Bridges

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. 

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News December 02, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has identified $9 billion worth of unfunded priority project, including the widening of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock, but is faced with a $1.41 billion budget for 2017, a budget which is at present over-burdened with maintenance requests.  ...
News November 29, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill his cabinet, and he picked one that has had a long shelf life as his next Transportation Secretary.   Elaine Chao was named to that position late Tuesday, Nov. 29. Chao served as Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush from 2001-2009, and also was...

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News November 28, 2016
Amidst a tight budget environment, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) engineers stretched resources to perform a needed replacement of an old bridge in the small, eastern town of Mud Lake. The project review also will reduce traffic impact during the four-month-long project starting next fall...
News November 22, 2016
A crew in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, leveraged creation of a sliding girder installer to complete repairs to the 56-year-old I-90 Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge in just three weeks this spring, saving about $161,000 and shaving three months off the closure.   The work was recognized with a department...
News November 22, 2016
A Maryland board voted Monday to build a new, $765 million Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge over the Potomac River connecting Maryland and Virginia.   Under the plan approved by the Maryland Transportation Authority Board, construction is to begin in fiscal year 2020. The current bridge, which carries...
Case Studies November 17, 2016
The old wooden bridges on both Ezell Road and Overhead Bridge Road in Spartanburg County, S.C., were in need of replacement. The load ratings on both bridges had been decreased due to their deficient SD ratings. These single-lane structures had served the citizens of Chesnee in Spartanburg County...
News November 17, 2016
In effort to more evenly distribute revenue derived by the state’s gas tax, Utah lawmakers have changed a complicated tax distribution formula in hopes of making dissemination more fair across the state.   Gov. Gary Herbert called a special session of the legislature to address this issue after the...

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News November 15, 2016
A new bridge that will carry traffic from State Route 99 into Seattle is designed to survive earthquakes and seismic shocks.   The bridge will take traffic from northbound State Route 99 off and into the city. As drivers cross it, they will not see any significant difference between this bridge and...
News November 14, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses the president-elect's plans for road and bridge infrastructure.
News November 11, 2016
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority on Thursday released a Request for Proposals for construction of a new six-lane bridge across the Detroit River.   Canada plans to cover the cost of building the $2.1 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge, plus a $250 million customs plaza on the U.S. side....
News November 08, 2016
Besides choosing candidates today, voters nationwide will face at least 232 city, county and state ballot initiatives to decide whether to raise a potential $250 billion for road and bridge construction.   One of the smallest measures is a $5,308-a-year property-tax measure for road maintenance in...
Article November 04, 2016
Nothing about the New NY Bridge project is an abbreviation, but there should be at least one.   They call the skyscraper-on-water mega crane on the job I Lift NY, with the NY standing for the New NY Bridge. However, this heavy equipment Hercules probably could come close to lifting the entire state...
Article November 04, 2016
As it stretches across a bay in the northwestern region of the Sunshine State, the completion of the Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge faced considerable obstacles due to restrictions caused by the sensitive marine environment inhabited by endangered species.   The team at Skanska USA had a limited...
Article November 04, 2016
Extremes of climate tend to make for pretty good drama—in the movies, in books and also in the world of bridge construction.   The $100-million Colville River Nigliq Channel Bridge serves as a crucial artery on Alaska’s Nigliq Channel, spanning frozen tundra in a landscape that, in deepest winter,...
Article November 04, 2016
The island of O’ahu is home to Hawaii’s state capital of Honolulu as well as sites such as the Punchbowl, Pearl Harbor, and the popular beach communities at Waikiki and Kailua. It also has a largely mountainous topography, rife with pineapple plantations, and those areas that are comparatively flat...
Article November 04, 2016
If there was a working template in place, it wasn’t for very long. The Kentucky Lake Bridge project was saturated in highly complex challenges, and perhaps the highest-ranked one involved setting 330,000-lb piles in place. The process involved a template that was floated into place and used to...
Article November 04, 2016
Nearly 60,000 bridges across the U.S. are in desperate need of repair, and the bridges in our nation’s metropolitan areas, which are an indispensable link for both millions of commuters and freight on a daily basis, are decaying more rapidly than our rural bridges.   As our transportation...

A view of the F.W. Cappelen Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River.

Article November 04, 2016
The Franklin Avenue Bridge, officially named the F.W. Cappelen Memorial Bridge, has carried travelers over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minn., since 1923.   When opened, the bridge featured the longest concrete arch span in the world. It is named after its designer, Frank W. Cappelen, a...
Article November 04, 2016
In recent years, accelerated bridge construction (ABC) has gained attention within regions of high seismicity.   Prefabrication of bridge structural components is an effective ABC method under the category of prefabricated bridge elements and systems (PBES) promoted by the Federal Highway...
Article November 04, 2016
Bridge approaches are normally constructed with reinforced concrete slabs that connect the bridge deck to the adjacent paved roadway.   The approach slab is usually supported on one side by the bridge abutment and on the other side by the embankment. Their function is to provide a smooth and safe...
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