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Skanska Prepares Baltimore Penn Station for the Next Generation of High-Speed Rail

With Amtrak’s next generation of high-speed rail, train velocity in America is leaping forward. Skanska is in the middle of a project in Baltimore Penn Station to make the facility more able to accommodate this new era of high-speed rail travel.

Running between Boston and Washington D.C., Amtrak’s Acela high-speed …

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Superior Paving Tests Dynapac’s New Asphalt Roller with SEISMIC Technology on Interstate 95 in Virginia

The new Dynapac CC2200 VI Asphalt Roller with SEISMIC technology recently completed a rigorous set of tests throughout Europe and the United States, including a major highway project for Superior Paving Corp. of Gainesville, Virginia.

Michael Washington, a roller operator at Superior Paving, highlighted the roller’s impact on the …

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Hampton Roads Express Lanes Project Accelerates Virginia DOT's Vision for Safer, Smoother Travel

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Hampton Roads Express Lanes (HREL) network project aims to improve safety and provide more reliable travel in the region. Construction of Segment 4C, the $313.9 million design-build Hampton Segment, has begun and involves a significant amount of work.

“This project is addressing a …

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Widening Project on I-85 Takes Shape, Preparing Northwest South Carolina for Projected Growth

In an effort to alleviate traffic congestion and improve connectivity, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is progressing on the back half of the I-85 Widening Project, which extends across 29 miles of Interstate 85 from the North Carolina border to Spartanburg County in northwest South Carolina.

Construction began …

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Maryland DOT’s MD 97 Project Relocates Busy Corridor, Improving Traffic Operations and Preserving Historic Town

A much-anticipated Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) road project is now complete and has been formally dedicated to two of its strongest champions. The $47 million MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) Relocation Construction Project is poised to reduce continually increasing traffic volumes and congestion along the old …

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Bizzack Construction Expands Virginia Portion of the Appalachian Highway

The Corridor Q highway, currently designated as U.S. Route 460, runs through Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia and is part of the National Highway System. It’s also part of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), which is the centerpiece of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s effort to foster economic and social …

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Wagman Heavy Civil Rehabs 10 Bridges Within the I-95 and I-695 Interchange Near Baltimore

Aiming to address needed maintenance on 10 bridges within the Interstate 95 and Interstate 695 interchange south of Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) embarked on a $39.8 million rehabilitation project.

“The main project goals are to improve the rideability of the bridge decks, update …

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North Carolina DOT Expands Network of Multimodal Options with Rockingham Bypass

The United States interstate system is, among other things, an economic driver. To efficiently facilitate the movement of goods, the interstate system needs to keep up with changing needs. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Rockingham Bypass project focuses on two economically impactful corridors in the state and region. …

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DBIA Announces Projects in Virginia, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Maryland 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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Route 7 Corridor Improvements Help Commute in Northern Virginia

One of the key east-west roadways through bustling Northern Virginia is Route 7. The route passes through Fairfax County, which borders Maryland and is close to Washington, D.C. Much, but not all, of Route 7 in the area is six lanes. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is nearing completion …

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Projects in North Carolina and Virginia Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Four state department of transportation (DOT) projects in North Carolina and Virginia 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 difference in …

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Maryland DOT SHA Preserves US 301 Bridge Over Chester River

Major bridges in Maryland are inspected every two years by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). The focus on system preservation has enabled the state to have one of the lowest number of poorly related bridges in the nation. Recently, the northbound U.S. 301 bridge over …

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Archer-United Joint Venture Makes Significant Progress on Wide-Ranging I-26 Midlands Connection Project

Significant progress has taken place toward the completion of the $421 million Midlands Connection project on Interstate 26 in South Carolina, with multiple bridges and one new interchange open to traffic.

“Getting the bridges open was a big deal to the public,” says Ginny Jones, Spokesperson for the South …

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CTBUH Honors 2050 M Street Project in Washington, DC with Two Best Tall Building Awards

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announces its 2023 Award of Excellence winners, honoring more than 100 projects in sustainable vertical urbanism from around the world. The awards recognize achievements in over 20 categories and subcategories, including Best Tall Building; Best Tall Non-Building; Innovation; Urban Habitat; Repositioning; …

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I-64 Improvements Under Way in West Virginia

Aiming to improve capacity on Interstate 64 between Nitro and St. Albans, the West Virginia Department of Transportation also expects the $240 million, multiyear project will enhance safety and support economic growth in the region.

