On Nov. 30, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake created significant damage to bridges and roads, including a highly used off-ramp at International Airport Road and Minnesota Drive in Anchorage. Within hours the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities organized a number of contractors to begin repairs to this major junction near the Ted Stevens Anchorage… Continue reading Broken Apart, Coming Together
By Cheyenne Mathews Construction on the Sterling Highway started in August of 2017 and is forecast to be complete in 2019. If you've driven between Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula this summer, chances are you waved at a Granite Construction Company flagger or waited while Granite crews worked. The company is working on two large… Continue reading Chipping Away at Highway Improvements
U.S. state governments face growing challenges attracting, building and retaining critically important talent and workforce skills, according to research by the National Association of State Chief Administrators, conducted in collaboration with global consulting company Accenture and human resources provider NEOGOV. According to the report, chief administrators and HR directors find “difficulty attracting new employees” as… Continue reading Survey: Recruiting, Retaining New Workers Becoming More Difficult for State Governments
Shaking from the large earthquake that shuddered through Anchorage, Alaska last week was strong enough to turn smooth asphalt roads into broken, jagged depressions of rubble. But within just a few days, crews managed to repair the worst of the damage, unsnarling traffic in Alaska’s largest city. Click here for the rest of the article.
Thinlays are a suite of thin-asphalt overlays designed specifically for pavement preservation. With Thinlays, agencies can extend the life of pavements that are in good to fair condition, decreasing life-cycle costs, improving ride, and decreasing roadway noise. The guide, Thinlays for Pavement Preservation (Information Series 141), provides comprehensive guidance on the proper use of Thinlays,… Continue reading NAPA Issues New Thinlay Guidance
Click here to view the PDF of this report. TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 516: Tack Coat Specifications, Materials, and Construction Practices provides state agencies across the United States with guidance as they reevaluate their tack coat specifications, the materials they use, and the practices by which the tack coats are placed.… Continue reading Tack Coat Specifications, Materials, and Construction Practices
Often the design of porous asphalt pavements is focused on how well the pavement will handle water, not traffic. For most parking lots and light-duty surfaces this may be a reasonable approach, but as public agencies look to use full-depth porous asphalt pavements on roadways a traditional structural design methodology is needed. Written by Charles… Continue reading Structural Design Guidelines for Porous Asphalt Pavements (July 2018)