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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. 

News September 23, 2016
Nebraska is slated to invest nearly $300 million for eight long-delayed highway projects and will begin design work on 12 others with the goal of finishing them all by 2033.   Gov. Pete Ricketts unveiled the project list Thursday at the Capitol. The projects will receive funding through a $450...
News September 22, 2016
The team at Roads & Bridges invites all our readership to participate in our annual State of the Industry survey. We want to hear about how you think the 2016 construction season has been, what's happening in your region and what you expect 2017 to be like for your company.    Please take a few...
Case Studies September 21, 2016
For several years, the busy intersection of Lafranier Road and South Airport Road in Traverse City, Mich., near the Cherry Capital Airport was also one of the most dangerous. The steep, 12% grade at the end of Lafranier Road made it difficult for drivers to stop as they approached the South Airport...
News September 20, 2016
A new $4.3 million bridge using modern-day composite material is open to traffic in Thomaston, Maine.   The new Wadsworth Street bridge spanning the St. George River will have a formal opening ceremony on Oct. 5.   The 300-ft long, 36-ft wide bridge replaces a span that has been in place since 1928...
News September 19, 2016
Work will soon begin on rehabilitating a historic bridge crossing the Mississippi River in Winona, Minn.   The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has approved the second-to-last work package for the bridge for $38.9 million.   Ames Construction was awarded the contract. MnDOT said the...

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News September 15, 2016
Skanska USA has signed a $398.5 million contract with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to rebuild the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, Fla.   The 3.7-mile long project will replace the existing four-lane bridge—built in the 1960s—with two new, three-lane...
News September 13, 2016
Construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge remains on budget and on schedule after three years, according to the New York State Thruway Authority’s chief engineer for the $3.9 billion project.   Jamey Barbas, the engineer, said 15 more of the 192 cable stays that will support the decks of the twin...
News September 08, 2016
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced on Sept. 7 that almost $800 million in inaugural FASTLANE federal grants has been awarded to 18 transportation infrastructure projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia.   Foxx said the grants will be combined with other funding from...
Case Studies September 07, 2016
Last August, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) released its long-range plan to address transportation needs in rural Utah over the next 25 years. The plan focused primarily on rural areas of the state and identified projects presumed to strengthen the state’s economy and enhance the...
News September 07, 2016
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is planning for a rapid bridge replacement of the East Shore Expressway Bridge in East Providence in just 80 hours beginning Friday, September 9.   According to the agency, conventional replacement would take a year and cause prolonged traffic...

“The Point” on I-15 is the only major corridor into and out of the Salt Lake Valley. 

Article September 06, 2016
The American Southwest is synonymous with a rough-and-tumble variation of national purity and industry. From homesteading and large-scale ranch developments to the popularized advent of the serial western, the Southwest has been a captivating portion of the national landscape since the days of its...

Construction of the massive 1,260-ft cross-river arch.

Article September 06, 2016
The Almonte River Viaduct is located on the high-speed rail line running from Madrid to Extremadura in southwestern Spain.   At some future time, this railway will be extended to provide high-speed transport between Spain and Portugal, and more specifically between Madrid and Lisbon. The stretch of...
Article September 06, 2016
Drones have been heralded as the next big thing in bridge inspection.   However, until recently, little has been done to prove the effectiveness, safety and cost savings of the technology. Building this bank of proof is vital for businesses and government organizations looking to move bridge...

Exterior image of completed pedestrian bridge. Photo courtesy of Harrison Photographic.

Article September 06, 2016
The new 390-ft-long international border crossing between San Diego, Calif., and Tijuana, Mexico, may appear to be a simple through-truss structure, but like many signature structures of its kind, the clean lines and aesthetic appeal surround a much more complex engineering undertaking.   The Cross...
News September 06, 2016
A Michigan State University (MSU) engineering professor plans to install sensors on the Mackinac Bridge to monitor stress on the aging structure.   Professor Nizar Lajnef told the Lansing State Journal the stress sensors that will be placed on the bridge later this month are a test of a project he’...
News August 30, 2016
A large crane lifted the last steel section of the East End Crossing Bridge into place Monday morning to connect its two sides, signaling a significant step in the completion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.   The milestone means that work on the superstructure is heading into its final phase....
News August 29, 2016
The funding necessary to provide Minnesota with an economically competitive state highway and bridge system over the next 20 years has increased significantly, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) planning projections.   MnDOT planners working on the Minnesota State Highway...
News August 26, 2016
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) unveiled replacement work at two Dodge County bridges on Thursday to showcase a new bridge construction technique, which simplifies the process and reduces project time while potentially increasing quality.   The bridges spanning Shaw Brook and...
News August 24, 2016
Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb (R-Ind.) joined state transportation officials to announce that 102 Central Indiana cities, towns, and counties are receiving a combined $47 million to improve local roads and bridges through the State’s Community Crossings matching grant fund.   The Town of Avon is...
News August 24, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing whether it should move ahead with new performance standards that would require transportation projects to track, measure and reduce carbon pollution.   In tens of thousands of public comments delivered last week, environmental groups, business...
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