Bridge Construction

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News December 02, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has identified $9 billion worth of unfunded priority project, including the widening of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock, but is faced with a $1.41 billion budget for 2017, a budget which is at present over-burdened with maintenance requests.  ...
News November 29, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill his cabinet, and he picked one that has had a long shelf life as his next Transportation Secretary.   Elaine Chao was named to that position late Tuesday, Nov. 29. Chao served as Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush from 2001-2009, and also was...

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News November 28, 2016
Amidst a tight budget environment, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) engineers stretched resources to perform a needed replacement of an old bridge in the small, eastern town of Mud Lake. The project review also will reduce traffic impact during the four-month-long project starting next fall...
News November 22, 2016
A crew in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, leveraged creation of a sliding girder installer to complete repairs to the 56-year-old I-90 Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge in just three weeks this spring, saving about $161,000 and shaving three months off the closure.   The work was recognized with a department...
News November 22, 2016
A Maryland board voted Monday to build a new, $765 million Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge over the Potomac River connecting Maryland and Virginia.   Under the plan approved by the Maryland Transportation Authority Board, construction is to begin in fiscal year 2020. The current bridge, which carries...
Case Studies November 17, 2016
The old wooden bridges on both Ezell Road and Overhead Bridge Road in Spartanburg County, S.C., were in need of replacement. The load ratings on both bridges had been decreased due to their deficient SD ratings. These single-lane structures had served the citizens of Chesnee in Spartanburg County...
News November 17, 2016
In effort to more evenly distribute revenue derived by the state’s gas tax, Utah lawmakers have changed a complicated tax distribution formula in hopes of making dissemination more fair across the state.   Gov. Gary Herbert called a special session of the legislature to address this issue after the...

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News November 15, 2016
A new bridge that will carry traffic from State Route 99 into Seattle is designed to survive earthquakes and seismic shocks.   The bridge will take traffic from northbound State Route 99 off and into the city. As drivers cross it, they will not see any significant difference between this bridge and...
News November 14, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses the president-elect's plans for road and bridge infrastructure.
News November 11, 2016
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority on Thursday released a Request for Proposals for construction of a new six-lane bridge across the Detroit River.   Canada plans to cover the cost of building the $2.1 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge, plus a $250 million customs plaza on the U.S. side....
Article November 04, 2016
As it stretches across a bay in the northwestern region of the Sunshine State, the completion of the Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge faced considerable obstacles due to restrictions caused by the sensitive marine environment inhabited by endangered species.   The team at Skanska USA had a limited...
Article November 04, 2016
Extremes of climate tend to make for pretty good drama—in the movies, in books and also in the world of bridge construction.   The $100-million Colville River Nigliq Channel Bridge serves as a crucial artery on Alaska’s Nigliq Channel, spanning frozen tundra in a landscape that, in deepest winter,...
Article November 04, 2016
The island of O’ahu is home to Hawaii’s state capital of Honolulu as well as sites such as the Punchbowl, Pearl Harbor, and the popular beach communities at Waikiki and Kailua. It also has a largely mountainous topography, rife with pineapple plantations, and those areas that are comparatively flat...
Article November 04, 2016
Nothing about the New NY Bridge project is an abbreviation, but there should be at least one.   They call the skyscraper-on-water mega crane on the job I Lift NY, with the NY standing for the New NY Bridge. However, this heavy equipment Hercules probably could come close to lifting the entire state...
Article November 04, 2016
If there was a working template in place, it wasn’t for very long. The Kentucky Lake Bridge project was saturated in highly complex challenges, and perhaps the highest-ranked one involved setting 330,000-lb piles in place. The process involved a template that was floated into place and used to...
Article November 04, 2016
Nearly 60,000 bridges across the U.S. are in desperate need of repair, and the bridges in our nation’s metropolitan areas, which are an indispensable link for both millions of commuters and freight on a daily basis, are decaying more rapidly than our rural bridges.   As our transportation...
News November 04, 2016
Georgia transportation officials broke ground Thursday on an $800 million project hailed as the “center puzzle piece” of a broader overhaul of I-285 and Georgia 400.   During the next four years, construction crews will add new flyover ramps and collector-distributor lanes to improve east-west...

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News October 24, 2016
Top transportation and elected officials from Minnesota and Wisconsin celebrated the completion of a new Mississippi River crossing Friday.   With all lanes and ramps open to traffic, the two newly completed spans are carrying some 28,000 cars a day between the two states on Interstate 90,...

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News October 21, 2016
The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization is recommending an expansion for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) in Virginia.   The plan, which would expand the HRBT from a four-lane highway to a six-lane highway, was one of four possible plans to ease congestion between the Peninsula...
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