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DBIA Announces Projects in New York and Pennsylvania as National Design-Build Project/Team Merit Award Winners

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) announces the winners of the 2023 National Design-Build Project/Team Merit Awards. A total of 62 projects from across the United States were submitted for consideration in 10 different categories. The submissions underwent evaluation by a panel of industry experts.

“With the continued growth of …

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Oakland Avenue/Route 286 Reconstruction in Western Pennsylvania Adds Capacity and Enables Further Development

Located in western Pennsylvania, approximately 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, Indiana County has had a great deal of commercial growth and local infrastructure needs to be improved to keep up. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 10 has nearly completed the Oakland Avenue/Route 286 Reconstruction Project, which will help …

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Projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Four state department of transportation (DOT) projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York won regional awards in the 2023 America’s Transportation Awards competition, created by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes DOTs for making a …

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Suffolk Construction Built Complicated 336,000-Square-Foot Multistory Distribution Center on Four-Acre Lot in Brooklyn

A multilevel spec warehouse project in Brooklyn, New York, turned complicated when the owner found a tenant requiring significant changes, leading the contractor to swiftly respond, deftly adjust and deliver a remarkable project ahead of time and under budget.

“I’m proud of the team’s ability to adapt every day to …

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Extra Lanes Reduce Congestion on SR 72 in Delaware

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is in the middle of a project in Bear, which is approximately 10 miles south of Wilmington. The work is occurring on State Route 72, which runs through the city and New Castle County. Upon completion, area residents will experience more reliable travel times …

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Pittsburgh International Airport Creates New Terminal to Meet the Air Travel Market of Today

There’s a massive construction project taking place at the Pittsburgh International Airport. When the new terminal opens, it will mark the end of a 30-year period and the beginning of a new era.

The current terminal building was built in the early 1990s. At that time, 80 percent of the …

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FHWA Announces $300M Investment in Bridge Projects Across the United States, $21M to Fund the Castleton-on-Hudson Bridge Project in New York

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently revealed plans to allocate nearly $300 million for nine small- and medium-sized bridge projects in both urban and rural areas. The grants, awarded in eight states and the District of Columbia, are part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Bridge …

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Kiewit Partnered with Delaware DOT to Quickly Restore I-95 Through Wilmington

The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 led to the construction of many highways in the United States in the 1950s and 60s. Some sections of Interstate 95 – a main north-south highway that runs from Florida to Maine and into Canada – were constructed during the 1960s, including the portion …

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Trudeau Construction Company Prepares Tupper Lake Community for New Development

Mountains, rolling hills and snow-covered forests. These are just a few features of Tupper Lake, New York: a picturesque town located approximately 150 miles north of Albany and nestled in the Adirondack foothills.

Although it’s a relatively small community, there’s plenty of contracting work to do for Josh Trudeau, …

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Quality Buildings Unlocks Productivity With Potain Igo T 130 on Unconventional Build

At a four-story construction site in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, a Potain tower crane appears encased inside the courtyard of the complex it is erecting. It’s an engineering illusion that depicts how contractor Quality Buildings uses self-erecting cranes to reimagine its entire building process.

Allentown is an hour drive from Philadelphia …

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WSP Wins Grand Conceptor Award from ACEC/PA for Forbes Road Emergency Slide Repairs Project

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) recently honored engineering firms from across the commonwealth at the organization’s annual Diamond Awards for Engineering Excellence. The highest honor, the Grand Conceptor Award, was presented to WSP USA Inc. for the Forbes Road Emergency Slide Repairs project.

“Accomplished engineering firms …

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USDOT Awards Mega Grants to Hudson Yards Concrete Casing Project in New York, Roosevelt Boulevard Multimodal Project in Pennsylvania

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded nearly $1.2 billion to nine projects across the country through the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) discretionary grant program, made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Mega grant program funds projects that are too large or complex for …

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Route 70 Road and Utility Upgrades Provide Better Connectivity in Southwest New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is in the middle of a major capital project on Route 70. The long-term project, located in southwest New Jersey across the river from Philadelphia, was identified in 2011. Upon completion, the corridor will be modernized and safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Beyond …
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HRI, Inc. Completes Phase One of I-80 Project

There’s often great excitement when infrastructure projects begin. There may be speeches and pictures with various politicians and other bigwigs as they put shovels in the ground. However, projects can’t move forward or get to the opening stage without proper funding. An important and needed infrastructure project in Centre County, …

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Expanding and Reinvigorating America’s Busiest Transit Hub: Moynihan Train Hall Project Wins OCEA Silver Award

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announces the upgrade and redesign of Moynihan Train Hall in New York City as the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Silver Award Winner. The OCEA Award, which recognizes civil engineering projects around the country, honors projects that exemplify engineering skill and provide considerable …

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Revitalization Begins with New Commuter Rail Station

As municipalities strive to encourage people to use public transport, it’s helpful to have train stations that are aesthetically pleasing and easily accessible. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is in the middle of a development project for the Claymont Train Station.

