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NETRMA plans 13 more miles of toll road in East Texas

by Thingz 2 Do In
Screen shot. The North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NETRMA) is planning to add an additional 13 miles of toll lanes to the Lindale Toll 49 toll road in East Texas after more than 930,000 vehicles have traveled it since its opening in November 2018, KLTV reports. This will continue the toll road through Chapel Hill all the way to Interstate 20. “We call it the eastern bypass,” said NETRMA Executive Director Chris Miller, according to the news agency. “It runs from State Highway 110 which is down by Whitehouse, and it will go east and head north towards State […]

Construction heads into final year for 2nd-tallest cable-stayed bridge in U.S. (VIDEO)

by Thingz 2 Do In
The under-construction new Gerald Desmond Bridge. Credit: Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project Construction of the second-tallest cable-stayed bridge in the United States is heading into its final year, with completion scheduled at the end of 2019. The deck for the new $1.2 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in Long Beach, California, stands 205 feet above the water, so the world’s largest cargo ships can travel underneath or their way in and out of the Port of Long Beach. The new six-lane bridge will also have a bike and pedestrian path and observation decks. It will span the port’s 220-foot-wide […]

Lane Construction to design, build section of Wekiva Parkway in Fla.

by Thingz 2 Do In
Rendering courtesy of Central Florida Expressway Authority. Lane Construction Co. will soon begin work on a $253 million design/build contract for one section of the $1.6 billion Wekiva Parkway toll road project in Seminole County, Florida, the Orlando Business Journal reports. Lane will be responsible for Section 8, which includes 2.63 miles from Orange Blvd. to east of Rinehart Rd., as well as the toll road’s interchange at Interstate 4 that will connect with State Road 417. The entire 25-mile  project — a collaboration between the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, and the Central Florida Expressway Authority — includes a new toll […]

DOTs use drones to inspect bridges with help from Intel

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A drone inspects the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge. Photo courtesy of Intel. Intel announced that it is helping the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Minnesota Department of Transportation improve bridge inspections by using drones to supplement manual inspections of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky and the Stone Arch Bridge in Minnesota. The drones are helping increase efficiency and produce more reliable data in less time and at a lower cost. “With bridges worldwide experiencing undetected structural issues due to inefficient inspection and monitoring processes and unreliable data for rehabilitation, it is critical to address this real-world […]

ConstructionWorks to provide training, support and placement for road and construction workers in 6 Illinois counties

by Thingz 2 Do In
The new ConstructionWorks workforce training and careers program is ready to begin serving job seekers at 18 sites in Cook County, DuPage County, Chicago, Rockford, Aurora and Waukegan. Illinois Tollway Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom and Executive Director Liz Gorman announced the program earlier this month. They were joined by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and state transportation leaders Sen. Martin Sandoval and Rep. Marcus Evans for the program’s launch. “We are marking the official start of ConstructionWorks to create a pipeline of qualified diverse men and women ready for careers in the heavy highway and related construction industries,” according to Schillerstrom. […]

Piece of concrete from Ohio bridge falls, striking windshield of vehicle driving below

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East Avenue Bridge over I-76/77. Google Earth screen shot. A large piece of cement tubing came loose and fell from the East Avenue Bridge in Akron, Ohio, striking the passenger side of the windshield of a vehicle passing under the bridge on Interstate 76/Interstate 77, Friday afternoon, December 14, News 5 Cleveland reports. “It was like an explosion inside my vehicle with glass and dust flying everywhere,” said Len Brown, the driver of the vehicle, told the news agency. “If I had a passenger and was going just a little slower, that object would have come directly inside my vehicle and […]

ACI and ASCC to publish 4th edition of Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction

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The American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) announced that the fourth edition of their Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction will be available in late January 2019. It was written by and for contractors and is referenced by many licensing authorities. The 262-page guide details proven practices to produce quality concrete construction. Contents include planning for quality, concrete mixtures, specifications, foundations, formwork, reinforcement, and embedments in structures, joints, and reinforcement for slabs-on-ground, preparing for concreting, concrete placing and finishing, common field problems, safety, and legal issues. The guide includes full-color photos and illustrations, an […]

Lane Construction sells off paving division, aggregates plants

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Lane Construction Corp., of the Salini Impregilo Group, finalized the sale of 13 parcels, approximately 300 acres, of sand and gravel pits in West Northfield, Massachusetts, to Eurovia SAS for nearly $9.6 million as part of a $555 million sell off of its aggregates plants and paving division, the Greenfield Recorder reports. The sale was recorded at the Franklin County Register of Deeds on December 15. The sale includes more than 40 hot-mix asphalt facilities from the East coast to west Texas and several mining operations and other quarries in the Northeast. In a press release, Lane says it plans to […]

Wash. lawmakers order noise study of 520 Corridor connecting I-405 and I-5

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520 Corridor. Google Earth screen shot. Washington state residents in the Medina, Clyde Hill, and surrounding neighborhoods are fed up with the grating “ka-think” noise they hear every time a vehicle drives over the metal expansion joints on the new $4.6 billion 520 corridor between Interstate 405 and Interstate 5, MYNorthwest reports. Neighbors have been complaining about the noise since the corridor opened in 2016, even though it incorporates sound-muffling technology, including a grooved pavement that minimizes tire noise, adjacent sound-reducing walls, and steel plating installed around the expansion joints. As a result, the Legislature approved a $181,000 study of the […]

IBT of Miami wins $5M contract for FDOT project

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IBT – a global construction company headquartered in Miami – has been awarded a $5 million contract with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for a road improvement project that includes addressing a dangerous intersection. The project on State Road 64 at the intersection of Rye Road includes: multi-lane roundabout construction milling and resurfacing, drainage improvements lighting and signing landscaping improvements intelligent transportation system relocation utility work “State Road 64 is becoming the next major highway in this area, and we believe the roundabouts are the best solution to slow traffic at this intersection – which is considered to be dangerous by the…