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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

Phoenix, OR: Blasting the Cut for the New North Phoenix Road

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Phoenix, OR: Blasting the Cut for the New North Phoenix Road

Blasting the cut for the new North Phoenix Road, part of the $72 million, I-5 Fern Valley Interchange project in Phoenix, Oregon. When complete in September 2016, it will feature Oregon’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange.

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Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Infrastructure 2014

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
HOW DO REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS AND INVESTORS—who could pursue opportunities regionally, nationally, or internationally—think about infrastructure? How do city leaders use infrastructure investments to position their cities for real estate investment and economic development? What role does infrastructure play relative to other economic development strategies? And are public and private perceptions and priorities aligned—or do they diverge, and in what ways? These were the central questions for Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City, the eighth in an annual series of reports examining infrastructure trends and issues by ULI and EY.

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As the Highway Trust Fund Runs Low on Cash, States Come to the Rescue with Creative Funding Initiatives

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 5
With federal transportation spending outpacing tax receipts by some $1.25 billion/month, the cash balance of the Federal Highway Trust is drawing perilously close to the point where the U.S Department of Transportation will be obliged to institute cash management strategies—such as reimbursing states weekly rather than on a daily basis— to keep the Trust Fund account solvent. Based on current spending and revenue trends, this point —a cash balance of $4 billion—may be reached as early as late July according to some estimates.

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FACES OF TRANSPORTATION Photo & Video Contest

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
2013 entry: Michael Ruggerio. New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia.

AASHTO’s Faces of Transportation photo contest is now accepting entries for 2014. Entering its 10th year, the contest is going down a new road by allowing VIDEO entries as well as stills. If you’ve got a photo (or a video) that captures the truth of transportation, don’t wait any longer–submit it now to the Faces of Transportation contest!

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Virginia DOT: Profile of a Pothole Hunter

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Virginia DOT: Profile of a Pothole Hunter

VDOT’s resident pothole hunter Phil Itkwik looks to the past – “Leave no hole unfilled” is his motto as another pothole season is upon the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Michigan DOT: Slide-In Bridge Replacement

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Michigan DOT: Slide-In Bridge Replacement

This video demonstrates how the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) uses slide-in bridge construction technology. This technology allows MDOT to build a new bridge next to the old bridge while it is being demolished. Once ready, the new bridge is slid into place, greatly reducing the impact this project would have otherwise had on motorists.

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West Virginia DOT: The Pothole Patching Process

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
West Virginia DOT: The Pothole Patching Process

Jackie Blankenship, US 119 DOH Supervisor, explains the pothole patching process.

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Transportation Moves Wisconsin

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Transportation Moves Wisconsin

Transportation Moves Wisconsin. The state’s multimodal transportation network moves Wisconsin as it has from our beginnings. Important decisions need to be made about the path to a new vision for transportation.

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Value-Added Tolling: A Better Deal for America’s Highway Users

Friday, March 28th, 2014

REASON FOUNDATION
Toll roads in America date back to colonial times. Entrepreneurs in the late 1700s and early 1800s requested and received charters from state governments, enabling them to raise money from investors to improve dirt tracks between towns into regularly maintained roads—in exchange for charging users a toll. Transportation historians have estimated that between 2,500 and 3,200 toll companies built and operated such roads in the 19th century, encompassing between 30,000 and 52,000 miles at various times. The first wave of toll roads occurred in the northeastern states in the late 1700s and early 1800s. And the same pattern was repeated in the western states, especially California, after the Civil War, as those states were settled.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike: Culvert Jacking to Minimize Traffic Effects

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Pennsylvania Turnpike: Culvert Jacking to Minimize Traffic Effects

This culvert jacking was part of Section B (Mainline Toll Plaza in Bensalem) for the Pennsylvania Turnpike / I-95 Interchange Project. The jacking occurred below I-276 as traffic flowed from the above highway, minimizing impacts to traffic. Urban Engineers (www.urbanengineers.com) is providing Construction Management for this project.

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