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Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

The Innovative DOT: Pricing Strategies

Friday, January 30th, 2015
The Innovative DOT: Focus Area 3

Appropriate pricing strategies can raise revenues and manage demand, keeping costs down. On the other hand, when transportation system users do not see appropriate price signals, demand is artificially high, increasing congestion and pressure for new capacity. State departments of transportation generally cannot impose price signals on their own, but they can work with a variety of stakeholders and decision-makers, from legislators to insurance companies, to accomplish these goals.

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ASCE Music Video Contest: Do You Want to Build a Highway?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
ASCE Music Video Contest: Do You Want to Build a Highway?

Taking the music of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” from the popular Disney movie Frozen, this video portrays the excited and enthusiastic nature of a young engineer as she anxiously anticipates her first big project. The National Capital Section of ASCE’s video, “Do You Want to Build…” was awarded an honorable mention in ASCE’s 2014 Student and Younger Member Video Contest.

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CalTrans: Winter Storm Repairs in California

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
CalTrans: Winter Storm Repairs in California

In this Caltrans News Flash, spokesman Jason Probst shows us some of the activities our maintenance crews take on to keep roads open during harsh winter weather. Traffic Management Leadworker Javier Silva talks about what Caltrans does to keep travel disruptions to a minimum, and Maintenance Supervisor Angelo Gross reminds drivers to keep safety in mind when highway workers are present.

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Virginia DOT: Shirley Highway After 65 Years

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Virginia DOT: Shirley Highway After 66 Years

Take a walk with VDOT down Memory Lane to see what Shirley Highway, now Interstate 395, in northern Virginia used to be like.

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South Carolina Transportation by the Numbers

Friday, January 16th, 2015
South Carolina Cost Breakdown

South Carolina must improve its system of roads, highways and bridges to foster economic growth and keep businesses in the state. In addition to economic growth, transportation improvements are needed to ensure safe, reliable mobility and quality of life for all South Carolinians. Meeting South Carolina’s need to modernize and maintain its system of roads, highways and bridges will require a significant boost in local, state and federal funding.

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Arizona DOT: Progress on the US 89 Cameron Roadway

Monday, January 12th, 2015
Arizona DOT: Progress on the US 89 Cameron Roadway

The Arizona Department of Transportation is improving US 89 between State Route 64 and the Little Colorado River through Cameron on the Navajo Nation, located approximately 50 miles north of Flagstaff. This project is planned to be constructed in two main phases, with completion anticipated in Fall 2016.

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Jacksonville, FL: Overland Bridge Project Explanation

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Jacksonville, FL: Overland Bridge Project Explanation

Insight to what the Overland Bridge project on I-95, downtown Jacksonville, Florida will accomplish when completed in summer 2016.

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Ophir, OR: Replacing a Washed-Out Highway

Monday, January 5th, 2015
Ophir, OR: Replacing a Washed-Out Highway

Tidewater Contractors is wrapping up replacement of a washed out culvert on U.S. 101 at Ophir, about 10 miles north of Gold Beach. The highway sank on the afternoon of Dec. 21, causing ODOT to detour Oregon Coast Highway traffic to Ophir Road.

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For highway innovation, 2014 was a very good year

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
Tappan Zee Work Underway

Innovation and investment in infrastructure doesn’t take a holiday. Throughout 2014, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been relentless in working with state DOTs to save time, save money and save lives, by encouraging the use of innovative technologies and methods to build roads, bridges and highways better, faster and more cost-effectively.

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Hidden Highways: Fog and Traffic Crashes on America’s Roads

Thursday, December 25th, 2014
Figure 2. Graph compiled from NASS GES data (1990-2008). Data weighted to reflect all police-reported crashes nationwide

Fog presents numerous challenges to motorists. By definition, it reduces visibility to less than 5/8-mile, and, as fog obscures details of the driving environment and reduces contrast, drivers have difficulty accurately perceiving certain things that are crucial for safe driving, such as depth and speed. Moreover, because high beams reflect off of the suspended water droplets that fog comprises and actually make it harder to see, drivers are deprived of a tool that is useful in other low-visibility situations.

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