June 2011

Researchers have recently completed the Reconstruction of Railroads and Highways with In-Situ Reclamation Materials (CFIRE 02-04) project and issued a final report.

This project focuses on the sustainable construction of highways and railways for increasing the freight capacity of transportation systems in the United States. The research team developed a methodology for increasing the freight capacity of highways using sustainable geo-materials. The researchers also investigated the service life and freight capacity of railroad systems in various substructure conditions, which can in turn be used for predicting the maintenance planning of railway tracks.

For more information about the results of this study, consult the final report.

About this Project

The Reconstruction of Railroads and Highways with In-Situ Reclamation Materials (CFIRE 02-04) project was funded by CFIRE with additional funding from the Minnesota Local Roads Research Board, and the Recycled Materials Resource Center. In addition, the research team received assistance from Amtrak, BNSF Railway, and Wisconsin and Southern Railway.

Courtesy of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Duluth, Minn. USA – When the Railway Industrial Clearance Association (RICA) handed out its Port Service Awards for North America this year, the Port of Duluth took top honors – sitting in first place, along with the Port of Mobile, in the Association’s final rankings. In two of the individual categories – those evaluating “facilities” and “overall service” – the Port of Duluth ranked at the top of RICA’s leader board.

In final rankings, RICA’s Top Ten Ports include: Duluth and Mobile (tied for first), Houston, Albany, Savannah, Charleston, Corpus Christi, NN/Norfolk/LPD, Tacoma, and Tampa.

The Clure Public Marine Terminal, Duluth’s only breakbulk (i.e. general cargo) facility, is owned by the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and operated by Lake Superior Warehousing Co., Inc.  LSWCI has served as terminal operator since 1991, earning a world-class reputation for safe, efficient handling of dimensional and heavy-lift cargo.

Heavy-lift cargo handling capacity at the Port of Duluth: a generator destined for a South Dakota power plant.

“Being ranked first by RICA is a significant honor for us,” said Jonathan Lamb, LSWCI vice president and general manager, “because it is presented by a group that deals specifically with dimensional cargoes and was awarded by the very people we serve.” Ballots were cast by representatives of several facets of the cargo-handling/transportation industry including, among others: railroads, ocean carriers, logistics providers, manufacturers, and trucking companies.

“This award comes on the heels of yet another milestone in the port’s history,” said Adolph Ojard, Port Authority executive director. “Just this month, we passed the one million mark in freight tons of wind turbine components handled through the Port of Duluth.”  Not only has Duluth become a preferred transshipment hub for the wind energy industry, but with over 360,000 square feet of warehouse capacity, LSWCI has also become a North American distribution center for dozens of companies and cargoes.

The Clure Public Marine Terminal covers 120 acres at the center of the Duluth-Superior harbor. Whether in- or outbound by water, road or rail, this breakbulk terminal has the facilities, equipment and expertise needed to handle the largest, most complex cargoes with ease.

Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director Adolph Ojard is a member of the CFIRE executive committee.

CFP: Sustainability Considerations in Transportation Asset Management

June 21, 2011

The TRB Committee on Transportation Asset Management (ABC40), in collaboration with the Committee on Transportation and Sustainability (ADD40), is seeking papers and posters that highlight innovative ways that these different applications of sustainability can be incorporated into the transportation asset management decision-making process. Papers for this CFP (and all others for the 2012 TRB Annual […]

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Bike/Ped Projects Create More Jobs

June 20, 2011

A newly released study from the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst–entitled Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts–finds that investment in bicycle and pedestrian projects creates more jobs than road-only projects. Overall we find that bicycling infrastructure creates the most jobs for a given level of spending: For […]

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Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Teacher Institute

June 20, 2011

Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Teacher Institute Door County, Wisconsin June 20-24, 2011 Nineteen participants from all over Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio will explore the historical, economical and environmental aspects of Great Lakes shipping in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. Participants will learn about the Port of Green Bay, visit a NOAA weather station and the Neville […]

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Mapping Transit Travel

June 8, 2011

Mapnificent allows you to map where you can travel by transit within a certain time frame. All you have to do, after selecting on of the cities supported by Mapnificent, is drop a pin on the map and adjust the transit time slider to view the available destinations. About Mapnificent was created in Germany by […]

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Webinar: National Energy and Transportation Infrastructure

June 6, 2011

National Energy and Transportation Infrastructure: Long-Term Planning for Cost, Sustainability, and Resiliency Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Location: 1721 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive Speaker: Jim McCalley, Professor Iowa State University Sponsored By: Power Systems Engineering Research Center Contact: Dennis J. Ray This webinar will describe results of efforts to perform long-term energy and […]

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