What now! Wondering what to do with those millions and millions of disposable face masks that people have been wearing during the pandemic — and then disposing of basically wherever they please? Why not make a new road? “The face masks have some amazing properties, including high tensile strengths and ductility,” Li explains. As a… Continue reading Got face masks? Make a road!
Someday we may be constructing smart roads . . . The focus on autonomous vehicle technology should not be isolated to the car itself, but also in upgrading the actual road infrastructure. State-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) to advance smart infrastructure will not only help driverless vehicles understand the roads better, but also improve overall road… Continue reading OPINION: Why smart roads are just as important as autonomous vehicles
Congress, at the behest of President Joe Biden, is hashing out its own major infrastructure plan, but some governors and legislatures figure they can go ahead and make critical one-time investments in road construction, broadband or other infrastructure projects. Some also are looking to target long-term funding for bigger-ticket items. “Our needs are so great.… Continue reading States’ COVID-Era Budget Surpluses Could Pay For Infrastructure
FHWA has recently published a series of four Technical Briefs developed in cooperation with the University of Nevada Reno. These Technical Briefs provide an overview of FHWA’s demonstration project on Enhancing Durability of Asphalt Pavements Through Increased In-place Density. The overall objective of the demonstration project was to show that additional density could be obtained… Continue reading FHWA Technical Briefs – FHWA’s Asphalt Density Demonstration Project
This handy 6-page Fact Sheet funded by Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) explains asphalt pavement material production (APM) and that emissions from APM facilities do NOT pose a risk to public health even at locations as close as 100 feet from an APM facility. This document was developed for CAPA by environmental consultant Tetra Tec… Continue reading Breathing Easy With The Asphalt Production Industry
Did you miss the EDC-6 summit was conducted virtually in December 2020? Now is your opportunity to watch it on demand. The summit included over 3000 attendees from State DOTs, local agencies, federal land management agencies, tribes and industry--to encourage creative thinking, and celebrate a shared vision for new opportunities. Click here for addition information,… Continue reading Every Day Counts Virtual Summit – Available On-Demand
Green public procurement (GPP) initiatives in the U.S.A. rely on the use of environmental product declarations (EPDs) of construction materials, including asphalt pavements. EPDs are not required by Federal laws or regulations. A recent study summarizes the current EPD developments and their uses to help achieve environmental benefits effectively. For more information, contact authors.
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) recently launched a new website aimed at assisting pavement type decision makers – government leaders, engineers, owners, and agencies. The new website provides data-driven resources, practical information, and educational opportunities offered by the APA and its partners – NAPA, the Asphalt Institute, and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The website… Continue reading New Asphalt Pavement Alliance Website Aimed at Decision Makers
Based on this article from For Construction Pros it is possible! The article discusses some solutions to the “porous pavement maintenance blues” which will even help extend the life of these specialized pavements. An interesting excerpt: "The third, and final step to a complete porous (asphalt) pavement maintenance program is to treat these pavements with new… Continue reading Is it Possible to Maintain Porous Pavement?
Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Roads awards, created in 2000, recognize the top projects in North America. Each year, nominations are submitted to the R&B editorial staff, which determines the Top 10 list based on project challenges, impact to region and scope of work. Click here for a description of the top 10 roads, including… Continue reading Top 10 Roads 2020