$22 million for Caltrans project

August 1, 2010  |  News

Granite Construction Co. has been awarded a $22 million contract by the California DOT (Caltrans) for the widening of Highway 46 near Bakersfield. Scope of the work includes the construction and widening of the existing two-lane highway to a four-lane expressway, including the placement of aggregate…
$600 million now available in TIGER II grants

August 1, 2010  |  News

Following on the success of the U.S. DOT’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program, it has announced the availability of $600 million in TIGER II grants for capital investment in surface transportation projects. TIGER II grants will be awarded…
$3.54 billion proposed for N.J. DOT

August 1, 2010  |  News

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has proposed a transportation capital program for NJDOT and NJ TRANSIT in the amount of $3.54 billion for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2010. The FY11 spending plan includes a $200 million state-funded local aid component and approaches last yea…
Billion dollar link for China

August 1, 2010  |  News

China’s Gansu Province will benefit from a new highway connection. Work on the Cheng County-Wudu highway is scheduled to start at the end of August 2010. This connection will be a major new multi-lane highway and is expected to cost about $1.61 billion USD to complete. The Cheng County-Wudu highwa…
Albania to surface road links

August 1, 2010  |  News

Albania’s road network is currently in poor condition with insufficient highway capacity for the volume of vehicles. The country has few paved highways and many unsurfaced roads. However, the Albanian government has pledged a paving initiative, starting with coastal roads that will be paved by…
Geo-Frontiers 2011 update

August 1, 2010  |  News

Exhibits and sponsorship activity is well under way Geo-Frontiers 2011 will provide a unique opportunity to present products and services to an audience much broader than the traditional geosynthetics conference audience. Partners in this event March 13–16 in Dallas include ASCE’s Geo-In…
GMA pushes onward for coal-ash containment liners

August 1, 2010  |  News

By Andrew Aho In May, the EPA announced that it plans to regulate coal-ash containment sites by requiring that all sites are fitted with liners (geomembranes and geosynthetic clay liners). As you know, GMA has been advocating for such regulations through our government relations program. We successf…
A uniquely wonderful conference

August 1, 2010  |  News

By Bob Koerner The conferences that most of us involved with geosynthetics attend follow similar formats. The larger ones (i.e., more than 1,000 attendees) have keynote lectures and are then followed by simultaneous sessions subdivided by specific themes. The papers delivered have been peer reviewed…
9ICG: A great success!

August 1, 2010  |  News

The 9th International Conference on Geosynthetics (9ICG) of the IGS was held in Guarujá, Brazil, May 23-27, 2010, with more than 800 participants. It was the first ICG in the Southern Hemisphere. The 9ICG keynote lecturers were: Sandro Sandroni, Brazil (“Brazilian Research and Practice …
Geomembrane sealing systems for dams

August 1, 2010  |  News

Editor’s Note: Bob Koerner coauthored this article, “Geomembrane sealing systems for dams,” from the April 2008 issue of Geosynthetics and he responds to this query. Question From: Zarko, Macedonia Posted: May 7, 2010 We have one question: Can we apply the geomembrane rehabilitatio…