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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.

News June 30, 2015
The Skyway concession company’s executives have informed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration their intent to sell all interest in running and collecting tolls from the 7.8-mile-long road on Chicago’s South Side, city officials announced this week. This news comes barely 10 years after the...
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
The Left Coast Lifter hoisted the first girder segment into place at the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York.   The piece -- 400 ft long, 1,100 tons and made of three prefabricated, curved steel girders -- was placed between two concrete piers, signaling the start of the next...
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...
Article June 05, 2015
The use of prefabricated structures as replacement alternatives for existing bridge structures continues to grow in popularity, not for least of which reasons the cost savings of these prefabricated alternatives to traditional bridge construction are well documented.   Moreover, there is a current...
Article June 05, 2015
As population density and traffic congestion, even in rural areas, continues to grow, speed and time have become primary, crucial elements of any construction project—notably bridgework, which often necessitates complicated, potentially untenable re-routing.     The Pennsylvania Department of...
News May 29, 2015
Transportation bill to build new Mississippi River Bridges doesn’t get past Louisiana House floor.   There will be no plan to build a new bridge over the Mississippi River for atleast another year.   After passing a House committee, the new bridge bill failed to pass the full House, with 18 votes...
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...
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....
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