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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

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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Building A Quake-Proof Bridge

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Building A Quake-Proof Bridge

A new, rocking, pre-tensioned concrete bridge support system has been developed by the University of Washington that reduces on-site construction time and minimizes earthquake damage. The 52-ton, 70-foot-long concrete bridge, built atop three 14- by 14-foot, 50-ton-capacity hydraulically driven shake tables at the University of Nevada, Reno, was shaken in a series of simulated earthquakes, culminating in the large ground motions recorded in the deadly and damaging 1995 magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Kobe, Japan.

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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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OIder Pedestrians at Risk in the Tri-State Region: NY/ NJ/ CT

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Figure 1. Tri-State Average Pedestrian Fatality Rate by Age Group (2003-2012)

TRI-STATE TRANSPORTATION CAMPAIGN
TSTC’s analysis clearly shows that across the tri-state and in the U.S., pedestrians 60 and older are at higher risk of dying from a car collision than their younger neighbors.

Why is this? A larger proportion of older adults may choose not to drive or may be unable to drive than younger adults, leaving a great number of older adults reliant on walking and taking transit. Also, as AARP explains, “With advanced age, bone density declines, making serious injury or death more likely if one is hit by a car.[. . .] Falls among people 65 and older are an equally significant public health concern and cost more than $19 billion annually in total direct medical costs. Inadequate sidewalk maintenance increases older adults’ risk.”

Simple roadway improvements, such as clearly marked crosswalks, longer crossing signals and wider pedestrian islands can help older pedestrians cross the street. Well-maintained sidewalks also help older adults get around safely without a vehicle.

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Tennessee’s Long-Range Transportation Plan

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Tennessee’s Long-Range Transportation Plan

TDOT is working on a new 25-Year Long-Range Plan. We’d like your input. http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/transportationplan/

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Utah DOT: Cleaning Culverts with Remote-Control Machines

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Utah DOT: Cleaning Culverts with Remote-Control Machines

Region 2 crews cleaning culverts via remote control.

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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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When to Use Existing Pavement in Highway Maintenance

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Photo of 35-year-old unbonded PCC overlay on I-90.

THE SECOND STRATEGIC HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM (SHRP 2)
This report documents the findings from the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) R23 project, Using Existing Pavement in Place and Achieving Long Life. This project falls within the SHRP 2 Renewal area, which focuses on improving the ability of highway agencies to design and construct long-lasting highway projects with minimal disruption to the traveling public. The project found that construction costs and time can be greatly reduced if the existing pavement can be used in place for part of the rehabilitation solution.

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