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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.

Article May 05, 2015
The Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Ore., is the community’s only crossing over the Willamette River for many miles in each direction. Thousands of motorists use the structure each day to travel between the city’s densely packed Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhoods, making it the state’s busiest...
Article May 05, 2015
The Floating Bridge over Sunset Lake in Brookfield, Vt., has been a landmark for local residents for nearly two centuries—longer than state transportation agencies have existed and even before the invention of cars.   During winter months, residents near the lake would travel back and forth across...
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....
News April 15, 2015
Alabama state officials are moving forward with a study to determine the feasibility of a toll system for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge.   The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has teamed up with Illinois-bases CDM Smith Inc. to examine different tolling...
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...
News April 07, 2015
According to data from the New York State Department of Transportation, 164 vehicles struck bridges last year in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island. More than 250 trucks driving in New York City either illegally entered parkways or hit overpasses during 2013 and 2014.   The state of...
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...
Case Studies April 03, 2015

CENTRA chose a Redi-Rock reinforced retaining wall to upgrade its bus depot facilities and create more space for parking.

THE CHALLENGE: Along U.S. Route 50 in Clarksburg, W.Va., stood a decaying, unusable bus depot. This depot was located adjacent to a bridge, with access into the depot coming directly off the bridge.   In 2014, the Central West Virginia Transit Authority (CENTRA) needed to upgrade its bus depot...
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...
Case Studies March 23, 2015
Most transportation agencies now use construction cameras to capture project views, keeping their teams and the public up-to-date in real time. As webcams evolve, each new version introduces higher-quality, more versatile tools. Project teams are realizing the benefits of using panoramic...
News March 16, 2015
In last week's annual update given by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to highway commissioners, MoDOT reported nearly 600 state bridges that are in serious or poor condition.   However, state transportation officials said that bridges classified as being in poor condition are...
News March 04, 2015
Some does not address the sum.   The state of Maine has more than 770 bridges that are more than 70 years old and need to be either repaired or replaced. About $70 million a year is spent on this crusade, but according to a new report at least $140 is needed.   Despite the shortfall, Maine DOT...
Article March 02, 2015

Both eastbound and westbound relief bridges to the White River were completely replaced from the footings on up.

Ask the common man to describe a cavern and you’d likely be regaled with the stuff of discovery tucked into a picturesque mountainous landscape.   But ask a construction contractor astride Prairie County, Ark.’s I-40 in early 2014 for the same, and you would get a very different story.   “Many of...
Case Studies February 12, 2015

The Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge replacement project

The Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge spans the New River Gorge National River on Rte. 41 in the town of Prince, W. Va. The bridge is a two-lane, three-span, through-truss style that carries traffic white-knuckle high over the whitewater New River. One of the oldest rivers in North America and...
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