Competent People and Your Excavations

Any time you begin an excavation, you must designate a competent person, according to OSHA standards, and we’re going to get to that in a moment.  First, we have to clear up what constitutes an “excavation.” The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)...

The Success Story Behind Delaware’s Clankers

You have likely heard of the Delaware Clankers.  At first you may have mistakenly thought they were a hockey team.  By now, you surely know that the clankers are instead a transportation innovation that fought off a corporate giant (at least for now) that threatened...

Time for Spring Cleaning…and Fixing and Patching

In a few weeks, winter may be behind us.  As such, you will soon be making the pivot from winter maintenance to spring and summer activities.  If you don’t already have one, now might be a good time to sit down with the crew for a little brainstorming and develop a...

Planning to Seal Asphalt Cracks This Spring? 

If you have asphalt roads, some of them surely have some cracks.  To the extent these are environmental, they come with age and that’s fine.  If they are because of compromises in the mix or poor laydown, that’s a topic for another day.  Regardless, cracks in your...

Stop Blaming Salt – Finish Your Concrete Better

Winter will soon wane and it’s time to think about sidewalks, curbs, and other flatwork that are on the list for repair or replacement.  If you find yourself looking at the scaling or mortar flaking in the surface and saying something like, “yeah, that’s what happens...

ISSA Membership Benefits Free to Local Agencies

Our Engineering Circuit Rider has just returned from the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) workshop.  While he did not bring back any of the warm weather, he did return with some news you can use. The Slurry Systems Workshop is an annual study course...