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Mich. DOT looks at drones to do road inspections


  • The Trucker

The Michigan Department of Transportation spent 18 months studying the use of drones to inspect roads. It determined that the drones could collect data more quickly than humans, be more cost-effective… Read More

Design-build contracts could be limited in Texas


  • (Austin)

When Texas introduced design-build contracts, they were touted as a way to save money and time and improve efficiency in large projects. But some companies don't like the process, saying it squeezes o… Read More

Prestressed concrete speeds up bridge construction


  • Concrete Construction

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation used prestressed concrete elements on a bridge project, significantly reducing construction time. Piers and caps were precast and shipped to the site, where … Read More