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Bridge collapse
News March 19, 2018
Five days after the deadly bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) there are still a lot of unknowns, but this is what we know:   The number of confirmed dead is six, and 10 people were injured;   There have been conflicting reports as to what was being done on the bridge prior to...
Bridge collapse

The NTSB continues to investigate the FIU bridge collapse. NTSB photo

News March 17, 2018
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently released a fact sheet on the bridge collapse near Florida International University (FIU).   Among the bullet points is the following:   Under the terms of the procurement issued by FIU and due to the unique characteristics of the design of...
Bridge collapse

After a two-hour presentation on cracking that was discovered on the north end of the pedestrian bridge it was concluded that the span was safe. AP Photo

News March 17, 2018
The design-build team of MCM and FIGG Bridge Group met for two hours the morning of March 15, not long before the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University (FIU) collapsed on top of drivers waiting at a red light on Southwest Eighth Street in the city of Sweetwater, killing at least six...
Bridge collapse

A dashcam shows the collapse of FIU's pedestrian bridge on March 15.

News March 17, 2018
A video showing a driver's view of the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University March 15 was made available late Friday night. To view the video, click here.
Bridge collapse

Recovery efforts are still underway at the FIU bridge collapse site, but Florida DOT is claiming it received a voice mail about cracks in the span a day after the collapse. Associated Press photo

News March 16, 2018
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) stepped in on Friday with what could be a vital piece of information concerning the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge that collapsed on March 15 in the city of Sweetwater.   FDOT revealed the span’s designer, FIGG Bridge...
Bridge collapse

NTSB officials have still not been able to access the FIU bridge accident site. AP Photo

News March 16, 2018
As rescue workers continued recovery efforts at the site of the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in the city of Sweetwater on Friday, officials were waiting to get a chance to do their job.   At least six have been confirmed dead and more may be pulled from the rubble...
News March 16, 2018
FIGG Bridge Engineers, the designer of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University that collapsed on March 15, has issued the following statement:   “We are stunned by today’s tragic collapse of a pedestrian bridge that was under construction over Southwest Eighth Street in Miami. Our...
Bridge collapse

Crews work to rescue anyone who might be trapped under the FIU pedestrian bridge. Photo courtesy of @GabrielaRose12.

News March 15, 2018
More details are flowing in concerning the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in the city of Sweetwater.   Crews installed a 950-ton span in place on Saturday, and witnesses say the span dropped on Tamiami Trail without warning and when drivers were stopped at a red...
Miami FIU bridge collapse

Image: NBC News

News March 15, 2018
Multiple people* have reportedly died and several have been injured as a result of a pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.    Multiple agencies have responded to the scene. Lt. Alejandro Camacho, the Florida Highway...
Piscataqua River Bridge

Image: Maine DOT / New Hampshire DOT

News March 13, 2018
Repair work on I-95′s high-level bridge over the Piscataqua River connecting Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, is estimated to take two to three construction seasons beginning in spring of 2018 until completion in either 2020 or 2021.   At a public meeting Monday night, hosted by both state...
Belle Chasse Tunnel

Image: LaDOTD

News March 09, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) announced plans for the department to move forward with soliciting partners for its very first public-private partnership (P3).   The P3 venture would provide the estimated $122 million required to replace the Belle Chasse Tunnel...
Rhode Island gets $20 million grant to fix bridges along Rte. 37
News March 07, 2018
According to a statement released by the office of Senator Jack Reed (D.), the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will receive a $20 million grant to help pay for the repair and replacement of bridges along Rte. 37.   The total cost of the repair and replacement project to improve...

The Fast Lane Grant provided $60 million for a $183 million road project on I-10. Image: LADOTD

Article March 02, 2018
LOUISIANA: Protection keeps system exposed by Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Nobody wants to put someone to work lining up hospital beds beside a dumpster.   Taking care of the health of any community should always be put in the forefront, even if roads and bridges are left wrapped in bandages....
Mountain View Corridor project

Image: Traffic Technology Today

News February 28, 2018
Engineering and planning consultant Michael Baker International (MBI) has announced completion of the second phase of the Mountain View Corridor project on S.R. 85 to the west of Salt Lake City.   MBI served as the lead designer for the second phase of the project, which included the full design...
Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge steel girders

Image: PennLive

News February 22, 2018
The first of the steel girders for the nearly mile-long bridge that will carry the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania are in place.   Large cranes are being used to lift the girders about 180 ft to the top of two of the piers that have...
major highway projects
News February 21, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson announced the state’s intention to utilize federal Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle Bonds (GARVEE Bonds) to construct four major projects in three areas of Louisiana that have been...
Officials in Hawaii change weight limits on island bridges

Photo: Eric Guinther 

News February 16, 2018
Hawaii state officials are implementing new weight limit restrictions for bridges on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai as the result of a recent calculation reassessment taking heavy truck loads into account.   While most passenger vehicles should not be affected, emergency vehicles,...
Lafayette, Ind., bridge
Case Studies February 13, 2018
The city of Lafayette, Ind., is nearing completion of a years-long process to update one of its main thoroughfares, a 2.5-mile stretch of Sagamore Parkway. Cranes provided by Central Rent-A-Crane, a member of the ALL Family of Companies, are playing a crucial role in completion of the project.  ...
multimodal projects
News February 09, 2018
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that 45 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian, and ports and waterways projects will benefit communities in 22 counties through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund.   The $41.5 million investment follows PennDOT's...
JTB Bridge

The main Flyover 1 bridge is a new ramp carrying traffic from SB I-95 to EB JT Butler Blvd., designed to alleviate traffic jams and safety issues caused by the previous configuration.

Article February 02, 2018
When it comes to bridge design, advancements in technology often take a long time to be widely accepted. After all, if a technique has been proven to work, why reinvent the wheel?   For some time, this has been the thinking when it comes to spliced girder bridges. Traditionally, spliced girder...
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