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Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

Guest on The Infra Blog: Bud Wright, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Bud Wright, Executive Director, AASHTO

Frederick G. “Bud” Wright is Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a non-profit, non-partisan association which advocates transportation-related policies and provides technical services to support states in their efforts to efficiently and safely move people and goods. He has almost four decades of experience in both the private sector and as a top executive at the Federal Highway Administration.

“I think the most important thing for us right now is to preserve the investment that we have already made…You build a home and you don’t just walk away from it for the next hundred years. You’re going to have to make investments to not only maintain it, but to upgrade it.”

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Illinois Highway Materials Sustainability Efforts

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Figure 1. Reclaimed material use, 2013.

ILLINOIS CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has many years of experience using a variety of reclaimed and recycled materials in highway construction. Major material use in highway construction is in the form of aggregates, concrete, and hot-mix asphalt (HMA). It should be no surprise that reclaimed and recycled material use is aligned with usage of these basic construction materials. This report presents the quantity of materials used in 2013, along with specific reporting as required in Illinois Public Act 097-0314. Specific reporting on use of shingles, along with efforts to reduce the carbon footprint and to achieve cost savings through the use of recycled and reclaimed materials, in asphalt paving projects is presented.

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Oregon DOT: Blasting Rock on U.S. 26 Mt. Hood

Monday, September 8th, 2014
Oregon DOT: Blasting Rock on U.S. 26 Mt. Hood

Test blast for rock blasting on the U.S. 26 Mt. Hood Safety project on Sept. 4, 2014. Cutting back the slopes from the road will require several more days of blasting and closures of U.S. 26 and nearby trails. To learn more visit www.US26MtHoodSafety.org

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Columbia, MO: Building a Bridge from the Ground Up

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Columbia, MO: Building a Bridge from the Ground Up

This is a timelapse video of the GRS-IBS construction of the Route B bridge over Business Loop 70 in Columbia, MO. The video is of construction to date (8-25-14) on the bridge.

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No, Americans Are (Still) Not Driving More

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Written by Shane Phillips
The U.S. Department of Transportation is reporting that driving is at a six-year high, but beware the hype. As James Brasuell at Planetizen notes, these numbers are not adjusted for population and thus don’t account for the growing number of residents living in the country. As always, the better question to ask is how much the average American is driving, and the answer to that is the same as it’s been for years: less and less.

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Kip Moore – On The Case: An Ode to Construction Workers Around the U.S.

Monday, September 1st, 2014
Kip Moore – On The Case: An Ode to Construction Workers Around the U.S.

Kip Moore and CASE dedicate this song to the hard-working men and women who commit their lives to constructing the world where we live, work and play. Thank you for all you do.

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Vote for Your Favorite Transportation Photo

Friday, August 29th, 2014
AASHTO Faces of Transportation Photo Contest

AASHTO’S Faces of Transportation photo/video contest is closed to submissions this year, but you can still participate in history by voting for your favorite entry. Whichever photo gets the most votes will win of the “People’s Choice Award,” and the photographer will receive a $500 prize.

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La Grande, OR: A Bicycle Detour for Highway Construction

Monday, August 25th, 2014
La Grande, OR: A Bicycle Detour for Highway Construction

Bicycle detour options around construction site on I-84 in eastern Oregon, west of La Grande.

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Lowell, MI: Demolition of the M-50 Bridge

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Lowell, MI: Demolition of the M-50 Bridge

Normally, bridge demolition is a fairly fast process that can even allow for traffic to cross one side of the bridge during work. With the M-50 bridge, the situation was much different. Crews had to close the entire bridge due to the way it was built.

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Oregon DOT: Fighting Forest Fires Along U.S. 30

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Oregon DOT: Fighting Forest Fires Along U.S. 30

Firefighters deploy along US30 in the Columbia River Gorge to protect life and property.

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