Road Systems

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently working on improvements to a road corridor in the Lynchburg, Va., area. The project began on Jan. 25, 2016, and the contract completion date is Nov. 16. The contract value is $8.4 million and the contract was awarded to Haymes Brothers Inc., where Charles (Chuck) Haymes serves as president.

State transportation officials say construction on a $20 million road project in Fairbanks could begin as soon as this summer thanks to federal funding. The University Avenue project was one of several state road projects Gov. Bill Walker nixed funding for last year as a cost-saving measure, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://bit.ly/2kRuK82) Tuesday.

In a policy statement released today, the International Road Federation affirmed the essential role of road safety audits and inspections, and called on multilateral institutions to introduce qualitative benchmarks and capacity strengthening programs to ensure countries progress towards a safe and forgiving road system.

Interstate 35 is a hot topic from north Texas to the Mexican Border. As the state continues to grow and traffic congestion increases, so do the number of accidents. The 50-year old highway currently carries 200,000 vehicles per day and saw 4,950 accidents in 2015.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said that suspended road construction projects worth $144 million can go forward after the state received a $10 million Medicaid reimbursement from the federal government. The news came as a relief to contractors who had worried the delayed projects would lead to highway worker layoffs across the state.

Terramac, a manufacturer of rubber track crawler carriers, expands its representation in the North American market to include Tri-State Truck & Equipment as part of its dealer network. Tri-State will represent the versatile Terramac product line in Montana and Wyoming.

Fixing South Carolina's highways again tops legislators' priority list for the 2017 session that kicked off Jan. 10, but roadblocks remain to any plan that increases gas taxes to fund construction. “Our deplorable roads have got to be fixed,' said Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler, D-West Columbia.

Only minor work remains to complete an $88 million project on the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in Warren County, Ohio. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 18, to commemorate the completion of the project's major workload. “The new structures will help to keep people safe and commerce moving in Ohio,” said Jerry Wray Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) director.