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Road Management Process: Extending the Lifecycle and Performance of Unpaved Roads

In Gravel Roads, Road & Surface Management, Roads, Unpaved Roads by Bob Vitale

In the previous article in this series, we discussed how to understand the various road maintenance costs that go into your road management process including the repair and rebuilding of unpaved versus paved roads.  Midwest has developed a proprietary method for achieving the pros of both paved and unpaved roads, while minimizing the cons of both, based on our latest research and …

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What is Winter Costing Your Railroad?

In Anti-Icing Deicing, Rail, Rail & Mass Transit, Railroads, Zero Gravity Third Rail® by Bob Vitale

Larger railroads have a fairly sound idea of the financial impact that severe winter weather can have on their railway maintenance costs. And so they prepare well in advance. But for many short lines, the costs to properly prepare are intimidating. And so they wait, until they can’t wait any longer.  But is putting off the expense the best approach …

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Unpaved vs Paved Roads: Understanding the Hidden Road Maintenance Costs That Drain Your Budget

In Road & Surface Management, Roads, Unpaved Roads by Bob Vitale

How far in the future do you plan your road maintenance costs?  Many county officials only make it through the next year, responding to needs as they arise. They track annual road maintenance costs using those numbers to make decisions going forward.  But even with such a short-sighted view, it’s easy to see the challenges ahead: rising maintenance costs, stagnating …

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NASA’s Approach to Third Rail Deicing

In Anti-Icing Deicing, Railroads, Zero Gravity Third Rail® by Bob Vitale

Your current approach to third rail deicing doesn’t work as well as NASA’s. Here’s why.  In 2019, Chicago’s Metra commuter rail system gained notoriety for appearing to set their railway tracks on fire. Of course, the tracks weren’t literally set on fire. But the video footage caused quite a stir. That January, temperatures hit a shocking 50 below, with windchill. To …

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Life on the Side of an Unpaved Road

In Dust Control, Gravel Roads, Unpaved Roads by Bob Vitale

The Stories and Science Behind the Plague of Fugitive Gravel Road Dust Google “residents complain about road dust” and you’ll get over 17 million results, with lists of local news articles citing community complaints about the detrimental effect of gravel road dust.  If you’re a county or municipal official who has anything to do with county or township road management, …