Bridge Construction

Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois

Gov. Pritzker speaks at the Illinois Capitol in May 2019. Image: Gov. JB Pritzker via Twitter.

News May 22, 2019
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently introduced a sweeping plan to address a variety of infrastructure needs throughout the state, including raising the motor fuel tax and investing over $28 billion in combined local, state, and federal funding for transportation projects.   Dubbed Rebuild Illinois,...
Congress House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee budget
News May 10, 2019
This week, leaders from the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting two committee-related priorities be included in any upcoming budget agreement.   The letter was...
I-4 Ultimate Improvement road construction project
News May 09, 2019
The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Orlando, Florida, is reportedly falling behind on its scheduled 2021 completion date by nearly nine months.   According to local reports, I-4 Mobility Partners, the project builder, recently told the Florida DOT (FDOT) in a progress report that the $2.3...
Florida’s Pensacola Bay signature bridge
Article May 03, 2019
As part of a design-build team with Skanska, WSP USA designed the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, which carries traffic along Rte. 30 (U.S. 98) from the city of Pensacola to Gulf Breeze.   The bridge is a major east-west transportation corridor, a primary hurricane evacuation route and a popular roadway...
Cline Avenue Bridge East Chicago, Indiana
Article May 03, 2019
The New Cline Avenue Bridge is an elevated expressway in Northwest Indiana that connects SH 912 to I-90, crossing over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal in East Chicago, Ind.   This connection on the eastern side of the Chicago metropolitan region accommodates significant interstate truck traffic...
New Champ Clark Bridge between Missouri and Illinois
Article May 03, 2019
For a fairly “straightforward” bridge project, the new Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana, Mo., is a first for project owners and already is delivering enormous community benefits ahead of its completion later this year.   The new bridge will replace the original narrow five-span truss bridge over the...
FIU bridge collapse March 2018
News May 03, 2019
The construction company that built the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge, which collapsed in March 2018 and killed six people while injuring another eight, has reached a deal with insurers to pay up to $42 million to the victims and their families, according to a Miami...
I-15 Technology Corridor in Utah
News May 02, 2019
The Utah DOT (UDOT) recently said the I-15 Technology Corridor project in Silicon Slopes is on schedule for completion in late 2020.    UDOT crews began working on the project in April 2018. Now in its second year of construction, the tech corridor is the last remaining section of I-15 between Salt...
Pennsylvania Auditor General DePasquale

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (left) stands with PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards at a press conference to discuss the PennDOT audit. Image: Aud. Gen. DePasquale via Periscope.

News April 26, 2019
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week announced his new audit of the Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT) shows the agency could be further along in repairing rough highways and fixing 2,829 structurally deficient bridges with the billions of dollars it has been forced to pay to State...
road user fees; transportation funding
News April 24, 2019
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a tech-based policy group, believes the federal government should be taking advantage of GPS technology to establish a national road-user charge (RUC) system that would replace fuel taxes as a revenue stream for infrastructure.  ...
Illinois Tollway Mile Long Bridge

Image: courtesy of Illinois Tollway

News April 23, 2019
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors recently approved six new construction and professional engineering service contracts totaling nearly $228.7 million at its April meeting, including a $184.6 million contract to reconstruct the northbound Mile Long Bridge on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294)—the...
I-80 bridges over Des Plaines River, Joliet, Illinois
News April 19, 2019
The Illinois DOT (IDOT) announced that regularly scheduled inspections of the I-80 bridges over the Des Plaines River in Joliet are set to begin April 29.   Daily lane closures will be required, starting with the westbound bridge until May 6, when inspections begin on the eastbound bridge....
Arlington Memorial Bridge

Image: ARTBA

News April 03, 2019
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the recently released U.S. DOT 2018 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database reveals that 47,052 of U.S. bridges are classified as structurally deficient and in poor condition.   Vehicles of all kinds cross these...
Chattanooga I-75 concrete railing collapse over I-24

Image: Tennessee DOT via Twitter

News April 02, 2019
Crews are continuing to work on emergency repairs today after a large chunk of concrete railing fell off an I-75 North bridge onto the I-24 westbound ramp below in Chattanooga, Tenn., late Monday morning, injuring one person.   A section of I-75 was closed down to traffic after the collapse, near...
High Bridge arch span deck finishing
Article April 01, 2019
The Smith Avenue Bridge, known as the High Bridge, spanning the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minn., consists of three continuous tied steel arch main spans with steel multi-girder approach spans.   Originally constructed in 1987, the main spans consist of a 502-ft full arch (Span 4) and two half...
Wildcat Creek Bridge Cascade Mountains
Article April 01, 2019
The Cascade Mountain Range runs from Northern California into British Columbia, Canada, dividing the state of Washington in two.   Western Washington is home to the lush greenery and moody skies of Puget Sound, including the surging Seattle metropolitan area—mocha lattes and Microsoft; shipyards...
Nicole Nason
News April 01, 2019
By a vote of 95 to one, the U.S. Senate confirmed Nicole Nason to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on March 28.   Nominated by President Trump on Jan. 3 as the next FHWA administrator, Nason emphasized in her confirmation testimony that she plans to pay particular attention to...
road, bridge infrastructure funding proposal
News March 28, 2019
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is making a run as a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 race, today released a trillion-dollar proposal to help rebuild the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.   According to the details of the plan from her campaign, Klobuchar...
Mississippi DOT emergency bridge closures

Image: Mississippi DOT

News March 27, 2019
Under the authority of Gov. Phil Bryant’s April 2018 emergency bridge closure proclamation, the Mississippi DOT (MDOT) today was directed to begin immediately closing at least 34 local bridges.   “If these bridges remain open, it will not only present a safety hazard to the traveling public but...
The Bear Cut and West Bridges
Case Studies March 07, 2019
The Bear Cut Bridge and West Bridges is part of the Rickenbacker Causeway that connects Key Biscayne and Miami in Florida. The Rickenbacker Causeway is named after Eddie Rickenbacker, a WWI vet and founder of Eastern Air Lines. The original work on the bridges began in 1926, and in 1947 it was...
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