March 20, 2019
A $10.3 million project in Devon, U.K., necessitated the reconstruction of a half-mile single-lane road designed to reduce congestion and support economic development in the area. The approved route required a significant amount of material (nearly 131,000 cu yd) on adjacent slopes to be excavated...
March 19, 2019
Highway construction is always a significant undertaking, but some projects come with more backstory than others. Take the West Waukesha Bypass in Waukesha, Wis., which has been in discussion since at least the 1970s. Designed to provide a link around the city by connecting I-94 and S.R. 59, the...
March 18, 2019
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rated the Hudson River rail tunnel project between New York and New Jersey with a medium-low grade in its most recently released ratings for infrastructure projects around the country.
According to the Associated Press, this is the same rating the agency...
March 14, 2019
The Illinois DOT (IDOT) must find a safe route for trucks traveling in the state of Illinois and issue an oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permit for trucks carrying large loads. With slow, manual permitting processes, IDOT sought to update and automate its permitting system. IDOT implemented the...
March 12, 2019
Researchers in the state of Michigan are planning to install up to 2,000 infrastructure sensors on the Mackinac Bridge in order to explore the logistics of a large-scale deployment and provide useful monitoring data to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA).
According to a press release from the...
March 07, 2019
The Bear Cut Bridge and West Bridges is part of the Rickenbacker Causeway that connects Key Biscayne and Miami in Florida. The Rickenbacker Causeway is named after Eddie Rickenbacker, a WWI vet and founder of Eastern Air Lines. The original work on the bridges began in 1926, and in 1947 it was...
March 07, 2019
The Washington State Senate Transportation Committee recently passed a $15 billion transportation package that includes $450 million to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.
The project has been a priority for lawmakers in Clark County, who have been working to collaborate with the...
March 05, 2019
Nearly a year after the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge collapsed, Magnum Construction Management (MCM), the Miami-based contractor hired to install the bridge, has filed for bankruptcy.
MCM, formerly known as Munilla Construction Management, submitted its Chapter 11...
March 01, 2019
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In a fully loaded Infrastructure Insider, we go over the recent bridge troubles in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Associate Editor Tim Bruns talked with the Chicago DOT after bridge cracking was discovered on Lake Shore Drive (5:45). The I-80 bridge in Joliet also is in trouble. We talked to...
February 25, 2019
The city of Troy, Mich., is located among Metropolitan Detroit’s northern suburbs in Oakland County. It currently maintains a network of more than 350 miles of local, major and county roads under the jurisdiction of its public works department.
The city has a regular inspection program for its...
February 13, 2019
Cranes and bulldozers rule different realms: one, the air and the other, land. So it is not every day they collaborate on setting a bridge, but they did just that for a temporary cantilever bridge in Aurora, N.C., in January. The 125-ft span is needed to maintain traffic flow on Rte. 33 over...
February 12, 2019
Transportation officials in the city of Chicago have shut down the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive at the bridge over the Chicago River due to what is being referred to as a structural emergency.
Crews first spotted cracks in the support beams of the structure around 10 a.m. Monday beneath...
January 28, 2019
Image: Chamber of Southwest Louisiana
The Chamber of Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) recently released recommendations for their I-10 Bridge Task Force for the Calcasieu River Bridge.
These recommendations, which were approved by the Chamber board on Tuesday, provide the state with a well-researched, detailed action plan to tackle the...
January 28, 2019
Image: Nevada DOT
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) recently broke ground on the $73 million next phase of the Centennial Bowl interchange in northwest Las Vegas.
The interchange is where U.S. Highway 95 meets the 215 Beltway. Las Vegas Paving is the general contractor for the project, with a...
January 23, 2019
Image: Modjeski and Masters
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) recently awarded a contract to Modjeski and Masters for the rehabilitation of two vertical-lift bridges over the Erie Canal.
As the prime consultant on this contract, Modjeski and Masters will provide a full inspection of all structural,...
January 23, 2019
The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) announced this week during a World of Concrete press conference in Las Vegas its current and future initiatives to help augment durability of post-tensioned concrete bridges and other structures.
In response to feedback from the industry, PTI is currently...
January 17, 2019
The old Tappan Zee situated behind the new Cuomo Bridge during its construction.
The old Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown, N.Y., was finally demolished on late Tuesday morning with a controlled collapse into the Hudson River.
The rescheduled demolition was smoothly executed, as explosive charges safely detonated at the support columns on the bridge's east anchor span. The...
January 15, 2019
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has included more than 1,600 transportation projects in the state's draft 2020-2029 transportation plan, which was released last week.
The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is NCDOT's proposed funding and construction schedule...
January 10, 2019
Photo: NCDOT Flickr
The Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, which carries N.C. 12 over Oregon Inlet between Hatteras and Bodie islands, is well past its design life and is being replaced with a new bridge that will better withstand its coastal environment. Work began in March 2006, and now it looks like the project is segueing...
January 09, 2019
Transportation construction work across the nation has been put on hold by the federal government shutdown, with state transportation officials withholding approvals for 2019 projects until federal funding is guaranteed, according to a report from The Washington Post.
The amount of federal...