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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. 

Tappan Zee Bridge

The old Tappan Zee situated behind the new Cuomo Bridge during its construction.

News January 17, 2019
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...
NCDOT transportation plans

Image: NCDOT

News 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...
N.C.’s Bonner Bridge project enters final phase

Photo: NCDOT Flickr

News January 10, 2019
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...
highway, transit projects, federal government shutdown
News 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...
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Article January 07, 2019
In the late 1980s, the author introduced the concept of repair and strengthening of structures using fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) products. The original concept uses a technique referred to as wet layup. Fabrics of carbon or glass typically 12 to 48 in. wide are saturated with an epoxy resin in...
Phoenix Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway

Image: Arizona DOT

News January 04, 2019
Nearly two years after major construction began on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, construction on the state’s largest single highway project is entering the new year with nearly two-thirds of the work complete.   Progress is evident throughout the 22-mile corridor as crews put down asphalt...
Florida DOT builds new box culvert from within
Case Studies January 04, 2019
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) knew that the big box culvert running under State Road 64 in downtown Bradenton, Fla., either had to be replaced or rehabilitated—the question was how.    “We’re not even sure how old this culvert is, but judging by the square, twisted rebar, it...
Oakley Clark Collins Bridge
Article January 02, 2019
The original light-blue cantilever truss structure connecting the towns of Ironton, Ohio, and Russell, Ky., opened in 1922 as one of the earliest highway bridges crossing the Ohio River.   In 1999, the Ironton-Russell bridge was identified for replacement by the Ohio Department of Transportation (...
Hunter Station Bridge
Article January 02, 2019
The Hunter Station Bridge, a $24 million, four-span replacement structure carrying Rte. 62 over the Allegheny River, recently opened in Tionesta Township, Pa.   The 1,124-ft-long bridge was designed with numerous innovations and sustainability measures to enhance safety and provide environmental...
Illinois-Iowa I-74 bridge will feature eight-story pedestrian elevator

Image: I-74 Bridge Twitter feed

News December 31, 2018
Work has been progressing since Roads & Bridges’ visit to the I-74 Bridge project in the Quad Cities early this year, and now it looks as though one unique aspect of the project is beginning to come together.   This past week, just after the holidays, the bridge’s Twitter account posted a photo...
Kennedy Mill Bridge Kentucky

Image: Walsh Construction 

News December 28, 2018
Work on the new Kennedy Mill Bridge in Kentucky has completed 11 months ahead of schedule.   The new bridge connects Mercer and Garrard counties across Herrington Lake. Originally scheduled for completion in November 2019, the Kennedy Mill Bridge replaced a 94-year-old, triple-span truss bridge...
Connecticut DOT making progress on Walk Bridge replacement
News December 24, 2018
Few are the bridges in the U.S. that have been around as long as the Norwalk, Conn., Walk Bridge. The 122-year-old structure has been a stalwart corridor, carrying rail traffic on Metro-North’s New Haven Line as well as Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor that serves passengers traveling...
New Jersey CentriPipe Pipe Repair Rehabilitation COMP
Case Studies December 21, 2018
*/ The intersection of Routes 9 and 440 with the Garden State Parkway, one of New Jersey’s busiest and most vital cloverleaf complexes, developed sinkholes following Hurricane Irene in 2011. More than 500 ft of 60-year-old pipe were failing, with joints that were falling apart and some inverts...
Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition

Image: WSDOT

News December 17, 2018
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recently announced its plans for the demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, which is scheduled to begin in February 2019.   The work to demolish the structure will take approximately six months to complete as crews move along the...
Colonial Road Bridge
Article December 17, 2018
In 2014, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) initiated the full replacement of a 115-year-old bridge in the village of Thomaston, N.Y. Thomaston, located in Nassau County, Long Island, is a mere 0.4 sq miles. The town is separated in two by a single-line railroad track which opened in 1898, and has...
traffic backups Missouri
News December 14, 2018
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) director Patrick McKenna recently warned about future massive traffic backups on I-70 in the central part of the state, after voters rejected a 10-cent gas increase on the November 2018 ballot.   According to Missourinet, McKenna said in a press...
construction work bridges
News December 12, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is preparing this week to install the largest precast bridge beams ever in the state of Utah.   The massive concrete beams will impact traffic this week as they are placed along the I-15 technology corridor in Lehi.   Forterra Structural Precast created...
Highway construction and engineering contracts
News December 10, 2018
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors approved one construction contract and eight professional engineering services contracts totaling more than $82.2 million at its November meeting.    This included $61 million for construction management contracts as part of the Illinois Tollway’s $4 billion...
Rescuing Crumbling Culverts
Case Studies December 07, 2018
*/ During a routine annual inspection in 2013, Grottoes, Va.—a town of 2,600 noted for its proximity to Grand Caverns, America’s oldest show cave—discovered severe corrosion in portions of its storm water system.   A large set of elliptical CMP culverts did not pass inspection—they were in poor...
State of the Industry Survey
Article December 03, 2018
Rising steel prices are indeed on the minds of road and bridge contractors, but they are not smothering craniums giving them endless noogies like a nasty big brother. Playing that role would be the never-ending skilled labor crisis, which is now starting to ignore the screams of the builder.   Of...
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