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Beware Premature Aging of Binder

Better Roads Staff - Jun 06, 2013

Beware Premature  Aging of Binder

Take care with liquid asphalt binder to avoid thermal crack failure   Thermal cracking – also known as low temperature cracking – in bituminous pavements appears as a series of transverse cracks that extend across the pavement surface in response to cold ...

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U.S. infrastructure spending has sharply declined in past five years

Amanda Bayhi - May 29, 2013

U.S. infrastructure spending has sharply declined in past five years

The collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington State has sparked a number of conversations about infrastructure spending in the United States. Though the Skagit River Bridge was only considered functionally obsolete rather than structurally deficient ...

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Washington governor announces I-5 bridge replacement plan

Amanda Bayhi - May 28, 2013

Washington governor announces I-5 bridge replacement plan

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has announced the state’s plan to temporarily replace the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River. A portion of the bridge collapsed Thursday night after an oversize truck struck an overhead steel ...

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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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WSDOT announces I-5 detours

Amanda Bayhi - May 24, 2013

WSDOT announces I-5 detours

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has announced that Interstate 5 has been closed in both directions in Skagit County south of Burlington. The agency said via Twitter that drivers should avoid the area or expect delays. WSDOT suggested the following ...

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Good news about the Columbia River Crossing

John Latta - Apr 23, 2013

Good news about the Columbia River Crossing

For the past five years the Cascade Bicycle Club has been opposed to the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) mega-highway, a Vancouver-Portland area project. The biggest reason the club says it opposes the CRC is “its opportunity cost: every one of the ...

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Cracking Cold

Better Roads Staff - Feb 17, 2012

Cracking Cold

Solving the Riddle of RAP and Thermal Cracking   By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor Use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in hot-, warm- and cold-mix asphalt is growing dramatically, as tests validate its use in ever-increasing quantities. But there are fears that higher quantities ...

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