ARTBA testifies to House committee against century-old rule ‘stifling’ innovation in transportation

September 7, 2018

A 1916 rule enacted by President Woodrow Wilson’s administration is curbing 21st-century transportation innovations that could improve safety and quality on the nation’s major roadways, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said in Sept. 5 testimony submitted to the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee. At issue is 23 CFR 635.411, a 102-year-old federal …

Idaho Transportation Department receives largest grant in its history

September 5, 2018

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) received $90.24 million in infrastructure grants in August, the largest grant ITD had ever received. It will be used to ease congestion on Interstate 84 in Nampa, Idaho, part of a larger project along I-84 corridor between Boise and Caldwell. “The project is expected to Improve safety by significantly reducing serious …

FAA to award $616.9 million in infrastructure grants to airports

August 29, 2018

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced on Aug. 24 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $616.9 million in airport infrastructure grants, as part of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. “The department has been investing heavily in our nation’s airport …

ARTBA leader Ruane to retire

June 20, 2018

Pete Ruane, president and CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), announced he will be retiring from the organization in October 2018 after 30 years of service, ARTBA said in a June 19, 2018, prepared statement. He is the longest tenured head of the 116-year-old organization. After Ruane’s departure, ARTBA executive vice …

FHWA accepting grant applications for advanced transportation technologies

April 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced April 18, 2018, it is accepting applications for grants from a pool of up to $60 million in federal funding under the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The grants will be made to eligible entities to develop model deployment sites for large-scale installation …

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Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway frost heave prevention and results

April 1, 2016

Abstract The Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, located about 30 miles (48km) west of Dillon, Mont., seasonally experiences frost heave problems over a 20-mile (30-km) stretch of road. The road is closed to winter traffic and typically re-opens in May. Longitudinal full-section depth cracks form during the spring thaw. One location, in the high alpine meadows …

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GRS-IBS Makes Quick Work of Bridge Replacement

September 9, 2015

When flooding forced the closure of the Jessup Mill Road Bridge over Edward’s Run in Mantua Township, New Jersey, county officials turned to a quick but effective solution to reopen the vital community link: geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system technology. “We had observed the use of innovative bridge construction methods in other states that reduce …

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Geosynthetics facilitate construction of 10,000-ton tunnel in two weeks

April 1, 2015

Construction of the new Nowolazurowa Street tunnel in western Warsaw, Poland. By Jakub Bryk Introduction Nowolazurowa is a new road in the western part of Warsaw, Poland, built to connect burgeoning suburbs with the highway ring road S8. It was designed as a two-roadway, dual-lane artery with sidewalks and bicycle lanes. The section described in …

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Building better bridges with geosynthetics

May 2, 2014

By Scott Gordon As the road leading up to a bridge presses down on the soil beneath its surface, the bridge tends to remain higher than the roadway, creating a problem that has menaced drivers and road engineers for years. “It’s called the bump at the end of the bridge,” says University of Wisconsin Associate …

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Montana DOT rebuilds an old bridge with a new system

April 1, 2014

Using geosynthetic reinforced soil, this two-lane project was completed faster with lower costs By Craig Abernathy Objective The structure built at the South Fork Dry Fork Marias River crossing was selected for a new technology tested in other states and was proven to work. The new bridge—also designed as a grizzly bear undercrossing—was built with …