Mmm... routine municipal work. I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking to decompress for a few minutes during a stressful day, I like to pour a fresh cup of coffee, sit back and soak in basic tasks carried out on a day-to-day basis, like a new road being built.
The first solar road in the world officially opened in the small town of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France on Wednesday. It is one kilometer long (about 0.62 miles) and took $5.2 million to produce.
In Mono County, California you’ll find beautiful, mountainous wildland. And sometimes those mountains drop really big boulders onto the road. For the local road workers, those are the best days on the job.
There are so many dump trucks and pavers and road rollers paving Moscow’s Tverskaya Street in this time lapse that it looks like a massive swarm of machines have taken over Russia. The smaller road rollers look and move a lot like the little planes that launch from the mothership (which, in this case would be the dump…
It sounds very straightforward when he describes it. There was no good road leading from his town to the nearby border; he was a retired builder; he sold everything he had to build the road himself, building it where his government would not.
Every sports car driver and sport bike rider dreams of the perfect roads over Los Angeles, but we’re not the only ones (or even the fastest ones) who carve these canyons.
Mother Nature always forgets to end winter in places like Norway so it’s up to these giant snow blower tractors to clear the road. You can see how it works in the video below, the monster snow blower blasts through the layers of thick snow and carves out an open path, revealing the mountain road that was buried…
Traditional methods of de-icing roads involve pouring some kind of chemical onto the surface: effective, but also time-consuming, and expensive down the line. Pumping electricity through concrete isn’t the most intuitive solution, but it could be surprisingly effective.
This isn’t some run-of-the-mill random Dutch canal. Frozen canals happen every winter, and they are not special. But a road that’s frozen over so completely, so thoroughly, that you can skate your ass down it so well you’re basically Kristi Yamaguchi? That’s a party.
Some scientists believe we’re living in a new epoch of history, the Anthropocene, defined by how drastically humans have altered the Earth with mining, roadways, and other earthworks. Now, engineers are testing plastic roads that can be installed and removed incredibly quickly.
For years, government agencies have chased technologies that would make it easier to ensure that vehicles in carpool lanes are actually carrying multiple passengers. Perhaps the only reason these systems haven’t garnered much attention is that they haven’t been particularly effective or accurate, as UC Berkeley…
It's the difference of just one inch. In 2005, the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries shaved that much off its guardrail design, saving the company $2 per guardrail head. It also neglected to report this design change to the Federal Highway Administration. Tens of thousands of these potentially deadly guardrail…
When life hands you landslides, make your own private toll road detour. (Haven't you heard the saying?) Since February, a landslide has closed the A431 highway between Bristol and Bath in England, adding an extra hour to the commute. So one enterprising local guy built a road through a private field—the UK's private…
If you and the fam had plans to visit Yellowstone this year, rethink your itinerary. There's so much underground heat that the roads are melting underneath people's cars.
Linking Pakistan and China through the Hindukush, Karakoram and Himalayan ranges, the Karakoram Highway is one of the most alpine, remote, and beautiful roads in the world. This is what life is like along its mountain passes.
"Vision Zero," New York mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to eliminate traffic deaths in the city, is audacious but not unprecedented. Like almost all good social policies, the Swedes did it first. And we could learn a thing or two from them.
Watch these F-18 pilots training to take off and land on public roads, a skill they used to practice more often back in the Cold War days, when they had to be ready in case the Soviet Union decided to bomb their airfields during an invasion.
On this day in 1982, the government informed the residents of Times Beach, Missouri that they would have to evacuate. The town had paved its own roads with dioxin, among the most toxic cancer-causing substances made by man.
This road is fantastically dramatic during stormy weather. Roughly five miles of shear insanity zig-zaging over bridges and across sparsely inhabited islands. Add an Aston Martin DB9 to the mix, and this might be a truly unforgettable experience.
Sheer drops to a river thousands of feet below, overhangs barely high enough to clear a truck's roof, and a waterfall right onto the roadway. This might be the world's most terrifying road, I just don't know where it is.