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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,...
News June 18, 2015
Eleven U.S. Senators introduced the BRIDGE Act, which stands for Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment.   If passed, the bill would help states improve road and bridge conditions. The new legislation would set up a central infrastructure bank for states...
News June 15, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) began collecting new data from state DOTs to monitor U.S. bridge conditions more closely. State DOTs started providing more detailed information to the National Bridge Inspection Program (NBIP) in April.   Traditionally, bridge inspectors have given one...
News June 09, 2015
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is not losing sight of its major reconstruction of nearly seven miles of I-94 in downtown Detroit, known as the Edsel Ford Freeway project.   The project is expected to take 20 years and cost $2.9 billion to complete. According to MDOT, that stretch...
Case Studies May 19, 2015
Getting a crane in position to help do repairs on a major highway requires a lot of planning and the right machine capacity and configuration to get the job done—all in a tight space and on a tight timeline. When it happened near Toronto, ALL Canada Crane Rental was ready to help.   On Thursday,...
Article May 07, 2015
Two thousand is a nice number, which is why it is losing badly in its fight with 61,000.   Nice does not come with a whole lot of muscle. Consequently, the quest to make significance progress on the nation’s structurally deficient bridge list continues to be a struggle.   According to the latest...
News May 06, 2015
Construction work on the I-84 Twin Bridges replacement project near Declo, Idaho, has started with demolition of the westbound bridge.   The $17.88 million project will replace the two 1,100-ft bridges crossing the Snake River in Idaho. The bridges were built in 1960 as part of the interstate’s...
News April 30, 2015
Another 200 New Jersey bridges will become structurally deficient in the next five years, bringing the state’s tally up to 500. Gains made by the New Jersey Transportation Department may soon become a distant memory as its maintenance backlog climbs.   The bridges will be added to a list of 290...
News April 27, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will begin collecting new data that will help the agency more closely monitor bridge conditions throughout the nation. Beginning this month, state departments of transportation will provide the new data...
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....
Case Studies April 10, 2015

Pulleys placed in position with the saw on top.

Precision Cutting & Coring of Kansas City, Kan., was contracted for a bridge overhaul project in May 2014 that required strict timing and precision. The overall project involved demolishing the top part of an old rail bridge then reconstructing it. Precision’s scope of work was to saw and...
News April 07, 2015
If Michigan officials cannot get their hands on a funding solution soon, all they will be able to do is cross their fingers for the next two years.   The I-75 bridge over the Rouge River, which carries 115,000 cars daily and is a major route going in and out of Detroit, has been placed on the...
Article April 06, 2015

The Ithaca, N.Y., bridge is registered in the National Register of Historic Places; its original truss steel dates from the Model T era and had a 15-ton load restriction.

In the late 19th/early 20th century, there was a boom in truss bridge construction—one of the oldest types of today’s modern bridges.   However, as vehicles got bigger, loads got heavier and traffic increased over the years, many of the truss bridges from that era became structurally deficient and...
News April 06, 2015
Like many states, Louisiana is facing a transportation-funding crisis. However, not every state has a bridge problem accelerating quite like this.   According to a recent report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), Louisiana is one of 10 states with more structurally deficient...
News April 03, 2015
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has announced a proposed $4.9 billion capital program for the fiscal year 2016 that directs $2.8 billion toward NJDOT and other agency investments and $2.1 billion toward statewide transit improvements.   “This proposed program will enable NJDOT...
News April 01, 2015
An analysis of the 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database found that there are more than 2,000 fewer structurally deficient bridges than there were in 2013. The good news stops there. There are still more than 61,000 structurally deficient bridges in...
News March 26, 2015
A bridge carrying traffic over I-35 in central Texas has collapsed after a semi-truck hit a beam. The beam fell on passing vehicles, and Fox 4 News out of Austin is reporting one fatality.   Traffic in both directions on I-35 in Salado, Texas, was at a standstill. The Texas Department of...
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