2019, Asphalt Pavements, Washington

Weekend-long lane reductions coming to Aurora Bridge

We had posted an article about the use of oscillatory rollers for HMA on bridge decks (click here to go to that article). The backstory to this Aurora Bridge article is that the paving contractor (Lakeside Industries) is getting great compaction results using three (3) oscillatory rollers. Click here to learn about another summer, another… Continue reading Weekend-long lane reductions coming to Aurora Bridge

2019, People, Safety, Washington

New roundabout comes in for a landing at SR 20 on Whidbey Island

Ever wonder how a roundabout gets constructed?  Well wonder no more! Favorable weather and some outstanding work by contractors allowed a new roundabout on SR 20 near Oak Harbor to open this past Sunday, 10 days ahead of schedule! Here's a time lapse look at the work over a little more than two weeks to… Continue reading New roundabout comes in for a landing at SR 20 on Whidbey Island

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

Platooning Continues to Be Put Under Microscope at Federal Level

The effects of truck platooning on the nation’s infrastructure continues to be studied, federal officials told the American Society of Civil Engineers’ International Conference on Transportation and Development here. Derek Constable, a bridge management engineer for the Federal Highway Administration, said the agency has a research project underway to investigate platooning’s impact on structural safety,… Continue reading Platooning Continues to Be Put Under Microscope at Federal Level

2019, California, People, Safety, Washington

Six Western State DOTs Win Prestigious Awards For Projects That Strengthen Communities And Improve Lives

Eight transportation projects from six western state departments of transportation today received top honors in the regional America’s Transportation Awards competition. Some of today’s winning projects are credited with improving safety for schoolchildren, protecting wildlife habitats and restoring access to communities after massive mudslides. Click here to see the winners from the Western Association of State… Continue reading Six Western State DOTs Win Prestigious Awards For Projects That Strengthen Communities And Improve Lives

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

Oregon lawmaker introduces bill to raise gas tax, eventually linking it to inflation

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Tuesday introduced the Rebuild America Act of 2019, which would incrementally increase the federal gasoline and diesel taxes to invest in America’s infrastructure. The legislation raises the fuels tax by five cents a year over five years, indexes it to inflation, and establishes Congress’ intention to replace it with a more… Continue reading Oregon lawmaker introduces bill to raise gas tax, eventually linking it to inflation

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, Washington

The Path to a Specification Update: Oscillatory Rollers for HMA Bridge Deck Paving

A Western/Pacific Smooth Ride Sentinel 1st time exclusive! by David Gent, P.E., Executive Director Washington Asphalt Pavement Association (WAPA) The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has long used relatively thin (typically less than two-inch depth) hot mix asphalt (HMA) overlays, often in combination with waterproofing membranes, to protect concrete bridge decks from surface wear… Continue reading The Path to a Specification Update: Oscillatory Rollers for HMA Bridge Deck Paving