John LattaBetter RoadsThe Sandlot SystemIf Washington politicians are holding onto the ball and refusing to play, states will take the ball away and play their way with their rules.September 8, 2013Better RoadsThe Roads to a City’s BankruptcyHere’s an interesting look at data about what its accumulator calls “unnecessary infrastructure.” What he/she (a bio, with no name, says the blogger is a professional Urban Planner and Designer) is doing is trying to find a link between a big city’s bankruptcy (Detroit apparently triggered this entry) and the lane miles per capita within […]August 9, 2013Better RoadsWhose trains are safer: Europe or USA?It’s lies, damned lies and statistics again. This time the question, arising after the recent high-fatality (79) Spanish high-speed rail disaster, is about whether Europe’s trains are safer than ours. In this report we lose, but the numbers are not as simple as they seem as you can see. I raise the question because the […]August 8, 2013Better RoadsInvite Them and They Will ComeFind the local reporters covering your industry and invite them to your office and out to a jobsite.August 7, 2013Better RoadsThis is what you do for your state, Mr. Road Building ContractorTo continue to have as much firepower as possible at your fingertips when talking to people who are unaware of the impact of your industry on your state, check out this interactive map. It’s built on 2012 American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) research and it shows you just how much of an impact […]August 7, 2013Better RoadsWe know where you were last night: VMT a bad idea, says professorIt’s really all about privacy. Or is it? Mark J. Perry, a professor of economics at the University of Michigan and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, says a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee is a bad idea. He says, “One feature of the VMT tax is that it would require some way to […]August 6, 2013Better RoadsDr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and Pres. ObamaI’m going to have a to go along with Mark on this one. According to Mark Szakonyi writing in The Journal of Commerce, “There are two President Obamas when it comes to infrastructure spending.” The president has continued to talk about his commitment to a stronger transportation infrastructure and to showcase his awareness that it […]August 5, 2013Better RoadsIgnore the potholes; re-elect me!Think of it as a NIMBP problem. As in a Not In My Back Pocket problem. [You know the NIMBY problem of course: yes we want you to build that horrible/dangerous/smelly —–, just Not in My Backyard] Americans want more money to be spent on our roads and bridges. They just don’t want to be […]August 2, 2013Better RoadsCloser to E than F and heading for BLet’s say you are rolling down the highway and watching the gas gauge on your dashboard as you go. You see it steadily going down. You are aware that it is heading to E. You roll on. It gets inevitably closer to E. You know if you don’t stop and fill up it will hit […]August 1, 2013Better RoadsYo Congress: Transportation infrastructure is a job-creating investmentThere is an argument about transportation infrastructure that is not made enough–not anywhere near enough. It boosts economic choices and economic growth: two major flag waving issues for almost everyone in public life, especially the conservatives. But why do we see so little coverage of the details of how it works? Perhaps because it’s a […]July 31, 2013Page 1 of 43Next PageTop StoriesContractor of the YearContractor of the Year Finalist: W.F. Delauter Grows from One Dozer to 135-Piece FleetKirby Delauter’s father, Russ, jokingly refers to the firm he and his father, Willie, formed in 1955 as a “one-horse operation.” Change that from one horse to one dozer.PickupsToyota Boosts Power, Safety, Looks on 2022 TundraEquipmentFirst Hitachi-Built ZX210LC-6 Excavator Ships to North AmericaPickupsChevy's First Silverado ZR2 Catches Air – and Attention – in VideoSponsor ContentSign Up for a Free Consultation with Mobil Experts!