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Bridges News September 20, 2016
A new $4.3 million bridge using modern-day composite material is open to traffic in Thomaston, Maine.   The new Wadsworth Street bridge spanning the St. George River will have a formal opening ceremony on Oct. 5.   The 300-ft long, 36-ft wide bridge replaces a span that has been in place since 1928...
Bridges News September 07, 2016
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is planning for a rapid bridge replacement of the East Shore Expressway Bridge in East Providence in just 80 hours beginning Friday, September 9.   According to the agency, conventional replacement would take a year and cause prolonged traffic...

Construction of the massive 1,260-ft cross-river arch.

Bridges Article September 06, 2016
The Almonte River Viaduct is located on the high-speed rail line running from Madrid to Extremadura in southwestern Spain.   At some future time, this railway will be extended to provide high-speed transport between Spain and Portugal, and more specifically between Madrid and Lisbon. The stretch of...
Bridges News September 06, 2016
A Michigan State University (MSU) engineering professor plans to install sensors on the Mackinac Bridge to monitor stress on the aging structure.   Professor Nizar Lajnef told the Lansing State Journal the stress sensors that will be placed on the bridge later this month are a test of a project he’...
Bridges News August 23, 2016
Officials in New Hampshire and Maine will decide this week whether they will make repairs to the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge or leave it in the up position.   The historic bridge became stuck on Sunday at approximately 11 a.m. EST, and workers could not raise it to allow for boats to pass. At 10 p.m...
Bridges News July 29, 2016
State and federal officials are investigating what caused a huge construction crane to collapse across the Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York City, an accident that somehow caused no serious injuries but added to a list of crane wrecks in recent years that have prompted initiatives to improve...
Bridges News July 25, 2016
The deadline to submit your top road project for consideration for the 2016 Roads & Bridges Top 10 Bridges list has been extended to August 5. Created in 2000, this list recognizes the top bridge projects in North America each year. To nominate your project, click here. Past winners are not...
Bridges News July 14, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) today announced a partnership with South Carolina for an estimated $75 million project to replace existing Interstate 20 bridges over the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal, and add lanes on I-20 to Exit 1 in South Carolina. The project will enhance safety and operations...
Bridges News July 13, 2016
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) today announced the availability of $200 million in enhanced assistance for local governments over the next two years to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts statewide.   The funding, provided through the Governor's BRIDGE NY initiative, is being...
Bridges News June 15, 2016
More than a third of the $3.5 billion of the funds that state planners intend to spend on Iowa’s transportation needs in the next five years will be devoted to improving the state’s bridges.   The seven-member Iowa Transportation Commission recently approved a 2017-2021 transportation improvement...
Bridges News June 03, 2016
A $663,000 barrier intended to prevent people from jumping off the French King Bridge was recently approved by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).   Along with the proposed barrier, MassDOT last week installed and began testing a web-based mobile camera system on the bridge to...
Bridges News May 17, 2016
Mehdi "Saiid" Saiidi, Foundation Professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Engineering, is leading something of a revolution in the field of earthquake engineering for bridges.   For years, bridges in seismically active zones have been designed...
Bridges Article May 09, 2016
According to the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) more than 86,000 bridges in the U.S. have no foundation data on record.   It is evident that an unknown percentage of the bridges identified by the NBI with missing foundation data also could be vulnerable to scouring induced by water flow coupled...
Bridges Article May 09, 2016
Research and development efforts are actively taking place to make small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) necessary tools for transportation infrastructure inspections.   As these efforts continue to advance the transformation process from idea into reality, it is necessary to rely on fundamental...

The flare of the bridge columns is a design element unique to this region—and one that presented likewise unique challenges to workers.

Bridges Article May 09, 2016
Forbes Creek Bridge in Kirkland, Wash., is just 18 ft tall and 240 ft long.   It has no towers or suspension cables like those on the Golden Gate Bridge; no arch ring like those medieval English bridges that adorn calendars. It doesn’t even have a trestle like the railroad bridges of traditional...
Bridges Article May 09, 2016
A 100-year-old fixture in its community, the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge carries Rte. 9 over Lake Quinsigamond between Shrewsbury and Worcester, Mass. The previous concrete arch structure carried four lanes of traffic—two eastbound and two westbound. Prior to that, the crossing was originally...
Bridges Article May 09, 2016
The bridge industry likes to celebrate progress with fireworks. The most recent development is worth about a box of sparklers. The reaction is not quite as strong, but it is still nice to experience.   According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the number of...
Bridges News May 04, 2016
Nearly 20 bridges in South Dakota are in the process of being replaced or improved thanks to new funding passed by the state legislature. The South Dakota Transportation Commission approved $8 million for bridge improvement projects across the state.   The state’s Secretary of Transportation Darin...
Asphalt News April 11, 2016
Indiana’s East-West Toll Road is set to receive a $200 million makeover and work begins today. According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, it is to be the largest project undertaken by the toll road since its original construction in 1954.   The project’s scale includes the...
Bridges Article April 08, 2016
An important evacuation route and major link from the New Jersey mainland to the popular beach communities of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, the 60-year-old Mathis Bridge carries three lanes of Rte. 37 eastbound over Barnegat Bay.   Constructed in 1950, this 66-span, 0.9-mile-long structure...
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