2021, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Sustainability, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Got face masks? Make a road!

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!

2021, Safety, Utah

UDOT adopts AI tech to survey 350 miles of roadways

The Utah Department of Transportation is enlisting the help of AI-technology to improve state roads, but it’s not the type of Artificial Intelligence you see in movies.   Starting June 1, Blyncsy, a local data intelligence startup, will kick off a pilot program of Payver — a tool that delivers instant insights into transportation — with UDOT. Using this technology, the department will analyze paint lines across 350 miles of roads in the Salt Lake region. Click… Continue reading UDOT adopts AI tech to survey 350 miles of roadways

2021, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, CNMI, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Safety, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

OPINION: Why smart roads are just as important as autonomous vehicles

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

2021, Asphalt Pavements, Hawaii

Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say

State officials say the measure would speed up the cumbersome procurement process, but others worry it would make legitimate bid appeals unaffordable. Does Senate Bill 1329, goes too far, stripping away the necessary oversight of how public agencies award multi-million dollar contracts to private bidders and creating a situation in which backroom deals and corruption… Continue reading Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say

2021, Hawaii, Sustainability, Washington

Electric Vehicles Are About to Be Cheaper Than Gas Cars

Many consumers, however, are left wondering whether electric cars are cheaper to drive. Washington State is by far the cheapest to run a battery-powered electric car over the 15-year life span of a vehicle. The electricity required to power the vehicle can be as much as $14,480 cheaper than fueling up a gas-powered vehicle while… Continue reading Electric Vehicles Are About to Be Cheaper Than Gas Cars

2021, Asphalt Pavements

Running deflection testing in tandem optimized an airport runway assessment

As part of their pavement management program, airport officials at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas, coupled two types of deflection tests to assess the condition of one of its runways. This pairing allowed them to determine whether partial rehabilitation or a complete and costly reconstruction would be necessary. Click here to discover what they… Continue reading Running deflection testing in tandem optimized an airport runway assessment

2021, Hawaii, People

HAPI Hall of Fame

Established in 2021, the Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry (HAPI) Hall of Fame honors and recognizes those individuals that have:  Made significant and lasting contributions to the Asphalt Paving Industry.Unselfishly and generously served HAPI and the industry.Demonstrated a consistent high standard of ethics.Made outstanding contributions of time and or ideas to the industry.Helped mold our industry,… Continue reading HAPI Hall of Fame

2021, Asphalt Pavements, Safety, Washington

Asphalt Barrier Prevents Contaminants in the Soil from Reaching Groundwater

For the past several years, the WAPA Paving Innovation Awards have been dominated by the ever-increasing use of porous pavements. For instance, last year, street paving jobs at Gonzaga University for the City of Spokane and in Tacoma on East 40th Street took home the prizes. Porous asphalt is a favorite material for reducing the… Continue reading Asphalt Barrier Prevents Contaminants in the Soil from Reaching Groundwater

2021, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

FAA Supports Airport Improvement Projects With $630m In Grants

Many airfields are constructed using asphalt pavements. It's good news to hear about the FAA's $630 million in grants. The FAA grants go to major US airports that hundreds of millions of passengers pass through each year and to minor airports that only see a few flights per day and some airports that receive essential… Continue reading FAA Supports Airport Improvement Projects With $630m In Grants