“It’s a big project with a lot going on and a lot of coordination,” says …

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FHWA Announces $51.2M Grant for Six Bridge Projects in South Carolina, $72M Grant for Arland D. Williams Jr. Memorial Bridge Project in DC

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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The I-440 and Blue Ridge Road Improvements Will Bring Relief to Raleigh Beltline

The population of Raleigh, North Carolina has been growing steadily with the metro area at nearly 1.6 million. Interstate 440, known locally as the Beltline, nearly encircles the center of Raleigh. Just like when a person’s midsection grows, their belt needs to be taken to the next notch over, so …

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Projects in Washington, D.C. and Maryland Receive Build America Awards from AGC and Construction Risk Partners

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners recently honored this year’s best new and renovation construction projects with Build America Awards at the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Build America Merit Awards were also presented to construction companies at the convention.

“These awards are designed …

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Virginia DOT Gives Commuters a Solution for Washington D.C., Congestion with 95 Express Lanes

The area in and around Washington, D.C., is famous for its congestion, including along I-95, the primary north-south economic corridor. There are no reasonable alternatives for users to avoid the severe traffic conditions. Contributing to a solution that provides travelers reliability and choice are the 95 Express Lanes, currently being …

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Concrete General Inc., Reconstructs I-70 Bridges Over MD 65 for Safer Truck Travel

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is currently at work on a project in Washington County, which borders Pennsylvania. The project is part of an initiative by former Governor Larry Hogan to address poorly rated structures across Maryland. Nearly 70 bridges across the state are getting upgraded due to the …

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Concrete General Inc., Reconstructs I-70 Bridges Over MD 65 for Safer Truck Travel

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is currently at work on a project in Washington County, which borders Pennsylvania. The project is part of an initiative by former Governor Larry Hogan to address poorly rated structures across Maryland. Nearly 70 bridges across the state are getting upgraded due to the …

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Alligator River Bridge Replacement Receives $110M Mega Grant from USDOT

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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Carolina Crossroads Program Reconfigures Fast Growing I-20/26/126 Corridor

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is in the middle of a massive project known as the Carolina Crossroads. Located northwest of the state capital, Columbia, the project focuses on an area that has been a sore spot for years. When complete it will make commuting around the capital …

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Barnhill Contracting Joins Growing Communities

Infrastructure needs to expand to keep up with a growing population. The need drives many infrastructure projects, including one in North Carolina. By undertaking the Nashville-Rocky Mount projects, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is readying the area for the expected population growth.

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Nashville and Rocky Mount …
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I-66 Mega-Project Transforms Mobility in Northern Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the I-66 Express Mobility Partners consortium is nearing the completion of a massive project in Northern Virginia. The years-long ‘Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project’ is sure to have a significant impact on travelers in the area.

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Interstate 66 (I-66), which …
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G.I.R.L. Construction Experience Teaches Girls Real-Life Construction Concepts, Aims to Increase Women’s Representation in the Industry

Through a partnership between the Branch Group and the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline, girls between the ages of 5 and 18 recently had the opportunity to learn and experience real-life construction concepts at the first inaugural G.I.R.L (Girls in Real Life) Construction Experience. The free event was hosted at …

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West Virginia DOT Refreshes I-70 Corridor With Extensive Bridge Reconstruction Program

Interstate 70, a major east-west highway, runs from Maryland to Utah. It goes through or near multiple major cities, including Wheeling, West Virginia. The city is in the northern part of the state that separates Ohio and Pennsylvania. The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) is in the middle of …

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Four Projects in Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Four state department of transportation projects in Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina 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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Lane Construction Addresses Congestion Issues on I-40/I-77 With New Interchange Configuration

Growing traffic along aging infrastructure is a common occurrence and the genesis of many construction projects. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is working on the I-40/77 Interchange due to increases in traffic.

Interstates I-40 and I-77 intersect in Statesville, which is west-central North Carolina. A critical component of …

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Webber Awarded $283M Contract to Widen I-95 in North Carolina

Construction is set to begin in early October for Section B of the Interstate 95 widening, a project that was recently awarded to Webber LLC of The Woodlands, Texas. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded the contract, which will widen the interstate from its present four lanes to …

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Reconstructed MD 273 Bridge Over Big Elk Creek Creates Safer Pedestrian Crossing in Fair Hill

When thinking about infrastructure, most people envision roads, bridges, and tunnels that enable traffic to flow. Infrastructure, however, is also for the benefit of pedestrians. A Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) project – the MD 273 (Telegraph Road) Bridge over Big Elk Creek – will help …

North Carolina DOT Awards Final Segment of Fayetteville Outer Loop Project, Construction is Set to Begin this Month

After a three-year delay, construction for the final segment of the long-awaited Fayetteville Outer Loop will begin this month following the recent awarding of the $151.8-million contract. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded the contract to Branch Civil Inc. of Roanoke, Virginia.

