Bridges

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. 

News May 27, 2016
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration announced this week it would increase spending on road and bridge repairs by nearly $3 billion during the next six years, but the state’s transportation secretary said the state still won’t get ahead of deteriorating roads.   The Illinois Department...
News May 25, 2016
In an effort to bolster exposure of both large-scale and tighter, community-based road and bridge construction projects, the editors at Roads & Bridges are putting out a call for video submissions.   We invite construction professionals, DOT members and enthusiasts to submit videos showcasing...
News May 24, 2016
In 2011, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) spent more than $5 million to rebuild a bridge overpass near Newport to accommodate taller freight trains.   However, soon after the project was completed, the agency discovered that it hadn’t been built quite high enough.   The most...
News May 19, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration last month approved a proposal to build a new Champ Clark Bridge 50 ft south of the existing one in Louisiana, a town of 3,300 residents about 90 miles north of St. Louis, the Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig reported.   Meanwhile, the Missouri Department of...
News May 17, 2016
Mehdi "Saiid" Saiidi, Foundation Professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Engineering, is leading something of a revolution in the field of earthquake engineering for bridges.   For years, bridges in seismically active zones have been designed...
News May 11, 2016
Governor Pat McCrory (R–N.C.) applauded a major milestone in replacing the Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 crossing Oregon Inlet yesterday as the first piling was installed into Oregon Inlet that will form part of the foundation of the new bridge.   The bridge will have a total of 673 pilings, ranging in...
Case Studies May 10, 2016
A multifaceted approach to material handling helped a Pennsylvania bridge contractor overcome challenges associated with pulling decaying concrete slabs from a weight-restricted structure.   M.A. Beech Corp., based in Carnegie Borough, was tasked with demolishing the now-defunct Donora-Webster...
News May 10, 2016
Major renovations on the 85-year-old George Washington Bridge over the coming decade will keep the iconic span alive into the next century.   The 11 projects are part of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's nearly $2 billion "Restore the George" program that repair and rebuild key...
Article May 09, 2016
According to the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) more than 86,000 bridges in the U.S. have no foundation data on record.   It is evident that an unknown percentage of the bridges identified by the NBI with missing foundation data also could be vulnerable to scouring induced by water flow coupled...
Article May 09, 2016
Research and development efforts are actively taking place to make small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) necessary tools for transportation infrastructure inspections.   As these efforts continue to advance the transformation process from idea into reality, it is necessary to rely on fundamental...

The flare of the bridge columns is a design element unique to this region—and one that presented likewise unique challenges to workers.

Article May 09, 2016
Forbes Creek Bridge in Kirkland, Wash., is just 18 ft tall and 240 ft long.   It has no towers or suspension cables like those on the Golden Gate Bridge; no arch ring like those medieval English bridges that adorn calendars. It doesn’t even have a trestle like the railroad bridges of traditional...
Article May 09, 2016
The Florida Keys are renowned for colorful sunsets, world-class fishing and enduring landmarks such as the Southernmost Point in Key West.   Yet many of the islands making up the Keys are less well-known, enjoyed by a small group of residents and loyal tourists. It was on one of these more...
Article May 09, 2016
A 100-year-old fixture in its community, the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge carries Rte. 9 over Lake Quinsigamond between Shrewsbury and Worcester, Mass. The previous concrete arch structure carried four lanes of traffic—two eastbound and two westbound. Prior to that, the crossing was originally...

Building a bypass bridge off Highway 30 in Nebraska.

Article May 09, 2016
America’s Great Plains states are largely, if not exclusively, agricultural. They literally feed the nation.   In this way, their economic health is inextricably tied to that of the country as a whole; though not a center of financial industry or global technological advancement, the Great Plains...
Article May 09, 2016
The bridge industry likes to celebrate progress with fireworks. The most recent development is worth about a box of sparklers. The reaction is not quite as strong, but it is still nice to experience.   According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the number of...
A Michigan bridge that went from four months to just four days in construction time.

A Michigan bridge that went from four months to just four days in construction time.

Case Studies May 06, 2016
In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers conducted its latest comprehensive assessment of U.S. infrastructure systems. The results painted a grim picture, with the country earning a D+ grade. Along with the unsatisfactory score, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association...
News May 04, 2016
Nearly 20 bridges in South Dakota are in the process of being replaced or improved thanks to new funding passed by the state legislature. The South Dakota Transportation Commission approved $8 million for bridge improvement projects across the state.   The state’s Secretary of Transportation Darin...
News May 03, 2016
The new Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York is earning high marks for its low injury rate. Constructors officials from the site said Monday the total recordable incident rate for the nearly $4 billion project is 0.63 percent per 100 employees, more than five times lower than the 3.5 percent...
News April 26, 2016
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reconstructing a few state bridges by using precast foundation elements and by constructing the new bridge decks on large supports adjacent to the current bridges. When the new bridge decks are finished this fall,  the first structure (East...
News April 18, 2016
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has issued its notice to proceed to North Perimeter Contractors to begin work on the $800 million I-285/SR 400 Improvement Project in Atlanta.   According to GDOT, the corridor handles 420,000 vehicles. As of now the notice authorizes right of way...
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