The First Christmas Tree: A Cultural Perspective

Working with teams of environmentalists over the years, I have wondered how they feel about the cutting of trees at Christmas time. Do they see it as genocide of poor evergreen trees, or do they view it as a cultural experience that we Americans have followed for generations? I am guessing the latter. As an […]

Improve Left-Turn Safety with Flashing Yellow Arrows

Most people can relate to the frustration of making left-hand turns in heavy traffic—especially that moment when the light turns yellow and you have to decide if the oncoming car is going to stop and let you turn left and clear the intersection. Some drivers assume a yellow light means they are free to turn, […]

Safety Studies, Solutions Contribute to Fewer Roadway Fatalities

The Ohio Department of Transportation recorded fewer than 1,000 fatalities on Ohio roadways in 2013—the lowest number since recordkeeping started in 1936. While improved vehicle technology certainly contributes to this trend, ODOT’s commitment to conducting safety studies and implementing countermeasures is a significant factor in the decline of fatalities. LJB is proud to have played […]

Innovative Traffic Signal Improves Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian and bicycle crashes represent 9 percent of the fatalities on Ohio’s roadways. This fact, coupled with a greater emphasis on alternative forms of transportation like walking, bicycling and transit use, has led communities to focus more than ever on providing safe infrastructure for all modes of travel. We are closer to achieving this goal […]

Is Your Community Active Transportation-Friendly?

Today is International Walk to School Day, a yearly event that encourages school children to walk and bike to school to instill healthy habits, help the environment, promote safety, and create a stronger sense of community. Whether it’s Walk to School Day, Bike to Work Day or some other initiative to encourage active transportation, communities […]

Award Proves Ohio Winters Are No Match for ODOT

It’s nearly summer, and the last thing on our minds is whether snow and ice will affect our commute.  Even for the five or so months a year that snow is a possibility in Ohio, efficient snow and ice removal is a luxury most of us take for granted. Fortunately, the hard work the Ohio Department of Transportation […]

Theme Parks: A Model for Urban Planning?

In honor of National Public Works Week (yes, this is a real thing), I wanted to share an interesting article that relates theme parks to public works. I have never really thought of theme parks and public works in the same context, but Rollins College, a liberal arts school in Winter Park, Fla., offers students a […]

Mobile Apps for Public Works Professionals

Today, smart phones and tablets seem ubiquitous with business people. Smart phones and tablets allow us to stay in contact and have access to information that we need at our fingertips no matter where we are. We would be lost without them. One of the reasons I swear by mine is the ability to run […]

Innovative Process Uses Raindrops to Test Bridges for Safety

To determine the physical and functional condition of a bridge, LJB regularly completes bridge inspections for various counties and municipalities throughout Ohio.  These inspections are required by the National Bridge Inspection Standards and the Ohio Department of Transportation and follow a fairly straightforward process across the industry. I was surprised when I read this article […]

Who Knew? Beets Are a Great Eco De-icer

During the winter, we’re used to rock salt on our cars, our sidewalks and our roads. In fact, the use of rock salt on U.S. roads has skyrocketed in the last 50 years. The USEPA estimates that 11 million tons is used each year. The problem is that all that salt finds its way into […]