Key Location
Claymont is just a few miles …
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Reliable Wins

Bright white lights shine down on a large, 10-foot diameter blue pipe that is attached with three chains to a ZX870LC-6. The excavator lifts the pipe up and places it into a 35-foot-deep trench. It’s 4 a.m. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but for the Marona Construction Company crew, the workday is …

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I-579 Urban Open Space Cap Project Wins Grand Prize in America’s Transportation Awards Competition

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) I-579 Urban Open Space Cap Project, which reconnected a community of color in downtown Pittsburg, has earned the national Grand Prize in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition. The competition was sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), …

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New Jersey DOT Reconstructs Route 35 Bridge in Perth Amboy

Imagine the immigrants who came to the United States on boats from around the world. One of the first glimpses of the United States that the anxious and excited immigrants saw may well have been Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The city is in northeast New Jersey and is on the …

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Planning Makes Perfect

Steel Fab Enterprises, of Lancaster Pennsylvania, was selected to fabricate and erect the Amtrak Train Station and Walkway in Middletown Pennsylvania. The project presented many challenges, including working next to active railroad lines, all assemblies having to be lifted by crane over de-energized power lines, and only being able …

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Precasteel Makes Maiden Voyage on LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Replacement Project

Bringing a new product to market is never an easy task, especially when it is being supplied to a large joint venture working on a high-profile project like the $8 billion Central Terminal Replacement Project at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Walsh Construction and Skanska USA, operating as the Design-Build …

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LaGuardia Terminal B Redevelopment Named One of the Nation’s Best Design-Build Projects

With recent market analysis showing that the design-build project delivery method will account for as much as 47 percent of construction spending by 2025, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is seeing significant growth and success in design-build projects across the country. One such design-build project, the LaGuardia Terminal B …

Three Projects in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Three state department of transportation projects in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a …

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Julian Joins HDR as Health Principal in New York

NEW YORK, NY — Madeline Julian, AIA, LEED AP, joins HDR as a Health Principal based in HDR’s New York City architecture studio. In this role, Julian will bring over 20 years of industry experience to building relationships with new and existing health clients while further growing HDR’s reputation …

Sharing Equipment in Upstate New York Orleans County Helps Towns Conserve Resources and Stay Productive

In the snowbelt of western New York between Buffalo and Rochester, town and county highway departments often share equipment to keep productivity high and capital costs on budget. The town of Albion Highway Department understands the benefits of inter-governmental cooperation, frequently sharing attachments and machines with other Orleans County townships …

Pennsylvania DOT and South State, Inc. Rehabilitate US 1/Roosevelt Expressway Viaduct

Departments of Transportation across the country aim to do bridge repairs in a low-key manner and keep them safe for motorists. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is in the middle of a project focused on repairing a couple of bridges in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia.

U.S. 1, the …

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Managing Screen Media Selection, Installation and Maintenance

It doesn’t matter how much aggregate is produced in a day if it is contaminated or not sized correctly. Though screen media is a minor cost when compared to larger equipment in a quarry or mine, it is a crucial part of any operation’s profit machine. One unexpected break and …

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SR 273/I-95 Interchange Improvements Reduce Traffic Weaving Near Newark, Delaware

Weaving is necessary for textile production. But when traffic is weaving – that’s a problem. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is engaged in the SR 273/I-95 Interchange Improvements project to reduce weaving outside of Newark, Delaware, which is in the northwest part of the state.

In 2017, DelDOT completed …

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Changing the Game with the EWRS-HS Hard Surface Skid Steer Tire

WINNIPEG, MB — Evolution Wheel is a manufacturer of heavy-duty skid steer tires. The EWRS-HS series solid skid steer tire is the hard surface version of the EWRS-AT series all-terrain tire. The solid EWRS-HS skid steer tire is ideal for surfaces like concrete or asphalt.

Evolution Wheel spends a lot …

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Project Owners Drive Tech Adoption

The needs of the project owner have always defined the parameters of a construction job, but all signs are pointing to owners playing a bigger role in the use of technology on their projects in the future, especially as we begin to see federal funds put to work on transportation …

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Is Poor PR Driving Construction's Labor Shortage?

The global upheaval of the last few years has undoubtedly rocked the construction industry – and stories of labor shortages driven by COVID-19 abound. Add to that an aging workforce further stressed by current conditions, combined with a lack of skilled replacements, and the current struggle makes sense.

