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February 26, 2010

Transparent noise barrier pilot program launched on QEW

Monolithic noise barriers have become a regular feature of Ontario highway construction.

February 26, 2010

Build better roads starting from bottom up

Apparently thicker is better — at least when it comes to paving roads — according to an MTO expert.

February 26, 2010

London, Ontario hopes roundabout will improve traffic flow and safety

In rail travel’s golden era, the round house was key to helping a locomotive reverse direction. That idea comes full circle in a unique structure intended to improve safety and ease road traffic flow over CN rail tracks in London, Ontario.

February 26, 2010

Canadian Construction Association, B.C. road builders join forces to push for regulation changes

The B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association and the Canadian Construction Association are challenging the federal government over the definition of an inter-provincial carrier.

February 26, 2010

Highway 406 a perpetual paving testing ground

When it comes to designing pavement and engineering road building specifications, there’s nothing like a real world test lab to prove out ideas — the highway itself.

February 26, 2010

Grade separation will release traffic knots in Windsor, Ontario

When it comes to traffic and railways, Windsor is just a little different from other Canadian cities. And when it comes to building a road underneath one of those train lines things are different again.

February 26, 2010

International Snowplow Championship packed them in

It’s a mid-winter competition that has attracted contestants from around the world to Canada this February. The Vancouver 2010 Olympics?

February 26, 2010

Nighttime is the right time for road works in Toronto

Decades ago, the idea of construction crews working on road building projects after dark was the exception, rather than the norm. Traffic be damned, construction work took precedence over commuters.

February 26, 2010

Brampton, Ontario road expansion project scores two goals in a single shot

The $32-million two-lane widening and reconstruction of a seven- kilometre section of Queen Street East in Brampton is the largest single road contract project ever undertaken by Peel Region and is also helping to improve public transit connections.

February 26, 2010

Ontario Ministry of Transportation getting concrete results from pre-cast tests

Typically, road crews have a limited range of options to repair concrete roads on busy highways. Conventional concrete takes time to set, impeding traffic. Repairs completed with hot mix asphalt and fast track concrete can get traffic moving quickly but sacrifice durability.

February 26, 2010

Get hip to Reclaimed Ashpalt Pavement, roadbuilders urged

Roadbuilders and owners need to sing from the same song sheet about RAP, attendees at the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association’s annual seminar heard.

February 26, 2010

‘Nasty’ terrain just one of the challenges on Port Mann Highway 1 project

The Port Mann Highway 1 (PMH1) project has involved working on some of Vancourver’s Lower Mainland’s most “nasty” terrain, meeting stringent environmental guidelines, and avoiding stiff penalties of up to $800,000 per hour for being on site past daily deadlines, recounts Don Jacobsen, project manager for Peter Kiewit Sons.

February 26, 2010

Column: Green theme popping up again and again for road builders

Green Again was the theme of the 83rd Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) convention February 1-2 in Toronto.

February 26, 2010

Major revamp for Windsor-Detroit ‘hazmat’ ferry dock

Despite its four-month construction time frame — and November start date — by late January more than half the work had been completed at the Detroit-Windsor truck ferry dock in Windsor’s Ojibway Industrial Park.


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