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7 Important Milestones of the Clean Water Rule

By |2018-11-02T08:29:57-04:00March 8th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Five months ago, a federal appeals court issued a nationwide stay of the Clean Water Rule (commonly referred to as the Waters of the U.S or WOTUS rule). The stay will be maintained while the legal battles surrounding it are reviewed by the country’s courts. But, the buzz about this controversial rule didn’t [...]

Unique Solutions Executed for Tallest Twin Bridges in Virginia

By |2018-12-13T15:15:48-04:00February 23rd, 2016|Tags: , , |

Capitalizing on our segmental bridge expertise to lead us into a new market, RS&H was selected in 2009 to serve as Owner’s Representative for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Route 460 Connector Phase I Design-Build project. A major part of the project was the construction of the Grassy Creek Bridges, now the tallest [...]

New Title Requirements for Fort Worth District Mitigation Banks

By |2018-11-02T08:30:26-04:00December 4th, 2015|Tags: , , |

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District has recently started requiring new land title information before submitting a complete prospectus on new wetland and stream mitigation banks. Complicated Title Issues There have been a number of projects that have been subject to these new requirements. Title issues can be a complex, [...]

The Secret to How Florida is Reducing Highway Wildlife Deaths

By |2018-11-02T08:31:50-04:00December 3rd, 2015|Tags: , , |

The Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi) is one of the rarest large mammals in the U.S. and was one of the first to be placed on the U.S. Endangered Species List in 1973. Sadly, the species suffered 24 fatalities on Florida’s highways in 2014. Collisions between wildlife and vehicles can also cause substantial [...]

3 Key Ways to Restore & Recharge Your Water Supply

By |2018-11-02T08:32:01-04:00December 3rd, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Most water resources managers agree that clean drinking water doesn’t start at your tap, it starts at the source. In states with an abundance of wetlands, wetland habitats can store and slow the flow of floodwaters, sustaining rivers and streams, while also serving as a source of water. To that end, it’s important [...]

The Changing Role of Tolls Training

By |2018-11-02T09:24:31-04:00December 1st, 2015|Tags: , , , |

As tolling has moved from collecting tolls in the lane to all electronic tolling where tolls are processed by account and by mail, the focus of tolls training has adapted to this change as well. From training staff on the use of manual lane terminals, vehicle classification and tour funds, we've moved the [...]

Performance Metrics – Real World vs. Fantasy

By |2018-11-02T09:25:15-04:00December 1st, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

We've all seen toll system performance metrics in a solicitation that seem to defy logic - they can't be achieved, can't be measured, or can't be tested. Sometimes these ill fashioned performance metrics make it all the way into an executed contract and cause all sorts of problems in delivery and subsequent operations and [...]

The Next 3 Advancements in the Toll Industry

By |2018-11-02T09:25:06-04:00November 30th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus believed that change is central to the universe. This describes the tolling industry with the technological advancements (transponders, vehicle classification and detection, and video) over the past 20 years. We also are moving from gated toll plazas to open road tolling to all electronic tolling, from HOV to managed [...]

Risk is the Key to Procurement

By |2018-11-02T09:25:41-04:00November 30th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Projects inherently have risks. Some are high stakes and some are minor, but worth analyzing. Risk assessment for project procurement starts with a look at the "hows" of the project: How will it be funded? How will it get built? How will it be operated? What follows is a look at the "whos" involved [...]

Top 6 Ways Separation Strategies Can Impact Managed Lanes Operations

By |2018-11-02T09:26:02-04:00November 30th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

With the increased deployment of Priced Managed Lanes (PML), we have been able to better understand the advantages, disadvantages, and impacts of lane separation techniques. There are many factors that affect the type of separation to be used between the PML and the General Purpose Lanes (GPL). Safety – Safety items to consider [...]