest areas and welcome centers throughout Ohio. Starting on May 21, the ...

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Caterpillar: E Series meets new emissions regs

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Feb 08, 2012

The five new compact-radius Cat E Series Mini Hydraulic Excavators — 303.5E CR, 304E CR, 305E CR, 305.5E CR and 308E CR SB — all use new engines that meet Stage IIIB /Tier 4 Interim emissions regulations and incorporate new ...

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Cummins Power Generation buys Terex Generator Set assets

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Apr 12, 2010

Cummins Power Generation announced the purchase of the generator set assets of Westport, Ct.-based Terex Corp. The agreement, effective Jan. 22 but publicly announced on March 31, increases Cummins Power Generation’s rental business capabilities through expanded production operations in its ...

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The feast and famine of road repairs

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Mar 30, 2010

It’s either feast or famine. After several years of minimal maintenance and street resurfacing in the Chicago area because of state funding shortfalls, dozens of projects were carried out last year because of stimulus funding. And about 45 miles of road ...

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