South Fork Bridge Replacement, U.S. 2 Reconstruction Slated for Next Summer

first_imgAs the U.S. Highway 93 Alternate Route in Kalispell approaches completion this fall, transportation officials are turning their attention to the next significant road project in Northwest Montana: a long-awaited reconstruction of U.S. Highway 2 through Bad Rock Canyon.Revamping the narrow, two-lane highway that winds from Columbia Falls to Hungry Horse and replacing the bridge over the South Fork Flathead River have been long-standing priorities for the Montana Department of Transportation. With the help of two federal grants, the project is fully funded and the state agency is moving forward with a tentative timeline of breaking ground next summer.Ed Toavs, MDT’s district administrator, said the project is near the end of the design phase and bids could open by March 2017. Work could begin by May or June of next year, Toavs said.“We’ve been looking forward to this project for a long time,” he said.The project, estimated to cost roughly $16 million, will include reconstructing 4.5 miles of highway near the entrance to Hungry Horse to Bad Rock Canyon. The new highway will include a shared-use path on the river-side of the road for pedestrians and cyclists. There will also be wider shoulders added to the road.The new bridge will be built just to the west of the current structure, which was originally constructed in 1938. Both the bridge and the rebuilt road will remain two lanes.  The bridge will be designed so an additional two lanes could be added in the future. The alignment will reduce the highway’s sharp curve and will also include a 10-foot wide walkway.Construction will not interfere with summer traffic, Toavs said, and vehicles will still use the current bridge while the new structure is developed.“There won’t be any detour,” he said.A 2012 study determined that the bridge is functionally obsolete and structurally deficient, and many aspects of the structure do not meet modern transportation design standards.Nearly 14,000 vehicles travel through the corridor on an average summer day, according to MDT statistics.  The annual average is nearly 7,000 daily vehicles.The crash rate for the U.S. 2 corridor was nearly 2.5 times higher than the statewide average, according to a 2006-10 study. The severity rate was more than three times higher than the statewide average. There were 45 injuries and five fatalities during that time period.After the reconstruction is completed, MDT will have 1.5 miles of U.S. 2 that still need to be revamped. The stretch of road that is most narrow through Bad Rock Canyon presents multiple challenges, Toavs said.The rocky canyon that parallels the highway is unstable in some areas, making it difficult to drill into the mountainside to widen the road any further, Toavs said. On the other side of the road, the river traces the highway, creating another challenge when it comes to widening the route. Also, Columbia Mountain holds a spiritual and cultural significance to several local tribes. The primary natural gas line to the Flathead Valley also runs underneath U.S. 2, adding another element that complicates any construction.“There are all kinds of issues,” Toavs said.But Toavs said reconstructing the final narrow stretch of highway remains a priority, along with adding a shared-use path that would complete the pedestrian route from Columbia Falls to Hungry Horse.“It’s very much a needed project. It’s just a matter of solving these issues and finding funding,” Toavs said.Several other smaller transportation projects are slated for the coming years in the Flathead Valley. MDT is working to rehabilitate stretches of Montana Highway 206 south of Columbia Falls. Plans are being developed to add a shoulder to the narrow, two-lane road, which has seen an influx of traffic in recent years.MDT plans to work with Kalispell to address heightened traffic flows on West Reserve Drive near Whitefish Stage Road, as well as Willow Glen, Toavs said.The state agency also plans to repave primary sections of road through Columbia Falls and Evergreen next year, according to Toavs. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Snap-on Names Joseph Abbud, Vice President for Rapid Continuous Improvement

