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Case Studies June 25, 2015

VDOT builds the compact panel bridge on Route 721 in Fredericksburg, Va.

Like many of the aging bridges in the nation, a 63-year-old bridge in Fredericksburg, Va., was deemed ready for retirement. After inspection, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) determined that the two-lane, steel and beam bridge was no longer safe for motorists and needed to be...
News June 22, 2015
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will tear down the I-75 bridges over U.S. 6 and install new ones later in the year. The project aims to complete the work over the course of two weekends with minimal traffic disruption.    The new bridges will already have been built and crews will move...
News June 19, 2015
A $25 million expansion of U.S. Highway 77 over the Guadalupe River in Victoria County, Texas is set to begin this year.   The projects calls for adding two lanes on the southeast side of the highway, creating a four lane divided highway on U.S. 77, running 2.5 miles between Farm-to Market Road...
Case Studies June 19, 2015

This is what the project looks like in 2015 - exactly the same, despite multiple freeze thaw cycles and storm events.

This Ohio bridge was replaced in 2005 with the help of abutments made of Redi-Rock segmental retaining wall blocks.   "I came up with the design using Redi-Rock because it was a winter project and we didn't want to pour monstrous abutments," the county engineer said. How does the bridge look now,...
Article June 05, 2015
As population density and traffic congestion, even in rural areas, continues to grow, speed and time have become primary, crucial elements of any construction project—notably bridgework, which often necessitates complicated, potentially untenable re-routing.     The Pennsylvania Department of...
News April 20, 2015
The New York State Department of Transportation and other agencies have begun work on a $15.6 million project to replace seven bridges in the town of Keene that are at risk from flood scouring, part of 80 bridges approved so far for replacement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Gov....
News March 16, 2015
In last week's annual update given by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to highway commissioners, MoDOT reported nearly 600 state bridges that are in serious or poor condition.   However, state transportation officials said that bridges classified as being in poor condition are...
Case Studies February 12, 2015

The Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge replacement project

The Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge spans the New River Gorge National River on Rte. 41 in the town of Prince, W. Va. The bridge is a two-lane, three-span, through-truss style that carries traffic white-knuckle high over the whitewater New River. One of the oldest rivers in North America and...
Article February 06, 2015

The 3,300-ft-long Tanana River Bridge provides the U.S. military with a vital connection to 1 million acres of training ranges—the largest in the U.S. It is Alaska’s longest bridge.

The word Tanana means “trail river.” The new Tanana River Bridge in Salcha, Alaska, a small community located south of Eielson Air Force Base, provides a trail across the river—a vital connection to 1 million acres of U.S. military training facilities in Alaska. Construction of the bridge marks the...
News November 19, 2014
Mining firms United Taconite and RGGS Land and Minerals announced recently that they have given notice to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) of their intent to terminate the easement rights to the portion of Hwy. 53 that is located between Hwy. 135 and 2nd Ave. in the town of...
News August 05, 2014
State Route 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project crews will be hard at work over this coming weekend as they place asphalt on new ramps and stripe the freshly paved lanes east of the S.R. 520 bridge. Beginning Friday night, Aug. 8, all S.R. 520 lanes across Lake Washington will be shut down in both...
News July 31, 2014
A new international agency will oversee the planned new Detroit-Windsor border crossing.   Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced yesterday that a new entity, the Canada-Michigan International Authority, is being formed and will manage land acquisition,...
News July 25, 2014
With the contract for the West Approach Bridge North Project awarded, crews are one step closer to breaking ground in Seattle on the S.R. 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program. The 6,100-ft-long structure will carry traffic across the westbound lanes of S.R. 520 from the new floating bridge to...
Article July 08, 2014
Some people believe that a replacement can never substitute properly for an original. History teaches us otherwise.   For when it comes to the replacement for the Gerald Desmond Bridge, nothing could be further from the truth. Though the new bridge will be a replacement, technically, it provides...
News June 27, 2014
What will be the world’s longest floating bridge is getting a new feature. Contractor crews for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will begin installing a massive, hinged transition span today and will have it fully in place tomorrow.   Five girders make up the span, each of...
News May 23, 2014
The replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, Calif., has received a $325 million loan from the U.S. DOT. A critical connector for the port of Long Beach commerce and trade, the bridge is highly congested and in dire structural condition. The loan is part of the Transportation...
Article May 08, 2014
The new frontier in bridge construction—where innovative, forward-thinking contractors will differentiate themselves—is in minimizing community impacts during construction. As an industry, we can design and construct grand structures of such size and strength that just half a century ago they would...
News May 06, 2014
Major traffic changes will soon begin on I-65 North and I-65 South in downtown Louisville as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Widening work on the Downtown Crossing has been concentrated along the outside lane of I-65 South in this area, with minimal impact on traffic. But with new lanes...
News April 28, 2014
The Illinois Tollway originally planned to begin reconstruction of the I-90 bridge over the Fox River this spring, but that plan for the $75 million project is being put on hold to allow the fish in that section of the river to finish spawning, according to the Chicago Tribune.   The Fox River near...
News April 23, 2014
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) officials broke ground yesterday for the Swatara Creek Bridge Project—a major construction undertaking that will result in a number of upgrades including a new, wider crossing over the Swatara Creek and Swatara Creek Road near Middletown, Pa.   The bridge...
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