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August 2013

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Contents August 2013 15 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. 6 RoadScience: 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. 20 APPLICATIONS & INNOVATIONS Managing Winter 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 Trending Online 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. Top Reads: • 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. /BetterRoadsMagazine @betterroads Contribute: If your crew has worked on an exceptional project, or if you want to share your thoughts on current transportation issues, email your ideas for a blog or contributed story to Online Managing Editor Amanda Bayhi at Subscribe to our newsletter! For daily news updates sent directly to your inbox, subscribe to our free newsletter. Visit to sign up.Better Roads April 2013 3 TOC_BR0813.indd 3 8/1/13 9:33 AM

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