first_img Don’t Miss:Cooper Names New VP, Global Supply Chain Up Next:Phil Moore Joins Federated Auto Parts Distributors KENOSHA, WIS — Snap-on announced that Joseph Abbud will join the company in the newly created position of vice president – rapid continuous improvement, a position in which he will have responsibility for ensuring the implementation and continued evolution of manufacturing and operating best practices on a company-wide basis. His appointment is effective Monday, October 1. Abbud will report directly to Jack Michaels, chairman, president and CEO. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Abbud, 44, most recently led continuous improvement as worldwide director of operational excellence at ITT Industries Electronics Division in Hong Kong, PRC, where he held positions of progressively increased responsibilities, including plant and manufacturing management. He has extensive experience in establishing and implementing manufacturing and supply chain initiatives, which resulted in significantly improved customer satisfaction, cost competitiveness and increased operating cash flow. “With a solid track record of improving on-time delivery and establishing better cost competitiveness in North and South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Joseph will provide valuable leadership as we continue our priority on taking better care of our customers and dealers, and the further elimination of waste and complexity to improve our quality, delivery and costs,” said Michaels. “He is a high-energy, passionate leader who brings a results-oriented mindset and substantial expertise to our management team.” Abbud holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology, Monterrey, Mexico; a Master in Quality Systems from the International Institute of Strategic Administration, Torreon, Mexico; and is a graduate of the Financial Management Program at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia. _______________________________________ Click Advertisement In this article: Print last_img read more

Philadelphia +38 against Rockets, Heat striker Jones neck injury – Basketball…

first_imgThe 76s of the Philadelphia ended the regular season with a very convincing victory, beating the Houston Rockets by 38 points – 134: 96. James Harden spent just 26 minutes on the field, but scored 27 points and ten assists, but his account also had seven errors. As expected, Philadelphia dominated the fight under the baskets – 51 against 27 rebounds. Eight “76ers” players scored ten or more points, but none reached the 20-point threshold. Reservers Aleks Bērkss and Miks Skots spent a little over 20 minutes on the square, but were at +/- +37.The Los Angeles Clippers, who will meet the Dallas Mavericks, represented by Kristaps Porziņģis in the first round of the playoffs, dealt with the Oklahoma City Thunder at 107: 103. The second place in the Western Conference was secured on Wednesday, so this time Kavai Lenard, Paul George and Lou Williams did not go to the square at all. Terens Menns, who is leading the debut season, took the lead – 25 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. He made only one long shot, but that was exactly what allowed the reins to take over.Current champion Toronto Raptors finished the regular championship with a 53-19 balance as they