The five-mile segment will be constructed …

I-77 Panther Interchange Brings Economic and Transportation Benefits to Growing Area of Northeastern South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is in the middle of the I-77 Panther Interchange Design-Build Project. Located in York County, the Northeastern part of the state, near the border of North Carolina, the project offers both transportation and economic benefits.

I-77, a north-south highway, runs from the center …

Brasfield & Gorrie Completes Challenging GRAIL Laboratory and Research Facility Project Ahead of Schedule

When faced with completing a warehouse-to-laboratory project in six months, during a pandemic, Brasfield & Gorrie rose to the challenge and finished construction 13 days early for GRAIL Laboratory and Research Facility project in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park in Durham.

“The schedule was the most challenging part of the …

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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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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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Corridor H Extension Aids Economic Growth in West Virginia

One of West Virginia’s largest highway systems, Corridor H, will offer an easier way for people and goods to reach Washington, DC, and other destinations.

“The project will open up traffic from the central part of our state to the eastern part,” says Tommy Collins, Project Manager with 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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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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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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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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Stringless GPS Technology Opens New Possibilities for Gerald D. Bowman Contractors, Inc.

Conducted properly, any business can be a positive, evolving, continually learning experience. Resisting the call for improvement can often lead to failure; heeding it can help ensure success and growth. No one knows that better than Jerry Bowman who, after more than three decades in business – and sensing impending …

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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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I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing Brings Congestion Relief Near Fredericksburg

The state of Virginia is in the middle of multiple projects along I-95. The projects are part of the Improve 95 Program and in the vicinity of Fredericksburg, an hour south of Washington, D.C. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently focusing on several projects in the Fredericksburg area …

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Maryland DOT SHA Reconstructs I-270/MD 85 Interchange for Easier Commute to and from the Nation’s Capital

Frederick, Maryland is located north of Washington, DC, and is about a one-hour drive from the capital. The city is a bedroom community for DC and like others in that category, it has experienced strong growth. To keep traffic in the area flowing smoothly, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s …

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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Charlotte Gateway Station Brings Intermodal Transportation to the Uptown Area

The new $135 million Charlotte Gateway Station will bring intermodal transportation center to the North Carolina city’s Uptown area.

“The project is undertaken as transformational to move the inter-city passenger rail station to Uptown Charlotte,” says Matthew Simmons, Deputy Director of the Rail Division at the North Carolina Department …

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West Virginia DOT Improves I-64 Over Kanawha River

Completing an infrastructure project involves coordinating multiple moving parts. For the Nitro-St. Albans I-64 Improvement project, which is taking place just outside of Charleston, West Virginia, the team has an excessive number of entities to coordinate. The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) and the team assembled for the five-phase …

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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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Virginia DOT and Shirley Contracting Company Expand Route 7 Near Washington DC to Accommodate Growing Traffic

Located in Northern Virginia and part of the suburban ring of Washington DC, Fairfax County has experienced dynamic growth. The county, which is the economic powerhouse of the state, has seen an expansion of buildings and businesses. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is in the midst of a project …

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Innovative Congestion Management Project Relieves Bottlenecks on I-270 in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration’s (MDOT SHA) Innovative Congestion Management (ICM) project to relieve bottlenecks on Interstate 270 from Frederick to Interstate 495, the Washington, D.C., Beltway, combines roadway improvements with real-time ramp metering to improve traffic flow along the corridor.

“We’re coming down to the …

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Lakeside Builders, LLC Sees Diversity as Key to Success

Owned and operated by Mick El-Massri, Lakeside Builders, LLC has grown with the city since its inception more than 25 years ago. As Charlotte evolved, so did Lakeside Builders. While the company originally did everything from start to finish – from site development to construction and property sales – …

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Archer United JV Increases Capacity on I-26 with Midlands Connection Project

Aiming to increase capacity and improve safety on Interstate 26 between Little Mountain and Irmo, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has embarked on the $421 million Midlands Connection project.

