FIU bridge collapse investigation
Bridge Rescue News March 21, 2018
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asked the inspector general of her department to probe whether a federally funded pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six in Florida complied with all rules, her office said on Tuesday.   Chao said in a letter she has asked for an audit to determine...
EnviroTech Owl Canyon Road
Compaction Case Studies March 20, 2018
The Owl Canyon Corridor in northern Larimer County, Colo., is an 11-mile section of Larimer County Road 70 and 72 that serves as an important connection between U.S. Highway 287 and I-25. The westernmost three miles of the corridor is non-paved, consisting of a treated gravel surface.   As the...
Pennsylvania rapid bridge replacement

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Cranes Case Studies March 20, 2018
One of the country’s largest construction projects undertaken by a public-private partnership is winding down, and ALL Crane Rental of Pennsylvania was in the thick of it. The ambitious $900 million project saw Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (...
Transit News March 20, 2018
The first Milwaukee streetcar is scheduled to arrive in the city on March 26.   On Friday, city leaders met to talk about updates on the project. Once the first car arrives, the four others will come to Milwaukee on a monthly basis.   When the first streetcar arrives, it will undergo testing inside...
Uber autonomous vehicle
Traffic Safety News March 19, 2018
A pedestrian was killed overnight in Tempe, Ariz., after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber.   This incident appears to be the first known death of a pedestrian struck by an autonomous vehicle on public roads.   The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode with a human safety driver at the...
Bridge collapse

Bridge collapse

Bridges 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

Bridges 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

Bridges 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.

Bridges 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

Bridges 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

Bridges 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...
Bridges 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.

Bridges 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

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Bridges 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...
public transportation funding
Funding News March 15, 2018
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) raised concern over the small amount of transit projects that received Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) last week.   APTA urged the department to...
Utah freeway
Road Construction News March 15, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has made a final decision to convert U.S. 89 into a full freeway in Davis and Weber counties to connect Interstates 15 and 84.   UDOT approved and released late Tuesday a final state environmental study, making its decision for the new freeway final....
traffic safety older drivers
Safety News March 14, 2018
A report released by nonprofit transportation research group TRIP finds fatalities in traffic crashes involving drivers 65 years old or older increased 22% from 2012 to 2016.   The number of seniors killed in those crashes increased by 16% nationwide. The TRIP report identified Florida as having...
Piscataqua River Bridge

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Bridge Construction 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...
Reinforcement Concrete Videos March 13, 2018
The RenewWrap FRP system is a strong, lightweight and corrosion-resistant material for strengthening or retrofitting transportation infrastructure, leading to lower overall construction costs and travel disruptions. Watch how it works.
NJDOT uses permitting & routing software to save time & money
Software Routing and Logistics Case Studies March 13, 2018
Prior to 2010, New Jersey handled its oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permitting manually through the Motor Vehicle Commission using a non-route-specific paper process. To increase public safety and protect the state’s infrastructure, however, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)...
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