managed to beat the Denver Nuggets 117: 109. The losing leader Nikola Jokičs played only ten minutes and scored two points. In the Raptors, Stanley Johnson was the most productive with 23 points, averaging 1.5 points per game this season, playing very small minutes. It should be noted that he scored 19 of his points in the second half.Indiana’s Pacers played the Miami Heat with 109: 92, with head coach Eric Spolstra saying before the match that he would like to use Derrick Jones as little as possible, but he has a very limited number of players. In the third quarter, Jones collided unsuccessfully with Pacers reserve center Gog Bitadzi, who formed the cover. Jones lay on the floor for several minutes and left the field only on a stretcher. However, the tests carried the good news – a neck injury is not too serious, and about his status before play-off could be decided in the coming days.The NBA playoffs will start on Monday, but before that, the team that will take the eighth place in the Western Conference must be determined. The rematch will be played by Portland’s Trail Blazers and Memphis’s Grizzlies. The first game is scheduled for Saturday, the second – on Sunday.Heat‘s Derrick Jones Jr being put on a stretcher here at the Miami-Indiana game. Hit the court hard and was holding his neck after. Has been down for several minutes. pic.twitter.com/nRoXVYLJHN— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 14, 2020Prayers up to Derrick Jones Jr., stretchered off the court in a neck brace after taking this hit pic.twitter.com/TT1NjHubjy— 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒆 🌩 (@Three_Cone) August 14, 2020Regular season, August 15The gameThe resultThe bestRaptors – Nuggets117:109Johnson 23 – Dozier 20Pacers – Heat109:92Makdermots 23 – Nanns 23Clippers – Thunder107:103Men 25 – Diallo 27Rockets – 76ers96:134Harden 27 – Harris 18NBA standingsV.EastBalance%V.WestBalance%1.Bucks*56-1776.7%1.Lakers*52-1973.2%2.Raptors*53-1973.6%2.Clippers*49-2368.1%3.Celtics*48-2466.7%3.Nuggets*46-2763.0%4.Pacers *45-2861.6%4.Rockets*44-2861.1%5.Heat*44-2960.3%5.Thunder*44-2861.1%6.76ers*43-3058.9%6.Jazz*44-2861.1%7.Nets*35-3748.6%7.Mavericks*43-3257.3%8.Magic*33-4045.2%8.Trail Blazers35-3947.3%9.Wizards25-4734.7%9.Grizzlies34-3946.6%10.Suns34-3946.6%11.Spurs32-3945.1%12.Kings31-4143.1%13.Pelicans30-4241.7%*provided a place in the playoffsNBA first round calendarMonday, August 17th (The last two games will start on August 18)20:30 Nuggets – Jazz23:00 Raptors – Nets01:30 Celtics – Sixers04:00 Clippers – MavericksTuesday, August 1820:30 Bucks – Magic23:00 Pacers – Heat01:30 Rockets – Thunder03:00 Lakers – Blazers/GrizzliesWednesday, August 1920:30 Raptors – Nets23:00 Nuggets – Jazz01:30 Celtics – Sixers04:00 Clippers – MavericksThursday, August 2020:00 Pacers – Heat22:30 Rockets – Thunder01:00 Bucks – Magic04:00 Lakers – Blazers/GrizzliesFriday, August 21st20:30 Nets – Raptors23:00 Jazz – Nuggets01:30 Sixers – Celtics04:00 Mavericks – ClippersSaturday, August 2220:00 Magic – Bucks22:30 Heat – Pacers01:00 Thunder – Rockets03:30 Blazers/Grizzlies – LakersSunday, August 2320:00 Sixers – Celtics22:30 Mavericks – Clippers01:30 Nets – Raptors04:00 Jazz – NuggetsMonday, August 2420:30 Magic – Bucks23:00 Thunder – Rockets01:30 Heat – Pacers04:00 Blazers/Grizzlies – Lakerslast_img read more

