2019, Safety, Utah

UDOT installs new radar-triggered signs that warn drivers when wildlife is near

Pondering the use of wildlife bridges, tunnels and fences to protect animals crossing the road but finding them too expense and time consuming get constructed? UDOT came up with an idea they think will be a quick, cheap, and first-of-its-kind solution. Click here for the article in the Salt Lake Tribune that shares their solution… Continue reading UDOT installs new radar-triggered signs that warn drivers when wildlife is near

2019, People, Utah

Utah launches new career pathways program aimed at construction industry

The issue of workforce development, particularly in construction, remains a huge challenge for Utah. This article describes a great way the state is approaching the issue to help us in the asphalt industry. In late March, the Governor's Office of Economic Development announced the launch of the Utah Architecture, Engineering and Construction Pathway program as… Continue reading Utah launches new career pathways program aimed at construction industry

2019, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Survey: Recruiting, Retaining New Workers Becoming More Difficult for State Governments

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

2019, Asphalt Pavements, Safety, Utah

UDOT avalanche crews prep for winter storm

According to a news release, UDOT triggers about 330 avalanches annually in Little Cottonwood Canyon to decrease the threat of snowfall from the mountains to drivers and property. UDOT has refined its technology over the years. It uses Remote Avalanche Control Systems to trigger avalanches in a "more customized, fine-tuned approach," the news release explained.… Continue reading UDOT avalanche crews prep for winter storm

2019, Asphalt Pavements, Utah

In addition to north-south routes, UDOT says their east-west feeders also need work

The transportation department has hundreds of millions of dollars tied up in near future projects on high-capacity, north-south running highways.  But the state says work also needs to be done on several east-west routes that feed into them. “We have a lot of great north-south projects going on,” UDOT Region One Director Lisa Wilson recently told… Continue reading In addition to north-south routes, UDOT says their east-west feeders also need work

2018, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, CNMI, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pavement Treatments, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

NAPA Issues New Thinlay Guidance

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

2018, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, CNMI, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Porous Asphalt, Sustainability, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Structural Design Guidelines for Porous Asphalt Pavements (July 2018)

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)