IDOT to spend $110 million on Interstate infrastructure

April 24, 2017

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced $110 million in Interstate infrastructure spending around the city of Council Bluffs in 2017, part of the largest highway funding effort in history by IDOT. The projects include new onramps, highway bridge construction, paving, railroad bridge reconstruction, and sewer work. IDOT is also in the planning stages of …

AFM releases Radon Guard

April 21, 2017

AFM Corporation of Lakeville, Minn., announced the release of Radon Guard, a product that mitigates radon and other subsurface gases through effective ventilation. It simultaneously acts as an underslab insulation (R-10 min.), and provides a capillary break. “Unfortunately, risk of exposure to radon is prevalent in much of the United States,” says AFM Corporation president, …

Need help deciphering military specifications?

April 20, 2017

The Industrial Fabric Association International’s Military Division is offering a free webinar for industry professionals on May 4, 2017, at noon EST, entitled “MIL-SPECS: Get the Facts and Gain a Competitive Edge.” The webinar will provide an in-depth analysis of the scope of a Detail Specification, along with a Q&A session. This webinar will help …

GSI offers webinar on geosynthetics in heap leach mining

April 19, 2017

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar on “Geosynthetic Applications Used in Heap Leach Mining,” on April 26, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The chemical extraction of precious metals from low grade ore and tailings has been ongoing since the 1950s. Gold, silver and copper are the general targets, wherein heaps …

FHWA provides $9 million for transportation projects on tribal lands

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) is providing $9 million for 77 projects aimed at improving transportation safety on tribal lands. “Transportation is a key to accessing opportunity and we are committed to helping make travel safer on tribal roads,” said Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. “These funds will assist …

Internship resources now available to IFAI members

April 18, 2017

Investing in the industry is something the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and members prioritize. These investments help ensure the growth of the many companies within the association. With this mission in mind, it is vital to continue the tradition of hiring ambitious individuals to join the industry and drive it into the future. Finding …

Huesker establishes Australian subsidiary

April 17, 2017

Following the recent acquisition of NBW Mining (Aust) Pty Ltd, the Huesker Group announced April 13, 2017, the establishment of Huesker Australia Pty Ltd. Huesker Australia will better enable the group to serve clients in Australasia. “We will service and supply the infrastructure, civil, environmental, and hydraulic construction and engineering industries [in Australasia] directly,” said …

Road contractor employment grew 8.2 percent in February

April 13, 2017

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced workers employed by highway, street and bridge contractors grew 8.2 percent in February compared to the same month in 2016, representing a net increase of roughly 20,300 workers. Total workers employed reached 267,400, the highest mark for February since 2008. To view ARTBA’s full labor report …

Utah DOT top 10 projects for 2017

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced its Top 10 Pr­­­­ojects list for the 2017 construction season April 12. This year’s top project will build five freeway-like interchanges on Bangerter Highway in the southwest Salt Lake Valley over the next two years. The $249 million project will be completed in late 2018. UDOT has 180 …

FHWA releases $768.2 million in emergency funds for roads and bridges

April 11, 2017

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) made available $768.2 million for emergency repair work on roads and bridges damaged by storms or catastrophic events in 40 states. Funded through the Emergency Relief (ER) program, it is one of the largest single awards for such repair work made by the federal government. “Transportation is a lifeline for …