What is latest update on Deontay Wilder’s injury, has his eardrum burst and what happened with outfit before Fury fight?

first_img Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Amazing movies best funny animals Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4center_img Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter DEONTAY WILDER is no longer a world heavyweight champion after losing his WBC title in an emphatic defeat to Tyson Fury.The Bronze Bomber was well beaten by the Gypsy King and saw his corner throw in the towel in the seventh round after continued damage to his ear.Wilder was rumoured to have suffered a burst eardrum during the fightCredit: ReutersWhat is the latest update on Deontay Wilder’s injury?Reports immediately after the fight suggested that Deontay Wilder had suffered a burst eardrum.And concern grew for the Bronze Bomber when he was unable to attend his press conference amid rumours he had been taken to hospital.However, ESPN’s Dan Rafael later tweeted to state that Wilder was not rushed to hospital as he was made to wait in his dressing room to provide a urine sample.And Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel then said that the he had sustained a cut to his ear, which was stitched up in his dressing room.After the fight had finished, trainer Jay Deas blasted coach Mark Breland for throwing in the towel.He said: “Mark threw the towel. I didn’t think he should’ve. Deontay’s the kind of guy that’s the go-out-on-his-shield kind of guy.“He [Wilder] will tell you, straight up, don’t throw the towel in.”Following the defeat, Wilder has been handed a six-week medical ban from boxing.Wilder has since said that he did not suffer a burst eardrum, and it did not affect his balance.He said: “My eardrum didn’t get busted. Usually, when your eardrum gets busted, you know, it affects certain things. It was just some type of scratch or opening inside of my ear. That was about it.”Deontay Wilder confirms he DOES want Tyson Fury rematch before end of July and may axe trainer who threw in towelWhat happened with Deontay Wilder’s ring walk outfit?Deontay Wilder was blasted by fans for making the “worst excuse of all time” after he blamed his “heavy” £31k ring walk outfit for his defeat.The Bronze Bomber came covered head-to-toe in a 45-pound costume for Black History Month.Wilder notably had little power in his legs during the fight, with many pundits attributing that to the early blows taken from Fury to his ear.But he told Yahoo: “He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me.“I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight. In the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through.“It could easily be told that I didn’t have legs or anything. A lot of people were telling me, ‘It looked like something was wrong with you.’ Deontay Wilder claimed his ring walk outfit was too heavy for himCredit: AP:Associated Press“Something was, but when you’re in the ring, you have to bluff a lot of things.“I tried my best to do so. I knew I didn’t have the legs because of my uniform.“I was only able to put it on [for the first time] the night before but I didn’t think it was going to be that heavy. It weighed 40, 40-some pounds with the helmet and all the batteries.“I wanted my tribute to be great for Black History Month. I wanted it to be good and I guess I put that before anything.”Will Fury and Wilder have a rematch?Deontay Wilder has not activated his rematch clause yet, but manager Shelly Finkel says the Bronze Bomber will trigger a trilogy bout.He told World Boxing News: “Right now, the clause for a third fight with Tyson Fury has not been activated yet.“Deontay intends to activate it, he wants the trilogy.“I can confirm Deontay will exercise his right to fight Tyson Fury next. That’s the fight Deontay wants. It will happen next.”That fight will have to go ahead unless Fury’s team can reach some sort of agreement with Wilder’s for him to step aside.But Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has said that his preference is to hold a ‘Battle of Britain’ unification bout with Anthony Joshua next.And he has said that he will explore all options to make that a reality.Warren told Radio BBC 5 live: “I prefer to go straight to Joshua, but that [Wilder rematch] is the contract.“It has to be honoured unless we can reach some accommodation for him to step aside.“We could pay him to step aside if he wants to do that, but that is his choice.”Under the terms of the contract, the Fury-Wilder trilogy bout must take place by mid-July.Las Vegas is seen as the likely destination, but Frank Warren is keen to hold it at Old Trafford.Frank Warren gives his opinion on Deontay Wilder’s ring walk costume after loss to Tyson Fury Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

Cricket: Australian Women’s A Team easily sees out India Women’s A Team by 91…

first_imgAdvertisement vops2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsch4daWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1tul( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) p0sd9Would you ever consider trying this?😱ll3gzCan your students do this? 🌚3ai8Roller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: RediffAdvertisement The opening game of the three-match ODI series between Australia A Women team and India A women was a one-sided affair with the visitors picking up the victory by 91 runs.Advertisement Opting to bat first after winning the toss, the Aussies put up 271/8 in the allotted fifty overs at the Bandra Kurla Complex facility. Tahlia McGrath shone in the pack with a well made 58 off 66 deliveries. The 22-year-old hit 10 fours and a six in the knock.McGrath was well supported by Heather Graham and Naomi Stalenberg who narrowly missed out on their half-centuries. A quickfire cameo of 37 by skipper Molly Strano guided the team to the 270 run mark.Advertisement The Indian women were never in the chase as the visitors skittled the top order to leave the hosts at 55/6 at one stage. Shikha Pandey and Preeti Bose offered some resistance down the order with a 60 run stand for the seventh wicket before ultimately bundling out for 180.With figures of 3-23, Molly Strano made her presence felt with the ball as well after her cameo at the latter stages of the first innings.Australia lead the series 1-0 with two more matches to go. The second fixture is slated to take place on October 17 at the same venue.Brief Scorecard: Australia A: 271/8 (Tahila McGrath 58, Heather Graham 48; Preeti Bose 3-42)  India A:  180 in 46.2 overs (Preeti Bose 62 not out, Shikha Pandey 42; Molly Strano 3-23).Read Also:Sanath Jayasuriya charged under violation of ICC’s Anti-Corruption CodeCricket: Virat Kohli singles Umesh Yadav out of praise for his performance Advertisementlast_img read more