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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.

Videos July 22, 2014
Modjeski and Masters kept rail, marine and highway traffic moving in a busy Virginia shipping corridor by designing a 5 million pound lift span that was built offsite and floated it into position on a giant barge. This short video offers fascinating behind the scenes insight from designer, owner,...
News July 18, 2014
The collapse of an interstate highway bridge that was struck by a truck carrying an oversize load was ultimately caused by a series of deficiencies in a system intended to safeguard the passage of oversized loads over Washington state's roadways, the National Transportation Safety Board determined...
News July 09, 2014
The work to construct new underground foundations for the damaged portion of the I-495 bridge is nearing completion and the construction of the jacking towers that will be used to temporarily repair the I-495 bridge has begun. Building the jacking towers at this point in the project means the work...
Article July 08, 2014
Some people believe that a replacement can never substitute properly for an original. History teaches us otherwise.   For when it comes to the replacement for the Gerald Desmond Bridge, nothing could be further from the truth. Though the new bridge will be a replacement, technically, it provides...
Article July 08, 2014
As the nation grapples with the challenge of maintaining its aging transportation infrastructure, states have sought innovative ways to monitor and manage their bridge inventories. In Minnesota, where the tragic collapse of the I-35W bridge is still a fresh memory nearly seven years later, bridge...
News July 02, 2014
Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur on July 2 joined state officials and military veterans to salute Medal of Honor winner and Vietnam veteran Allen J. Lynch by formally naming a bridge over the Tri-State Tollway (I-94) in his honor.   During a ceremony just ahead of the Fourth of...
News July 01, 2014
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is looking for a private firm to finance, build and maintain a new $500 million toll bridge across the Tennessee River in Decatur, Ala. If the bridge brings in enough revenue, the agency may consider adding doing more public-private toll projects...
News July 01, 2014
The Golden Gate Bridge will no longer be a suicide attraction. The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District unanimously passed a $76 million plan to install steel-cable nets 20 ft below the east and west edges of the bridge to prevent people from taking fatal plunges into the San...
News June 27, 2014
What will be the world’s longest floating bridge is getting a new feature. Contractor crews for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will begin installing a massive, hinged transition span today and will have it fully in place tomorrow.   Five girders make up the span, each of...
News June 24, 2014
The Illinois Tollway will begin work on the $95 million Fox River Bridge project on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Elgin this week. The project begins with closure of the bicycle and pedestrian bridge under the Fox River Bridge and mobilization of equipment this week to begin preparing...
Article June 24, 2014
Increasingly, mobile devices such as tablets are used in the field to assist with gathering data, completing surveys and inspections, recording observations and quality-control efforts.   Mobile technology and software advances in GPS data, GIS, digital photography and wireless networks (as well as...
News June 23, 2014

When SCDOT personnel arrived at the scene, they determined that the Cypress Gardens Road Bridge was damaged beyond repair.

Rumor has it a pickup driver was lucky—or unlucky, depending on your viewpoint—and made a brave jump across the gap that appeared just in front of his truck on the evening of Monday, April 28, as he was driving through Monck’s Corner, S.C.   Below the gap in the Cypress Gardens Road Bridge, a...
Products June 23, 2014
A 220-ft-by-10-ft Liberty panel bridge was recently used as a platform during the rehabilitation of a historic truss bridge in Ohio. The Liberty bridge, equipped with rollers on the overhead chord, was placed inside the existing historic truss and then elevated to the underside of the portals....
News June 09, 2014
Beginning Monday, June 16, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will close three upper-level lanes on the George Washington Bridge for 12 weeks during overnight hours, as construction workers resume work on the upper-level deck rehabilitation project, which began last summer. The lanes...
News June 06, 2014
Delaware’s transportation secretary, Shailen Bhatt, has ordered all major bridges in the state to be inspected, according to the Associated Press, to see if any of them might have a problem similar to the one found last week on the I-495 bridge over the Christina River northeast of Wilmington.  ...
News June 06, 2014

DelDOT hopes to have the I-495 bridge open to traffic as soon as possible.

Following 60 hours of continuous monitoring of the I-495 bridge that was closed Monday due to a shift in four support piers, DelDOT announced on June 5 that no additional, significant movement of the structure had been detected.     The department’s goal is to open the road as quickly and safely as...
News June 03, 2014
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has announced an immediate closure of Bridge 1-813 over the Christina River on I-495. DelDOT closed the bridge because an inspection showed four of the 37 support columns are tilted as much as 4% out of vertical alignment. The bridge closed as of...
Products May 27, 2014
The U.S. Bridge Cambridge Flat, like all U.S. Bridge products, is ideal for all bridges over rail, water and roadway applications due to its shallow profile. The benefit of a shallow profile is that by raising the vertical clearance, the overall depth of the structure is reduced. This benefit is...
Products May 27, 2014
Mabey Mat 75/125 towers and hydraulic jacking systems support a wide range of medium to heavy loads for temporary support and propping. (Watch jacking of Mabey Mat 75/125.) It's an adaptable system to support temporary bridge piers, access platforms, bridge support projects and heavy-duty falsework...
News May 23, 2014
The replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, Calif., has received a $325 million loan from the U.S. DOT. A critical connector for the port of Long Beach commerce and trade, the bridge is highly congested and in dire structural condition. The loan is part of the Transportation...