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Landscaping That’s Good Enough to Eat

You may have heard of “drinking in the scenery,” but did you know you can eat the landscape? Edible landscaping can involve integrating plants that bear fruit, berries, and nuts into a compact office site. Or it can entail a sizable urban orchard or other planting that provides beauty as well as a crop to… Read More »

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X Marks the Spot: What Is That Thing?

Ever notice those big white X’s painted on roads? If you haven’t, you’ll probably start noticing them now. (And you may also see T- or L-shaped versions). They’re known as aerial targets, and their purpose is to provide control for aerial mapping flights. But it’s not control in the conventional sense of “control freak.” In… Read More »

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Keep On Truckin’!

When Marvin Finendale of Superior, Wisconsin, won an Ayres Associates “cashew truck” at the recent Wisconsin County Highway Association Conference, he knew just what to do. The truck, which usually holds Ayres’ trademark cashew snacks during conferences, soon was holding a little peanut, Finendale’s grandson Parker! The cashew truck is a regular feature in our… Read More »

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Green Light, Green Light: Signal Timing Efforts Pay Big Dividends

We’ve all been there. Somehow, generally when you’re already running late, you hit every single red light on the way to your destination. Traffic engineers like our own John Davis spend a lot of their workday trying to make sure this happens less and less. “Work on traffic signal timings is great because the end… Read More »

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Communication Helps Ease Construction ‘Pain’

More goes into a road reconstruction project than just engineering. While the design is an absolutely critical part of the process, nearly as important is communicating the impact of that design to the project stakeholders. That’s what engineers Mike Liebman and Craig Schuh from our Green Bay office did at a public information meeting on… Read More »

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Remote Catamaran Retrieves Data and Keeps Surveyors Safe

Conditions are sometimes too dangerous for water resources engineers to get up close and personal to collect hydrographic survey data at bridges. When scouting bridges in 2012, Ayres Associates’ staff decided one bridge – U.S. Highway 8 over the St. Croix River in Polk County, Wisconsin – was impassable by jet boat and not navigable… Read More »

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Remote Vehicle Serves as Inspectors’ Eyes in Tight Culverts

It’s kind of an overgrown, odd-looking remote control boat. However, its use is anything but child’s play in the collection of important data during the inspection of submerged culverts and hard-to-reach structures. Ayres’ structural inspectors have been using a remote-operated vehicle (ROV) to inspect submerged culverts as part of a Wisconsin Department of Transportation statewide… Read More »

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Town of Menasha’s Fritsch Park No Longer on the Fritz

WLUK-TV in Green Bay broadcast a series of reports about the Town of Menasha’s new Fritsch Park, an engineering success story for Ayres Associates. The Town invested $1.4 million for improvements to the park, and Ayres (project manager Mike Liebman) played a significant role in the park’s revitalization. The 18-acre neighborhood park consists of open… Read More »

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What’s It Really Like Inside a Sewer?

Would you believe some engineers not only tolerate crawling inside sanitary sewer manholes – but actually enjoy it? Chris Pletcher, Sam Lowe, and several others in the municipal engineering group in Ayres’ Fort Collins, Colorado, office climb into manholes to help their clients learn whether their sewer pipes are sized right, if they are leaking,… Read More »

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Safer Intersections Turning Up in Wisconsin

J-turn intersections are starting to work their way into Wisconsin, usually where a fairly busy state or county road meets a 65 mph four-lane highway. You can find them near Superior (US 53 and County Highway B) and Green Bay (State Highway 29 and County Highway VV, which was designed by Ayres). Several more are… Read More »

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