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
WSDOT Installs Gold Star Memorial Highway Signs
The Washington State Department of Transportation recently unveiled new signs along the 12-mile long State Route 902 designating it as a Gold Star Memorial Highway. [Above photo by the WSDOT.] SR 902 is the primary route traveled to reach Medical Lake, home to the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, the agency said; the final resting place… Continue reading WSDOT Installs Gold Star Memorial Highway Signs
FHWA Technical Briefs – FHWA’s Asphalt Density Demonstration Project
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
Every Day Counts Virtual Summit – Available On-Demand
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
How can EPDs be used to achieve environmental benefits?
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.
New Asphalt Pavement Alliance Website Aimed at Decision Makers
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
Is it Possible to Maintain Porous Pavement?
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?
Video: How State DOTs Work To Ensure NEPA Compliance
In this video from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Center for Environmental Excellence, Kyle Schneweis – the outgoing executive director of the Nebraska Department of Transportation – explains how NEPA assignments work to streamline the environmental review process without sacrificing environmental protections; saving both time and taxpayer dollars. Click here for the video… Continue reading Video: How State DOTs Work To Ensure NEPA Compliance
ASTM Fatigue Cracking Evaluation Standard
A proposed ASTM International standard will allow those in the road construction industry to extend the service life of asphalt mixtures by more accurately predicting and evaluating fatigue performance. ASTM’s road and pavement committee (D04) is developing the proposed standard. According to ASTM International member M. Emin Kutay, the proposed standard (WK74054) will be used… Continue reading ASTM Fatigue Cracking Evaluation Standard
Caterpillar Expands Fatigue Monitoring to On-road
Guardian 2 is now available through Caterpillar dealers for use on light vehicles and on-highway trucks. The system monitors driver fatigue and distraction, and is similar to technology currently being used on mining trucks. Click here for the complete article, including a Caterpillar produced video explaining how the monitoring system works, from Construction Equipment.