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Welcome to the Bridges Channel, a special feature that provides the user an in-depth look at the bridge industry. This section offers several areas to explore: product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list. The product spotlights contain information and photos of equipment relevant to the industry. The article library contains all stories related to bridges pulled from the rich archives of Roads & Bridges magazine.

Products January 26, 2015
LEAP Bridge Steel is a comprehensive 3-D steel bridge design and rating program that offers advanced physical 3-D bridge modeling, design, analysis and load rating of everyday steel bridges, following AASHTO LRFD standards. Bentley’s LEAP Bridge Steel provides an intuitive user interface and...
Case Studies January 23, 2015

The limestone-textured blocks matched the aesthetic look of the existing bridge pier, and fit in with the natural look of the environment.

In 2013, the town of North Haven, Maine, began construction on a very unique bridge project. The goal was to rebuild a deteriorating bridge that provided access to four seasonal homes and was an important wharf for the local lobster industry.   The town faced several challenges with this project...
News January 21, 2015
When the old Hopple Street Bridge collapsed late Monday night, many said it would take days to reopen I-75 in Cincinnati. Wednesday morning, traffic was moving through the corridor and all of the debris from the accident was cleared from the scene.   The Cincinnati Police Department and the Ohio...
News January 20, 2015
The Hopple Street Bridge over I-75 in Cincinnati has collapsed, killing one.   On Tuesday morning, officials were on the scene trying to determine exactly what went wrong during the demolition process of the northbound off-ramp, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened up an...
News January 06, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) participated in the ceremonial launch of the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge spanning the Piscataqua River between Maine and New Hampshire. The project, estimated to cost $170 million, relies on $25 million from the U.S. DOT’s Transportation Investment...
Products December 29, 2014
Download our 2015 Calendar of Events from our website or email ihoward@usbridge for single or multiple hard copies. Aside from featuring a variety of U.S. Bridge installation photos including different styles and finishes, the 2015 Calendar of Events contains not only a list of industry events but...
News December 23, 2014
Falling snow is difficult enough to deal with out on the road. In Ohio on I-280, motorists also have to watch for falling ice.   Since its opening, the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway over the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio, has been closed three times due to the frozen hazard, but the Ohio DOT believes...
Article December 08, 2014
Florida continues to invest in its transportation system to ensure that the infrastructure can meet the needs of residents, visitors and businesses.   While Floridians and the nearly 100 million tourists that visit our state each year actually experience this infrastructure, others throughout the...
Case Studies December 05, 2014

Deck removal totalled more than 22,000 linear ft of cut reinforced concrete.

PANAMAX-sized ships are one of the ways goods from across the world are transported to consumers in the U.S. It is very important these container ships arrive safely into our ports. Unfortunately, the Bayonne Bridge roadway in Staten Island, N.Y. was not high enough to allow these massive ships to...
Products November 26, 2014
U.S. Bridge’s robust website is an informational, intelligent and interactive bridge and associated services portal for engineers, contractors and owners/developers. The site is available in both English and Spanish.   According to Dan Rogovin, president of U.S. Bridge, “We have totally redesigned...
News November 26, 2014
Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, N.H. are about to become truly connected, following the announcement of a formal agreement between the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) and Cianbro Corporation (Pittsfield, Maine) to construct the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.   The precast segmental...
News November 21, 2014
In McCall, Idaho, the North Fork Payette River plays out into Payette Lake after miles upon miles of winding rapids and craggy passes. Above this outlet, the New Lardo Bridge, running off Idaho 55, which replaces the 83-year-old Lardo Bridge on the southwest shore of Payette Lake, is set to makes...
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...
Article November 13, 2014
With more than 12,800 bridges comprising 100 million sq ft of deck area, Louisiana has a very unique and complex bridge system.   Our current inventory contains approximately 10% structurally deficient and 14% functionally obsolete bridges, many of which are off the state system. We rank first in...
Article November 13, 2014
When putting together a complicated 3-D puzzle, you really cannot build around a missing piece.   As FIGG and PCL Civil Constructors were attempting to mold together the first pier table of the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge in Vermont in late October, extreme measures were being taken to make sure...
Article November 13, 2014
Postal delivery workers aren’t the only ones who work year-round in all conditions.   The crews of Kiewit Infrastructure West working on the Northern Rail Extension Phase 1A to build a 3,300-ft-long bridge over the Tanana River in Salcha, Alaska, worked nonstop to complete the project by the...
Article November 13, 2014
When it came time to replace the Henry G. Gilmerton Bridge in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia in 2009, the project team had very strict parameters to work within. The span is one of five critical crossing points for the Elizabeth River in the region, resulting in major vehicle and boat traffic...
Article November 13, 2014
The North Torrey Pines Road Bridge, built in 1933, was classified as structurally and seismically deficient in 1990, receiving a sufficiency rating of only 19 out of 100. To extend the bridge and bring it up to current seismic standards, the design, engineering and construction teams had to contend...
Article November 13, 2014
Downtown Louisville is home to an intersection of three interstate systems, I-65, I-64 and I-71, and three corresponding bridges taxed to capacity. With a congested downtown area leading to frequent traffic delays and collisions, the city of Louisville knew that a new solution was necessary for...
Article November 13, 2014
Brian Mazzeo (left) and W. Spencer Guthrie have been working with noninvasive substances for bridge inspection methodology. Here they demonstrate the water droplet method for acoustic impact-echo data retrieval. The impact sounds are being picked up by the suspended microphone. A droplet of water can be seen in motion above Guthrie’s head.
Two professors at Brigham Young University have been pushing the burgeoning field of acoustic impact-echo testing for bridge damage inspections in interestingly “liquid” directions.   Bridge decay is not always, or even often, apparent to the naked eye. By the time a pothole appears, significant...
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