In the classroom: Part 4: Geosynthetics education through the FHWA/NHI

October 1st, 2017

There is a twofold purpose for a geosynthetics education program. First, it must offer training to engineers who were not exposed to the subject during college. Second, it must provide a refresher and continuing education for those who have previously taken courses in the subject area.     The continuing education courses on geosynthetics offered […]

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Trump nominates former IDOT director to lead FHWA

September 18th, 2017

President Donald J. Trump nominated Paul Trombino II, former director of the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Trombino, 51, led IDOT from 2011 to 2016, resigning in November 2016 to take a position as president of McClure Engineering of Clive, Iowa. The nomination requires approval by the U.S. […]

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FHWA offers pavement preservation focus in September

September 7th, 2017

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Every Day Counts (EDC) innovation of the month for September is pavement preservation (when, where, and how), a whole-life approach to extending the service life of pavement networks. Applying a pavement preservation treatment at the right time (when) on the right project (where) with quality materials and construction (how) is […]

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GMA Techline

August 1st, 2017

Liner repair? Pullout tests? Sewn seams? Shear strength of sludges? Geomembrane liner repair Q: I have a facility that has submitted liner repair documentation for the repair of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) liner for a leachate/stormwater pond at an industrial landfill site. The repairs were performed using either a patch or, for indentations and small […]

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USDOT rescinds $857 million from federal aid to state highway funds

July 6th, 2017

In a notice issued June 21, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) rescinded $857 million of unobligated balances apportioned to states. The rescission applies to funding from programs ranging from Interstate Maintenance to the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program. Federal law required the rescissions under the Department of […]

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FHWA provides $9 million for transportation projects on tribal lands

April 19th, 2017

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 […]

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

April 11th, 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 […]

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Instrumentation and monitoring of GRS–IBS bridge

November 16th, 2016

76-page “Rustic Road Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS)–Integrated Bridge System (IBS)” prepared for the Missouri Department of Transportation by Andrew Boeckmann, Eric Lindsey, Sam Runge, and J. Erik Loehr (University of Missouri Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) The Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) Integrated Bridge System (IBS) is a technology developed and promoted by the Federal […]

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Alaskan bridge uses innovation in harsh climate

September 15th, 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in cooperation with the Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich'in tribal nation, is building Alaska's first geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS–IBS) project. The project to replace a bridge over the Sucker River in Fort Yukon, 11 miles north of the Arctic Circle, will test GRS–IBS technology in a harsh environment with record […]

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WisDOT saves time, reduces delay in bridge replacements

August 29th, 2016

Work on two aging Dodge County bridges is demonstrating the benefits of the Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil–Integrated Bridge System The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is unveiling replacement work at two Dodge County bridges to showcase a construction technique that simplifies the process and reduces project time. Championed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for nearly […]

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