Volume 83, Number 8
Big River Bridges Getting Smarter
The four bridges that span the Mississippi River to
join Mississippi to Arkansas and Louisiana are getting major Intelligent Technology System upgrades to
make them safer and to improve traffic management
and maintenance practices. The work includes installing a Doppler radar system at water level to measure
current and help avoid barge hits.
A Good, Long Life
In Part IV of our series Building Roads that Won't
Fail, Tom Kuennen looks at some of the tools that
civil engineers can use to design pavements that
keep performing as they should over the longest
time possible. Such things as lifecycle cost analysis, perpetual pavement and Mechanistic-Empirical
Pavement Design and more.
APPLICATIONS & INNOVATIONS
It's a year-round job, but now is one of the most important periods in making sure
your winter months will be safe and productive. FMI's Brian Moore says managers now should be focused on a few key areas that can improve the efficiency and
effectiveness of the organization. Management best practices suggest that government road and highway departments should focus on "sharpening the saw."
columns & departments
Products & Service
5 Lattatudes 32 Kirk Landers
30 Advertiser Index 31 Marketplace
A Dew Deal
Volvo CE North America Road Machinery Sales Director Dan Donovan details how Volvo is
preparing for economic recovery in the road-building industry. In "The Roadologist" blog.
• What happens when a road contractor is found liable for a fatal vehicle accident years after he
has completed work and the county has taken over ownership? Under the "Business" tab.
• Japan's road construction signs are cute cartoon animals (VIDEO)
Read more on Mississippi's in-state bridges in our Contributed Stories, as MDOT Director of
Structures, State Bridge Engineer, Nick J. Altobelli, PE., explains his approach to maintain his state's
bridges in today's tight funding environment.
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