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|Publication Number: Date: Sept/Oct 1998|
Issue No: Vol. 62 No. 2
Date: Sept/Oct 1998
The 1998 construction season represents a major turning point in the metric conversion process currently underway in the highway construction industry.
State and local transportation planners who want to make full use of the exciting potential of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are learning that they don't have to go it alone.
Communication between transportation departments and the public is no longer an option - the public demands it and legislation requires it.
Traveling along Interstate 35 in north central Iowa, just south of the Minnesota border, you might think the bright red barn and checked silo are just another part of the Iowa landscape.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has the enormous job of maintaining 90,000 kilometers of highways - the third largest state-maintained highway system in the United States. Another 16,000 kilometers of urban streets are maintained by cities and towns with the help of state funds.
If Congress left without passing a surface transportation reauthorization, then President Clinton and his administration would continue to talk about states running out of money during the height of the spring construction season.
Repairing bumpy, rutted, pot-holed pavements - although necessary - is one of the biggest inconveniences to motorists today. Especially if the pavement happens to be at a busy downtown intersection.
In the transportation industry, we are always on the lookout for new construction materials or methodologies that will allow us to improve our transportation systems at a lower cost, reduce construction time, and increase the performance life of our investment.
The average commuter spends more than 40 minutes on the road going to work and coming home again.