But beneath …

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Five Tips for Mini Excavator Maintenance

Maintenance might not be your favorite thing to do, but this minor inconvenience can help you avoid major headaches in the future. Good maintenance practices not only keep the machine running at peak performance, but they also minimize downtime from repairs that come from ignoring key maintenance requirements. Here are …

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How the US Will Deploy Intelligent Transit Networks That Enable Connected Vehicles

While America’s transportation infrastructure continues to be one of the country’s greatest historical accomplishments, as well as the lifeblood of the American economy, the system itself continues to have serious challenges during the last two decades.

This is mainly due to the rise in traffic congestion which has ensnarled hundreds …

Poor Project Data and Miscommunication Responsible for 52 Percent of All Rework

Most people in the construction industry will say that on any given work site, there is always an amount of waste that could have been avoided. Whether it be poorly handled materials, re-work, weather damage, or working from out of date documents, there are plenty of ways that humans can …

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Final Phase of New Jersey’s $320M Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project Eases Congestion and Increases Safety

Amidst the final phase of work for the 11-year, $320 million Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project between Stafford Township and Long Beach Island, New Jersey, “One of the main challenges is the need to have all travel lanes open during the summer season,” said Steve Schapiro, Spokesperson for …

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Pulse Flow Reverse Osmosis Offers Higher Water Recovery and Lower Brine Reject

As droughts and growing population affect water security around the globe, desalination becomes an increasingly important option. In communities searching for sustainable, long-term solutions, new technology can increase the efficiency of water treatment efforts.

Initially developed in the late 1950s, reverse osmosis (RO) desalination evolved into the leading desalination process. …

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PKF Mark III Reconstructs 50-Year-Old Route 30 Over Beach Thorofare/Absecon Boulevard Bridge Near Atlantic City

Atlantic City has a colorful history. It has been a tourist town for many years. These days, tourists are drawn to Atlantic City for its casinos, as much as for it beaches and boardwalks. One route to get to the famous Atlantic City and its attractions is Route 30, which …

Safer Practices for Working Around Concrete

Many of the most famous structures of ancient times were constructed from a material we often think of us as modern. The workers who built them needed a material that could be shaped into blocks and other forms more easily than carving from stone. Finally, someone concocted a mixture of …

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New York State DOT Improves I-390/I-490/Route 31 Interchange with Four-Phase Reconstruction

Congestion at the Interstate 390, Interstate 490 and Route 31 interchange prompted the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to improve operations and safety with a four-phase, $172.8 million project at the Town of Gates interchange.

“The biggest operational need for this intersection before we implemented this project was …

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New UBS Arena is the First Major Redevelopment for Belmont Park, New York

The new $1.1 billion UBS Arena at New York’s historic Belmont Park features unparalleled sightlines, terraces and acoustics for the optimal fan experience.

“This arena can handle all types of events,” says Jason Carmello, Project Architect with Populous in Kansas City, Missouri, a global leader in designing arenas and …

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Automated, Connected, and Intelligent

The future is looking bright for the construction industry, with project pipelines full and the promise of infrastructure spending infusing the industry with confidence and optimism. But as we face another year of supply chain issues and crippling workforce shortages, it’s possible that our industry’s biggest challenge could be too …

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Delaware DOT Upgrades SR 24 Corridor for Greater Safety

Concerned about safety along State Road 24 in southeastern Delaware, the Department of Transportation has embarked on the series of projects to address problem spots.

“The Route 24 Corridor is one of the few major east/west connector roads for local and beach traffic moving across the state,” says Kathryn Beasley …

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Pennsylvania DOT Updates US 1 to Improve Mobility Near Philadelphia

U.S. 1 is a major north-south highway that traverses the entire east coast of the United States. A section of U.S. 1 is undergoing construction in Bucks County, just outside of Philadelphia. Known as the U.S. 1 Improvement Project, the project aims to update and improve the section of the …

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I-295 Direct Connection Cleans Up One of New Jersey’s Most Congested Intersections

One of the busiest interchanges in New Jersey is in the middle of a long-term construction project. Known as the I-295 Direct Connection project, the project will make commuting in Camden County – which borders the Delaware River and Philadelphia – much smoother.

Three roads – I-295, I-76, and Route …

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Pennsylvania DOT Improves PA 18 Corridor with Long-Awaited Reconstruction

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) $10 million PA 18 Improvement Project is enhancing the local road network under and surrounding Interstate 70 Exit 17 at Jefferson Avenue in Washington County, southwest of Pittsburgh.

“The project corridor’s aging infrastructure and effects from years of heavy traffic congestion resulted in …

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Restore the Corridor Increases Longevity for I-95 in Delaware

Interstate 95 is a major north-south highway that runs the entire length of the United States and even makes its way into Canada. The route was developed in the mid-1950s, though the segment that runs through downtown Wilmington was originally built in 1964. Some portions of the roadway and bridges …

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MacMor Construction Increases Productivity with Powerful Equipment

Dirt work is in Brian Golden’s blood – and the connection to each generation of his family is present every day at MacMor Construction LLC. Founded in 2013 and named after his daughters – Mackenzie and Morgan – MacMor started as a three-man crew and has grown into …

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Commingled Contaminants, Groundwater, and Two Feet of Snow Challenge First Phase of Remediation for Jersey City Development

What happens when contaminants from historic fill and decades of assorted industrial activities mix together in soil with a shallow water table?

