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Rural roads top states poor condition

All images courtesy of TRIP

News May 24, 2019
America’s rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to support economic growth in the nation’s heartland, according to a new report recently released by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit.   The report, Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in...
RB April 2018 FIU Bridge collapse coverage
News May 23, 2019
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) recently announced its 2019 National Awards of Excellence winners, which included Roads & Bridges earning a Gold National Azbee Award in the Print category for its coverage of the Florida International University (FIU) bridge collapse...
Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois

Gov. Pritzker speaks at the Illinois Capitol in May 2019. Image: Gov. JB Pritzker via Twitter.

News May 22, 2019
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently introduced a sweeping plan to address a variety of infrastructure needs throughout the state, including raising the motor fuel tax and investing over $28 billion in combined local, state, and federal funding for transportation projects.   Dubbed Rebuild Illinois,...
ALL Crane Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1
Case Studies May 15, 2019
As any craftsman will tell you, having the right tool for the job makes all the difference. It is true for small tools weighing just a few ounces—and even for cranes, where bigger is not always better.   ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. of Cleveland, a member of the ALL Family of Companies,...
Congress House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee budget
News May 10, 2019
This week, leaders from the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting two committee-related priorities be included in any upcoming budget agreement.   The letter was...
I-4 Ultimate Improvement road construction project
News May 09, 2019
The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Orlando, Florida, is reportedly falling behind on its scheduled 2021 completion date by nearly nine months.   According to local reports, I-4 Mobility Partners, the project builder, recently told the Florida DOT (FDOT) in a progress report that the $2.3...
State of the Bridges

Illustration: Maximmmmum /

Article May 03, 2019
              Source: Roads & Bridges survey   Some illustrations in this section: made by Freepik from  
Figure 1 underlay concrete specimen

Figure 1. An underlay concrete specimen for the Double-L test showing a grooved interface.

Article May 03, 2019
A crucial component of concrete overlays is the bond that exists between the underlying slab and the overlay.   For the concrete overlay to perform as intended, the overlay and the deck slab on which it is placed should behave as a monolithic structure. Therefore, the durability of the entire...
Florida’s Pensacola Bay signature bridge
Article May 03, 2019
As part of a design-build team with Skanska, WSP USA designed the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, which carries traffic along Rte. 30 (U.S. 98) from the city of Pensacola to Gulf Breeze.   The bridge is a major east-west transportation corridor, a primary hurricane evacuation route and a popular roadway...
Big Mac Bridge cable inspections

Inspectors devised rope access techniques to successfully inspect the cables on the Big Mac Bridge, which required arduous climbing.

Article May 03, 2019
In September 2016, Michael Baker International performed a routine and hands-on fracture-critical inspection of the Daniel Carter Beard (Big Mac) Bridge, which carries I-471 and more than 100,000 vehicles each day between Newport, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio.   A full-length inspection of the bridge’...
Cline Avenue Bridge East Chicago, Indiana
Article May 03, 2019
The New Cline Avenue Bridge is an elevated expressway in Northwest Indiana that connects SH 912 to I-90, crossing over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal in East Chicago, Ind.   This connection on the eastern side of the Chicago metropolitan region accommodates significant interstate truck traffic...
New Champ Clark Bridge between Missouri and Illinois
Article May 03, 2019
For a fairly “straightforward” bridge project, the new Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana, Mo., is a first for project owners and already is delivering enormous community benefits ahead of its completion later this year.   The new bridge will replace the original narrow five-span truss bridge over the...
FIU bridge collapse March 2018
News May 03, 2019
The construction company that built the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge, which collapsed in March 2018 and killed six people while injuring another eight, has reached a deal with insurers to pay up to $42 million to the victims and their families, according to a Miami...
NACE workforce education
Case Studies May 02, 2019
NACE International, the Worldwide Corrosion Authority, is expanding its educational offerings with a series of online training courses to address the growing need for flexible education options.   The courses range from introductory—Basic Corrosion Online and Corrosion Prevention & Control (CPC...
I-15 Technology Corridor in Utah
News May 02, 2019
The Utah DOT (UDOT) recently said the I-15 Technology Corridor project in Silicon Slopes is on schedule for completion in late 2020.    UDOT crews began working on the project in April 2018. Now in its second year of construction, the tech corridor is the last remaining section of I-15 between Salt...
Pennsylvania Auditor General DePasquale

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (left) stands with PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards at a press conference to discuss the PennDOT audit. Image: Aud. Gen. DePasquale via Periscope.

News April 26, 2019
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week announced his new audit of the Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT) shows the agency could be further along in repairing rough highways and fixing 2,829 structurally deficient bridges with the billions of dollars it has been forced to pay to State...
road user fees; transportation funding
News April 24, 2019
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a tech-based policy group, believes the federal government should be taking advantage of GPS technology to establish a national road-user charge (RUC) system that would replace fuel taxes as a revenue stream for infrastructure.  ...
Illinois Tollway Mile Long Bridge

Image: courtesy of Illinois Tollway

News April 23, 2019
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors recently approved six new construction and professional engineering service contracts totaling nearly $228.7 million at its April meeting, including a $184.6 million contract to reconstruct the northbound Mile Long Bridge on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294)—the...
U.S. DOT grant funding opportunities
News April 22, 2019
The U.S. DOT has formally announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $900 million in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.   “These BUILD Transportation grants will provide...
Top Overall Dealer and Midwest Region Top Dealer: Logan Contractors Supply Inc. (Des Moines, Iowa)

Minnich's top overall dealer and Midwest Region top dealer Logan Contractors Supply Inc. of Des Moines, Iowa

News April 19, 2019
Minnich Manufacturing announces top dealers of 2018 Clockwise from top: Southern Region top dealer Live Oak Construction Supply Inc. in Norcross, Ga.; Western Region top dealer Hub Construction Specialties in San Bernardino, Calif.; and Northern Region top dealer Ace Cutting Equipment & Supply...
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