Why is road smoothness important?

Road smoothness requirements are written into all Caltrans interstate and state highway projects. Contractors are held to high standards to achieve road smoothness tolerances. When pavements are smooth it reduces emissions, reduces vehicle wear and tear, and roads last longer. State DOT’s and government agencies also hear less complaints about … Read More

With the new RSS, is this the elimination of MOR flexural beams for Caltrans?

The above blog title is the most frequently asked question I am receiving from contractors as of late. Since the revised standard specifications (RSS) addition of compressive strength cylinders for concrete pavement acceptance, I am being asked, do we still need to make flexural beams? The quick answer, it depends … Read More

Looking Back: First Quarter Project Spotlight – Friant Kern Canal Middle Reach Capacity Correction Project

The Friant-Kern Canal is a 152-mile-long waterway that extends from the Friant Dam at Millerton Lake north of Fresno to the Kern River in Bakersfield. The original canal, built-in 1951, was designed to convey up to 5,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) of water to over 1 million acres of … Read More

What Are Sub-Horizontal Ground Anchors Used For?

As a specialized foundation, sub-horizontal ground anchors are distinct in application, components, and purposes. Otherwise known as “tiebacks,” they’re an integral foundation option in special cases where excavating and constructing a footing foundation isn’t possible. It’s also a popular route when it’s too difficult to construct a pile cap for … Read More

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