At the future site of The Cove mixed-use development in Jersey City, New Jersey, “This is without question the most complicated remedial project that I’ve been involved with,” …

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Pennsylvania DOT Upgrades the Connection Between I-80 and I-99

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is in the midst of a three-phase project in Centre County. Upon completion, the project will build local access, create a high-speed interchange connection between I-99 and I-80, and make improvements on a local road.

Multiple Phases
The first phase of the project – …
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New Jersey DOT Replaces Wittpenn Bridge with State’s First Orthotropic Spans

Work is progressing on the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) $495 million Wittpenn Bridge replacement, the state’s first orthotropic bridge, over the Hackensack River.

“The new bridge offers operational and safety improvements,” says Nick Dogias, Project Manager for NJDOT.

The new structure replaces a bridge built in …

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Pennsylvania DOT Tackles Major Harrisburg Bottleneck on I-83

A bottleneck for years, the beltway around Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s state capital – is receiving $1 billion upgrades from the state’s transportation department.

“We have capacity needs, old pavement needs and some of the ramp designs are outdated, and they are related to safety,” says John M. Bachman, Senior …

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New Christina River Bridge Gives Commuters and Pedestrians From Both Sides Greater Access to Redeveloped Areas

The Delaware Department of Transportation’s (DelDOT) Christina River Bridge and approaches project in Wilmington, Delaware, is expected to benefit area residents in multiple ways. DelDOT believes the project – which is essentially complete – to have an economic impact, improve travel in the area, and assist pedestrians.

The west …

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Haugland Group Builds COVID-19 Hospital in Record Time

As COVID-19 raged across areas of New York in the spring of 2020, hospitals were running out of beds, especially intensive-care beds. To meet that demand, Haugland Group built an alternative care facility in 21 days at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

“The sense of community, pride and …

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Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Restored to Past Grandeur

The landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx received an $18 million restoration, preserving it for future generations.

“The main reason for the project was that structural issues needed to be addressed,” says Bob Zirkel, Vice President in charge of the project …

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Historic Pulaski Skyway Receives a Major Upgrade

The $1 billion restoration of the iconic Pulaski Skyway, in Northeastern New Jersey, maintains its historic appearance while employing innovative engineering and construction techniques.

“The Skyway is an amazing feat, built in the 1920s to early 30s,” says Scott Thorn, Project Manager for the New Jersey Department of Transportation …

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Delaware DOT Continues Improvements to US 40

Another piece of the Delaware Department of Transportation’s (DelDOT) improvements along the U.S. 40 corridor, the intersection with SR 72 in Bear, nears completion and will reduce congestion.

“The intersection has been operating beyond its capacity with an increase in northbound and southbound demand,” says Todd Oliver, with …

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Pennsylvania’s I-90 Reconstruction Project Will Improve Safety, Smoothness, Efficiency

In northwestern Pennsylvania, Interstate 90 runs through Erie County from the Ohio border to the New York border. It is the primary west-east highway for the area surrounding the city of Erie, and serves as a gateway into Pennsylvania for many tourists. Originally constructed at the end of the 1950s, …

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TyBot Speeds Orrs Bridge Project in Pennsylvania

Construction of an iconic replacement for the Orrs Bridge in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, features the TyBot robot completing the strenuous rebar ties, saving time and labor.

“What TyBot enabled us to do on this job was to keep the schedule,” says LaMar Childs, President of LB Construction Enterprise in …

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New Jersey’s Route 3/Route 46 Interchange Improvement Project Enters Second Phase

Construction work is progressing on the second (Contract B) phase of New Jersey’s Route 3, Route 46, Valley Road and Notch/Rifle Camp Road Interchange Project. The federally funded New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) project, located in Passaic County, is intended to improve safety, reduce congestion, and provide additional local …

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Delaware’s SR 141/I-95 Interchange Expands Capacity and Increases Safety While Minimizing Wetlands Impact

When the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) undertook improvements at the State Road 141 and Interstate 95 interchange outside Wilmington, Delaware, even though the work only covered a few miles, they divided the project into two sections with seven phases and used extensive Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques.

“This is …

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The Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project Will Ensure Safer Travel for the Local Community

Zipping along on a modern highway versus driving along trafficked roads with local commuters are very different experiences. The Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) Project in central eastern Pennsylvania aims to ensure that drivers can have each of these different driving experiences in the area.

The Need
U.S. Route 15 …