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Bridges News December 06, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is advancing the Florida International University (FIU) bridge engineering program’s efforts to make the country’s aging bridges safer.   FIU will receive $1.5 million per year, for five years, for its Accelerated Bridge Construction University...

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Asphalt Maintenance 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.  ...

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Bridges 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...
Road Construction 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...
Bridges 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...
Bridges News October 12, 2016
A pair of stream crossings on SH 13  in Wisconsin between Ashland and Mellen are finally nearing completion after a 1,000-year storm caused massive washouts two months ago.   Torrential rains washed out culverts at both crossings, as well as hundreds of cubic yards of fill material from the Trout...
Bridges News October 11, 2016
Leaders in both San Antonio and Austin are proposing plans to turn I-35 into a double-decker highway stretching from San Antonio to Georgetown. This stretch of interstate is the fastest-growing freight corridor in the country. Just 75 miles separate the cities, but the drive is punctuated by...
Bridges News September 28, 2016
The Liberty Bridge, a span that carries 55,000 vehicles a day in Pittsburgh, has reopened to traffic. The bridge has been closed since a fire Sept. 2 damaged a 30-ft-long steel chord that supports tons of weight.   For now, there is a 9-ton weight limit on vehicles crossing the span. Cars, pickup...
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...
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