“The interesting thing for the SCDOT is that this is the third largest contract that we have ever had,” …

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Technical Foundations Brings Innovative Solutions to Challenging Sites

Technical Foundations has been providing specialty foundation contracting services along the Eastern Seaboard for 27 years, with a heavy focus on Virginia and the Carolinas. The contractor’s reputation for taking on unique projects is evident in its selection of equipment, the most recent of which was the rental of a …

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Virginia DOT Undertakes Largest Highway Construction Project in its History with $3.3B Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion

To ease a daily commuter backup averaging six miles – and even greater congestion during the peak summer season – the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) undertook the largest highway construction project in the history of the Commonwealth. The $3.3 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion project between Norfolk and …

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Three Maryland Capital Beltway Bridge Projects Under Way

Three replacement bridges on the heavily traveled Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County in Maryland are under construction and expected to open by the end of the year.

“These bridge projects will help provide a safe, reliable and efficient transportation network for all who live in and travel through Prince …

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Fitts-Woolard Hall at North Carolina State University Brings Engineering All Together

The new $137 million Fitts-Woolard Hall at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, built by Skanska USA Building, brings the majority of engineering students and faculty to the college’s Centennial Campus.

“Future engineering students are going to have this amazing resource,” says V. Cameron Smith, Senior Director of Capital …

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I-70 Bridge Renovation Project Underway in West Virginia

At just over 14 miles long, West Virginia's segment of Interstate 70 is the shortest among all the states the highway crosses on its route from Utah to Maryland. Even so, the portion of I-70, which crosses the northern panhandle of West Virginia through Ohio County and the city of …

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Bizzack Construction Partners with Virginia DOT for Multiphase Corridor Q Program

When the economy is going through a downturn, politicians often look to infrastructure projects to stimulate it. The goal is to get people working and money flowing through the system – while striving to improve the country’s poorly rated infrastructure. Beyond the near immediate economic impact infrastructure has, there are …

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Massive I-85 Widening Project Increases Capacity in Northwest South Carolina

A massive road widening project is taking place in South Carolina. The I-85 widening project stretches 29 miles from Spartanburg County in northwest South Carolina to the North Carolina border.

The heavily trafficked interstate, which runs from Virginia to Alabama, is particularly congested in the area where the widening is …

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New Geometric Design to Boost Safety on MD 3 in Prince George’s County

In August 2018, construction commenced on a $2.9 million project on MD 3 (Crain Highway), along a half-mile stretch between Forest Drive and Sylvan Drive in Bowie, Maryland’s fifth-largest city. Ardent Construction, LLC out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is the prime contractor on what is officially known as the MD 3 …

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North Carolina DOT Aids Interconnectivity With Macy Grove Road Improvements

Keep the traffic moving. That’s the goal that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has for the Macy Grove Road Improvements project. The project is taking place in and around the town of Kernersville (population of approximately 25,000), which is in the north central part of the state and …

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I-81 Corridor Program Will Ease Congestion and Improve Safety

Aiming to improve safety and enhance reliability, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has launched the 325-mile-long Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program.

“A sustainable investment of this magnitude along the Interstate 81 Corridor ensures that we can enhance the quality of life for Virginians, meet increasing freight demands, and increase …

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North Carolina DOT Widens I-26 for a Better Route Near Asheville Passage

The Blue Ridge Mountains, which are part of the Appalachian Trail, extend over 600 miles. They run north to Pennsylvania and south to Georgia. Near the mountains is Asheville, North Carolina, and I-26. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is widening the highly traveled interstate to free up congestion …

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South Carolina’s Historic Harbor River Bridge Gets an Upgrade

Some pieces of infrastructure have been around for so long that they are more than a way to enable traffic to flow: they are part of history. However, sometimes current needs take precedence over nostalgia and the modern infrastructure benefits all parties. The Harbor River Bridge project in South Carolina …

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Bourn Environmental Utilizes GNSS Technology to Restore Piney Run

Any self-respecting Marylander will tell you that the Chesapeake Bay is far more than just a food source for the state’s world-famous crab cakes. It is something of a focal point for the area’s eco-structure. Ensure the viability of the Bay and its watershed, it is widely believed, and the …

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Complete 540 to Close the Outer Loop Around Raleigh

There has been quick expansion in and around the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, and planners expect the pace to continue. Such growth leads to greater usage of roadways ultimately requiring an increase in capacity. This growth led to the beginning of the Complete 540 project.

Also known as the …

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South Carolina 277 Bridge Project Progressing Well with Tight Teamwork

Replacing the SC 277 northbound bridge over Interstate 77 in Richland County has required teamwork and careful preparation.

“It’s a unique bridge,” says John Burns, at the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). “This bridge has a technical aspect to it, because it is on a large radius and …