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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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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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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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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 …

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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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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 …

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 …

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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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 …

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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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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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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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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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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 …

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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. …

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 …