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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

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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San Diego, CA: East Palomar Street Bridge Demolition

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
San Diego, CA: East Palomar Street Bridge Demolition

Demolition of freeway overpass in San Diego – North View

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The Needs of Oregon’s County-Run Roads

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
County Road Fund Revenue Sources

ASSOCIATION OF OREGON COUNTIES

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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

AAA FOUNDATION FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY
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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From Mine to Bridge: Boston’s Steel Infrastructure

Thursday, December 25th, 2014
From Mine to Bridge: Boston’s Steel Infrastructure

Steel is inherent to the Boston waterfront landscape. Transportation infrastructure such as bridges are essential to ease circulation throughout the harbor. These bridges are all made of steel. Where did this steel actually come from? From Mine to Bridge explores the supply chain of steel, from ore mining, to stock piling, manufacturing, and construction.

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Shake It Off – University of Nevada, Reno, Earthquake Engineering Laboratory

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Shake It Off – University of Nevada, Reno, Earthquake Engineering Laboratory

The Earthquake Engineering Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno is known for testing large-scale structures on its four shake tables. This video is a parody of Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off” that shows how engineers can safely design bridges and buildings to resist earthquake loading. The University of Nevada, Reno ASCE Student Chapter is the GRAND PRIZE WINNER and recipient of $5,000 in the Student Chapter category of ASCE’s 2014 Student and Younger Member Music Video Contest.

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Riverside County, CA: Completing the I-215 Van Buren Interchange

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Riverside County, CA: Completing the I-215 Van Buren Interchange

Video detailing the planning, construction and impact of the Van Buren Interchange on California’s I-215.

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2015 AASHTO Transportation Bottom Line Report

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Highways and Bridges Maximum Economic Investments

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS (AASHTO)An annual investment of $120 billion for highways and bridges between 2015 and 2020 is necessary to improve the condition and performance of the system, given a rate of travel growth of 1.0 percent per year in vehicle miles of travel, which has been AASHTO’s sustainability goal, […]

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Arizona DOT: How to Get Tons of Snow and Ice Off the Roads

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Arizona DOT: How to Get Tons of Snow and Ice Off the Roads

Winter has yet to officially arrive— however storms have already delivered snow as far south as the Carolinas and throughout the northwest. Keeping roadways safe and passable during inclement weather is a top priority for every state department of transportation. This week on Transportation TV our State to State Video takes you behind the wheel of an Arizona Department of Transportation plow truck. See what it takes to move tons of snow and ice each year and learn how motorists can do their part to make roadways safer during winter.

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