A recent conversation I had with a friend found us sharing some of the things that are causing stress in our lives. He said, “You sound perplexed.” Initially, I downplayed his diagnosis. But the word stuck in my head until I eventually looked it up since I didn’t know what it meant. “Perplex: to make unable to grasp something clearly or to think logically and decisively about something.” Hmm… Maybe not exactly what I had in mind but not far off. “Distracted,” maybe….
The following article was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
We recently held an on-site demonstration of Biorestor. In attendance were a few MNDOT researchers.
As we were awaiting the application to begin, I rifled off the benefits of Biorestor. After I had exhausted the list in my head, I was asked what the typical application would be. I said, “Well, Biorestor is only intended for the pavements that are two years of newer.”
According to a first-of-its-kind poll, we know Americans understand and agree that investing in transportation is a core function of government. Among the findings:
There are 210 million drivers in the US that rely on baby-boom-generation roadways for commerce. A third of our nation’s major roads need significant repair or replacement and nearly half of urban roads suffer from congestion, costing over $100 billion in wasted time and fuel each year.
In the waning days of 2012, facing the looming fiscal cliff crisis, I’d like to share a few thoughts.
In review of 2012, we have improved in numerous areas. We have strengthened our team with added depth and experience. We’ve challenged ourselves and taken on new initiatives that will lead to more opportunities down the road. We’ve invested in more efficient equipment. We’ve strengthened customer and supplier relationships. Most importantly, we had another safe year.
Over 80 years of experience. That’s the accumulated total of two key employees who retired recently. Tom Picek, in his 26th year with 4 decades of construction experience, retired last month. Tom Haller had been with BR 42 years when he retired last year. On top of these two management retirees, operator Gordy Johnson retired with decades of experience.
To construct a durable pavement one must first understand what causes pavement failure. Pavement deterioration come from both environmental causes and by traffic wear and tear.
Last month, we received the following letter from a resident of Bloomington affected by a roadway reconstruction project on Auto Club Road which required inconveniences to the motoring public.
We still have most of July and all of August to go, and already this has been one of the hottest summers on record. I am often asked how our employees handle working in hot weather.