Better Roads

May 2014

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May 2014 Volume 84, Number 5 Contents Better Roads April 2013 1 PRODUCTS & SERVICE 24 New Road Products 26 Advertiser Index 27 Marketplace 3 Transportation Talk: Finding strategies that work and fail in transportation advocacy. 22 In Court: Claims against the Georgia Department of Transportation for increased material costs are denied due to failure to comply with claim-notice requirements. 28 The Last Word: A Missouri DOT employee gets around congested highways by skydiving. COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS Contribute: If your agency or crew has worked on an exceptional project, or if you want to share your thoughts on current transporta- tion issues, email your ideas for a blog or contributed story to Online Managing Editor Amanda Bayhi at amanda.bayhi@randallreilly. com and Editor-at-Large Tina Grady Barbaccia at Educate Yourself...And Your Elected Offi cials: Resources on our website can help you learn more about highway funding and how to urge your elected offi cials to invest in infrastructure. educate-yourself New technologies and products can extend pavement life to help address the chronic pavement problems of the highway and bridge building industry. Web extra: Bridge Building on Alaska's North Slope: Four bridges integral to the Alpine Satellite Development Program faced environmental challenges. Buying Time With U.S. Bridges Trending Online Subscribe to our newsletter! For daily news updates sent directly to your inbox, subscribe to our free newsletter. Visit to sign up. 5 /BetterRoadsMagazine @betterroads 12 19 ROAD SCIENCE: Down to Earth HIGHWAY CONTRACTOR: Size Matters in Mix Grades and Aggregate Shapes Some geosynthetics enhance pavement longevity by separat- ing good materials from bad while others promote water flow from pavement structures as they facilitate drainage. Web extra: Geosynthetics in bridge building. Whether it's dense-graded, open-graded or gap- graded mix or stone-matrix asphalt, mix design and aggregate shape impact compaction. Top Reads: • 5 Options for Avoiding Highway Trust Fund Insolvency: • VIDEO: Watch these crews slide a half-mile, 30 million-pound bridge into place over the Ohio River: Essential Communication for Winter Emergency Preparedness Sara Croke, president of Weather or Not Inc., discusses the conversations snow managers should have with local meteorologists to prepare for winter storms. On the cover: Photo courtesy of Bergkamp.

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