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Behind the Design of Colombia’s First Four-Lane Road

Better Roads Staff - Apr 11, 2014

Behind the  Design of Colombia’s First Four-Lane Road

Mario Huertas Corporation won a $400 million, five-year highway contract to design and build this major part of the country’s infrastructure.   With a $20 billion strategy geared toward revamping Colombia’s limited transport infrastructure, the country is tackling a number of ambitious ...

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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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65% of U.S. manufacturers say infrastructure won’t meet economical demands in next decade

Amanda Bayhi - Sep 17, 2013

65% of U.S. manufacturers say infrastructure won’t meet economical demands in next decade

America’s infrastructure is not improving quickly enough to continue to meet the needs of businesses, according to a report released today by Building America’s Future (BAM) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The report, "Infrastructure: Essential to Manufacturing Competitiveness," reflects ...

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It’s a Forest/Trees Thing

Better Roads Staff - Jun 05, 2013

It’s a Forest/Trees Thing

  It’s right in front of us in our everyday lives, but sometimes we don’t see it. That’s our transportation infrastructure system out there, one we pay for. We value it, but largely we don’t know what comes out of our pockets ...

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Future roads may include solar panels, LEDs and electric buses

Amanda Bayhi - Mar 15, 2013

Future roads may include solar panels, LEDs and electric buses

Two companies are shaping the future of transportation in the United States with innovations for safety, energy efficiency, longevity and more, Fast Company reported. One company, Solar Roadways, has introduced the idea of using glass panels and solar cells in place ...

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President pushes transportation construction speed-up in TV meetings

John Latta - Feb 20, 2013

President pushes transportation construction speed-up in TV meetings

President Obama is set to sit down today for interviews with half a dozen television stations from major cities to push a plan that will speed up transportation construction projects. This has been a clearly-stated and much publicized goal of ...

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Recognize quality asphalt paving projects, deadline now Oct. 12

Staff Report - Oct 02, 2012

The deadline for nominating Quality in Construction Awards to the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has been extended by one week to Friday, Oct. 12. NAPA's Quality in Construction Awards nationally recognizes superior asphalt paving projects around the nation.   The awards ...

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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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Transportation bipartisanship goes rank and file

John Latta - Dec 08, 2011

It might just stick. Bipartisanship in the quest for a new surface transportation bill arose from the depths of the summer of our discontent with SAFETEA-LU's sucessor; and it seems to be hanging on. When we get to January, probably February ...

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They cost how much! Are they worth it?

John Latta - Jun 27, 2011

Checking out some British road building news and came across an interesting commentary by the architecture correspondent of The Guardian newspaper. It came packaged with an online story about two new, short, roads in Britain. The first in Scotland cost ...

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Texas’ transportation funding nightmare

John Latta - Mar 10, 2011

Here is a very scary prediction: "By 2025, only 21 percent of Texas' roads will be in good or better condition." It's not my prediction, it comes from the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas, and its contained in ...

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Climate-controlled street and traffic lights

John Latta - Mar 09, 2011

It's Cornhusker common-sense. Nature is being called on to provide light at night for people using roads in Lincoln, Neb. The city is testing wind and solar power as a source of energy to power street and traffic lights. It's a ...

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