An 11 person delegation from the Tianjin Highway Administration, a northern Chinese city of 13 million people, recently visited MCDOT – the fifth delegation we have hosted. They were interested in road and bridge construction, traffic safety, and maintenance.
The visitors heard about our Engineering Division’s new approaches to bridge replacements, using prefabricated components. They learned about our Traffic Division’s Transportation Management Center and our recently completed signal modernization program. This presentation was especially meaningful because the presenter, traffic engineer Kyle Liang, had visited Tianjin twice and gave his talk in Chinese. Finally, Highway Services staff described their innovative use of GPS devices to guide snow removal crews through their routes.
Then the visitors were given a tour of the Bethesda Highway Depot and the Materials Testing Lab. This laboratory is the only state-certified, county-run facility that tests concrete or asphalt used in road construction.
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