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Preservation 'roadmap'
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A new "roadmap" indicating the direction of research in pavement management and preservation is coming at just the right time, as states begin to openly curtail capacity improvements in favor of pavement preservation. More

Stretching exercises: Using digital images to understand bridge failures
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With a random-looking spatter of paint specks, a pair of cameras and a whole lot of computer processing, engineer Mark Iadicola of the National Institute of Standards and Technology has been helping the Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, to assure the safety of hundreds of truss bridges across the United States. Iadicola has been testing the use of a thoroughly modern version of an old technique — photographic measurement or "photogrammetry" — to watch the failure of a key bridge component in exquisite detail. More

The American Society of Highway Engineers, Southwest Pennsylvania Section, is currently planning the ASHE 2012 National Conference. This year's conference will be held at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, Pa. We are now making exhibit spaces available to our members and friends. Click on the logo for more information!

The cost and complexity of highways
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VideoBriefIf you want a quick understanding of why building highways, roadways and vehicular bridges in this country is so expensive — and so complicated — just watch the following video concerning the Utah Department of Transportation's I-15 CORE Project. Even though this huge highway project is an example of how new techniques and processes are being deployed to make roadway and bridge construction faster, safer and cheaper (relatively), the price tag is still astounding. More

RITA awards grants to University Transportation Centers
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Developing and adopting innovative technologies to solve America's transportation challenges takes time and money. But before that, we need outstanding research. And where better to do research than the many respected universities spread across the country? More

Work zone safety: Protective services
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When you get down to it, roadside safety is about minimizing negative impacts —in some cases, quite literally. It is about reducing the probability for harm by introducing positive factors into the equation. For example, effective planning, improved technologies and behavioral modification all play key roles in maximizing roadside safety. Safety in work zones is no different. More

Concrete barrier, parapet pavers enhance highway safety
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Although the practice of using a concrete barrier down the center of a roadway to separate opposing traffic dates back to the mid-1940s, the practice seems really to have gained steam when, in 1955, the state of New Jersey began using an 18-inch vertical concrete wall in the median of major highways. But the Jersey has competition, which means that paving contractors who might install barriers and bridge parapets in several states usually have a substantial investment in molds. More

Work Zone Road User Costs — Concepts and Applications
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The U.S. Federal Highway Administration's Office of Operations has released a report that provides information on work zone road user cost components and concepts. The report also addresses their application in selecting the preferred maintenance of traffic alternatives, project delivery/contracting strategies, and benefit-cost analysis. Work zone road user costs are designed to help provide the economic basis for quantifying adverse work zone impacts. More

3 political challenges to enacting transportation bill by March 31
Transportation Issues Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
SAFETEA-LU, the federal surface transportation bill, expires on March 31. Enacting a bill by then requires quickly overcoming big political challenges (e.g., how to fund the bill) and procedural challenges (e.g., deadlines for committees to act.) Incidentally, overcoming those challenges and enacting a bill could significantly increase the positive image of Congress. More
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