April 30, 2015
Another 200 New Jersey bridges will become structurally deficient in the next five years, bringing the state’s tally up to 500. Gains made by the New Jersey Transportation Department may soon become a distant memory as its maintenance backlog climbs.
The bridges will be added to a list of 290...
April 27, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will begin collecting new data that will help the agency more closely monitor bridge conditions throughout the nation. Beginning this month, state departments of transportation will provide the new data...
April 20, 2015
The New York State Department of Transportation and other agencies have begun work on a $15.6 million project to replace seven bridges in the town of Keene that are at risk from flood scouring, part of 80 bridges approved so far for replacement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
April 15, 2015
Alabama state officials are moving forward with a study to determine the feasibility of a toll system for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge.
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has teamed up with Illinois-bases CDM Smith Inc. to examine different tolling...
April 10, 2015
Pulleys placed in position with the saw on top.
Precision Cutting & Coring of Kansas City, Kan., was contracted for a bridge overhaul project in May 2014 that required strict timing and precision. The overall project involved demolishing the top part of an old rail bridge then reconstructing it. Precision’s scope of work was to saw and...
April 07, 2015
If Michigan officials cannot get their hands on a funding solution soon, all they will be able to do is cross their fingers for the next two years.
The I-75 bridge over the Rouge River, which carries 115,000 cars daily and is a major route going in and out of Detroit, has been placed on the...
April 07, 2015
According to data from the New York State Department of Transportation, 164 vehicles struck bridges last year in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island. More than 250 trucks driving in New York City either illegally entered parkways or hit overpasses during 2013 and 2014.
The state of...
April 06, 2015
The Ithaca, N.Y., bridge is registered in the National Register of Historic Places; its original truss steel dates from the Model T era and had a 15-ton load restriction.
In the late 19th/early 20th century, there was a boom in truss bridge construction—one of the oldest types of today’s modern bridges.
However, as vehicles got bigger, loads got heavier and traffic increased over the years, many of the truss bridges from that era became structurally deficient and...
April 06, 2015
Like many states, Louisiana is facing a transportation-funding crisis. However, not every state has a bridge problem accelerating quite like this.
According to a recent report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), Louisiana is one of 10 states with more structurally deficient...
April 03, 2015
CENTRA chose a Redi-Rock reinforced retaining wall to upgrade its bus depot facilities and create more space for parking.
Along U.S. Route 50 in Clarksburg, W.Va., stood a decaying, unusable bus depot. This depot was located adjacent to a bridge, with access into the depot coming directly off the bridge.
In 2014, the Central West Virginia Transit Authority (CENTRA) needed to upgrade its bus depot...
April 03, 2015
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has announced a proposed $4.9 billion capital program for the fiscal year 2016 that directs $2.8 billion toward NJDOT and other agency investments and $2.1 billion toward statewide transit improvements.
“This proposed program will enable NJDOT...
April 01, 2015
An analysis of the 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database found that there are more than 2,000 fewer structurally deficient bridges than there were in 2013. The good news stops there. There are still more than 61,000 structurally deficient bridges in...
March 26, 2015
A bridge carrying traffic over I-35 in central Texas has collapsed after a semi-truck hit a beam. The beam fell on passing vehicles, and Fox 4 News out of Austin is reporting one fatality.
Traffic in both directions on I-35 in Salado, Texas, was at a standstill.
The Texas Department of...
March 23, 2015
Most transportation agencies now use construction cameras to capture project views, keeping their teams and the public up-to-date in real time. As webcams evolve, each new version introduces higher-quality, more versatile tools. Project teams are realizing the benefits of using panoramic...
March 16, 2015
In last week's annual update given by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to highway commissioners, MoDOT reported nearly 600 state bridges that are in serious or poor condition.
However, state transportation officials said that bridges classified as being in poor condition are...
March 04, 2015
Some does not address the sum.
The state of Maine has more than 770 bridges that are more than 70 years old and need to be either repaired or replaced. About $70 million a year is spent on this crusade, but according to a new report at least $140 is needed.
Despite the shortfall, Maine DOT...
March 02, 2015
Both eastbound and westbound relief bridges to the White River were completely replaced from the footings on up.
Ask the common man to describe a cavern and you’d likely be regaled with the stuff of discovery tucked into a picturesque mountainous landscape.
But ask a construction contractor astride Prairie County, Ark.’s I-40 in early 2014 for the same, and you would get a very different story.
February 12, 2015
The Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge replacement project
The Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge spans the New River Gorge National River on Rte. 41 in the town of Prince, W. Va. The bridge is a two-lane, three-span, through-truss style that carries traffic white-knuckle high over the whitewater New River. One of the oldest rivers in North America and...
February 06, 2015
The 3,300-ft-long Tanana River Bridge provides the U.S. military with a vital connection to 1 million acres of training ranges—the largest in the U.S. It is Alaska’s longest bridge.
The word Tanana means “trail river.” The new Tanana River Bridge in Salcha, Alaska, a small community located south of Eielson Air Force Base, provides a trail across the river—a vital connection to 1 million acres of U.S. military training facilities in Alaska. Construction of the bridge marks the...
January 23, 2015
The limestone-textured blocks matched the aesthetic look of the existing bridge pier, and fit in with the natural look of the environment.
In 2013, the town of North Haven, Maine, began construction on a very unique bridge project. The goal was to rebuild a deteriorating bridge that provided access to four seasonal homes and was an important wharf for the local lobster industry.
The town faced several challenges with this project...