Category: Transportation Engineering

Highways Designed with Snow and Cold in Mind

By Eric Sorensen, PE From temperature extremes to drainage, roadway designers factor in the snow and cold when designing for our northern and mountain states. Let’s look at the properties of various pavement types and the basics of how that pavement is placed and treated for optimal performance in climates plagued by cold and snow.… Read More »

High Mast Light Poles Light the Way for Drivers

By Michael Noesen, PE, and Tim Howell, CBI It’s a given that nighttime driving is more hazardous than daytime driving. Visibility decreases even when a vehicle’s headlights are on. High mast lighting is one of the tools roadway engineers use to help improve visibility for motorists. It provides a safer environment for motorists when designed… Read More »

Potholes: How They Form and How They Can Be Prevented

Whether traveling on local streets, rural roads, or busy highways, nothing is more satisfying to a driver than a long stretch of smooth road. Conversely, nothing is more aggravating than a route peppered with potholes. Unfortunately, without proper road maintenance, the latter can become the norm rather than the exception ― and in addition to… Read More »