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Using drones to inspect bridges
MnDOT is testing unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, to learn how they can be used to help inspect the state’s many bridges.Designing fish-friendly culverts
Where roads meet rivers, culverts can block fish and other aquatic organisms that can’t navigate changes in current, lighting or other factors. Researchers are working to establish a set of culvert design practices to help aquatic creatures get where they’re going.

Applying LiDAR to county transportation systems
Researchers are experimenting with mobile light detection and ranging (LiDAR) using a sedan rigged with senors. They are collecting data that they hope leads to the creation of applications that can be useful to county highway departments and municipal public works departments.

Latest edition of Accelerator available
In the Sept./Oct issue of our bimonthly newsletter: Alternate route signage; guidance for flashing yellow arrows; automating bike and pedestrian traffic monitoring; changing travel patterns; upgrade to bike-route finding tool (“Cyclopath”); LiDAR demonstration; asphalt bond testing; limestone aggregate specifications; MnPASS pricing analysis; steel culvert design.

New Publications
The Story of Research and Technology
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently released a video and a 44-page publication that document role research and technology play in meeting the demands of the nation’s highway system and contributing to improvements in safety, infrastructure and operations.

Upcoming Events
10/15: U.S. Domestic Scan Program proposals due
10/26: LRRB meeting, St. Cloud
11/2:  TRB’s Transit IDEA proposals due
11/3: TRIG fall meeting                                                                                                              
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Negret Wine Company opens in downtown Hudson

Oct 29, 2015 05:55 am

After a lifetime of overcoming obstacles, third-generation winemaker Vincent Negret is on the verge of fulfilling his dream as he prepares to open his winery — Negret Wine Company — in downtown Hudson on Thursday, Oct. 29. “It’s scary, but nice,” Negret said.
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Audrey’s Canvas Parties welcomed as Chamber member

Oct 28, 2015 04:38 pm

The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau welcomed it’s newest member Audrey’s Canvas Parties.  Artist and owner Audrey Martin has been developing her skills since childhood.  Audrey provides art instruction for children and adults in group or one-on-on one sessions.
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