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Guidelines for Ramp and Interchange Spacing
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TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 687: Guidelines for Ramp and Interchange Spacing explores guidelines for ramp and interchange spacing based on design, operations, safety and signing considerations. The report is designed to help aid the decision-making process when an agency is considering new ramps or interchanges on existing facilities, modifying ramps and interchanges of existing facilities, or when planning and designing new highway and interchange facilities. More

Study to analyze pavement fuel efficiency
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The National Asphalt Pavement Association announced that Auburn University's Department of Mechanical Engineering, together with the National Center for Asphalt Technology, is conducting a study looking at pavement factors that affect the fuel efficiency of vehicles. Results from the study could be an important step in enabling engineers and contractors to design and construct more fuel-efficient asphalt pavements. More

Location selected for 2012 National Work Zone Awareness Week
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On April 1, the National Work Zone Awareness Week Executive Committee met at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., and selected Missouri as the "host state" to kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week in April 2012. The venue for the event will be the Route 141 project in St. Louis. Other states submitting nominations to compete for the honors were West Virginia, Texas, Mississippi and Washington. More

LRFD Metal Loss and Service-Life Strength Reduction Factors for Metal-Reinforced Systems
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TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 675: LRFD Metal Loss and Service-Life Strength Reduction Factors for Metal-Reinforced Systems explores the development of metal loss models for metal-reinforced systems that are compatible with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Load and Resistance Factor Design Bridge Design Specifications. More

From Alabama to Alaska, DOT delivers emergency relief to states
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When a natural disaster strikes, the cost of repairing roads and bridges can be a tremendous burden to states. But restoring vital transportation links is important so commerce can resume and residents can get back to work and school. More




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Wolf River Boulevard to become first Audubon-certified road in the US
Rebuilding America's Infrastructure    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Smith Seckman Reid Inc., an engineering design and facility consulting firm, is providing the construction engineering and inspection services for the city of Germantown, Tenn.'s Wolf River Boulevard. This $25 million project is part of the Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary green certification program. It will be the first silver-certified road in Tennessee, and the first Audubon-certified road in the United States. More

Weighing the options: 'Back to gravel' doesn't have to be the only choice for a failing road — even if funds are scarce
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Ken Skorseth isn't down on asphalt; he's up on options for cash-strapped agencies facing expiring or deteriorating secondary roadways. And, for a guy who's been at the "Alternatives to Paving" table for at least a decade, he's suddenly seen the spaces around that table fill up and overflow with hungry transportation engineers and planners. More

Natural gas-boosting bill includes fuel, vehicle, infrastructure tax credits
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A bipartisan bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives, if passed, will provide significant inventive for the purchase and use of natural gas and natural gas vehicles. New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act, H.R. 1380, dubbed "NAT GAS" for short, is intended to provide financial benefits for users of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. More
   
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