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I-80 bridges over Des Plaines River, Joliet, Illinois
Bridges News April 19, 2019
The Illinois DOT (IDOT) announced that regularly scheduled inspections of the I-80 bridges over the Des Plaines River in Joliet are set to begin April 29.   Daily lane closures will be required, starting with the westbound bridge until May 6, when inspections begin on the eastbound bridge....
bridge inspection; bridge analysis
Associations News April 15, 2019
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently published the second edition of its Manual for Bridge Element Inspection (MBEI) reference guide.   The new reference guide replaces two current AASHTO publications, including the first edition of the MBEI,...
Sixth Street Viaduct Bridge Los Angeles
Associations News April 05, 2019
CEMEX supplies largest bridge ever in Los Angeles March 28, 2019—CEMEX USA announced it is providing concrete, including a specialized self-consolidating mix, along with thousands of tons of aggregates for the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles, Calif.—the replacement of the...
Arlington Memorial Bridge

Image: ARTBA

Associations News April 03, 2019
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the recently released U.S. DOT 2018 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database reveals that 47,052 of U.S. bridges are classified as structurally deficient and in poor condition.   Vehicles of all kinds cross these...
Chattanooga I-75 concrete railing collapse over I-24

Image: Tennessee DOT via Twitter

Bridges News April 02, 2019
Crews are continuing to work on emergency repairs today after a large chunk of concrete railing fell off an I-75 North bridge onto the I-24 westbound ramp below in Chattanooga, Tenn., late Monday morning, injuring one person.   A section of I-75 was closed down to traffic after the collapse, near...
High Bridge arch span deck finishing
Bridges Article April 01, 2019
The Smith Avenue Bridge, known as the High Bridge, spanning the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minn., consists of three continuous tied steel arch main spans with steel multi-girder approach spans.   Originally constructed in 1987, the main spans consist of a 502-ft full arch (Span 4) and two half...
Wildcat Creek Bridge Cascade Mountains
Bridges Article April 01, 2019
The Cascade Mountain Range runs from Northern California into British Columbia, Canada, dividing the state of Washington in two.   Western Washington is home to the lush greenery and moody skies of Puget Sound, including the surging Seattle metropolitan area—mocha lattes and Microsoft; shipyards...
Mississippi DOT emergency bridge closures

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Bridges News March 27, 2019
Under the authority of Gov. Phil Bryant’s April 2018 emergency bridge closure proclamation, the Mississippi DOT (MDOT) today was directed to begin immediately closing at least 34 local bridges.   “If these bridges remain open, it will not only present a safety hazard to the traveling public but...
Hudson River Tunnel project Amtrak

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Bridges News March 18, 2019
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rated the Hudson River rail tunnel project between New York and New Jersey with a medium-low grade in its most recently released ratings for infrastructure projects around the country.   According to the Associated Press, this is the same rating the agency...
Mackinac Bridge in Michigan; bridge monitoring sensors

Image: Justin Billau [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Bridges News March 12, 2019
Researchers in the state of Michigan are planning to install up to 2,000 infrastructure sensors on the Mackinac Bridge in order to explore the logistics of a large-scale deployment and provide useful monitoring data to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA).    According to a press release from the...
I-5 bridge over Columbia River

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Bridges News March 07, 2019
The Washington State Senate Transportation Committee recently passed a $15 billion transportation package that includes $450 million to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.   The project has been a priority for lawmakers in Clark County, who have been working to collaborate with the...
FIU pedestrian bridge collapse
Bridges News March 05, 2019
Nearly a year after the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge collapsed, Magnum Construction Management (MCM), the Miami-based contractor hired to install the bridge, has filed for bankruptcy.   MCM, formerly known as Munilla Construction Management, submitted its Chapter 11...
Road and bridge construction podcast

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Bridges News March 01, 2019
In a fully loaded Infrastructure Insider, we go over the recent bridge troubles in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Associate Editor Tim Bruns talked with the Chicago DOT after bridge cracking was discovered on Lake Shore Drive (5:45). The I-80 bridge in Joliet also is in trouble. We talked to...
I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge

Image: Chamber of Southwest Louisiana

Bridges News January 28, 2019
The Chamber of Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) recently released recommendations for their I-10 Bridge Task Force for the Calcasieu River Bridge.   These recommendations, which were approved by the Chamber board on Tuesday, provide the state with a well-researched, detailed action plan to tackle the...
PTI press conference World of Concrete
Associations News January 23, 2019
The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) announced this week during a World of Concrete press conference in Las Vegas its current and future initiatives to help augment durability of post-tensioned concrete bridges and other structures.    In response to feedback from the industry, PTI is currently...
Connecticut DOT making progress on Walk Bridge replacement
Bridges News December 24, 2018
Few are the bridges in the U.S. that have been around as long as the Norwalk, Conn., Walk Bridge. The 122-year-old structure has been a stalwart corridor, carrying rail traffic on Metro-North’s New Haven Line as well as Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor that serves passengers traveling...
Colonial Road Bridge
Bridges Article December 17, 2018
In 2014, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) initiated the full replacement of a 115-year-old bridge in the village of Thomaston, N.Y. Thomaston, located in Nassau County, Long Island, is a mere 0.4 sq miles. The town is separated in two by a single-line railroad track which opened in 1898, and has...
construction work bridges
Bridges News December 12, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is preparing this week to install the largest precast bridge beams ever in the state of Utah.   The massive concrete beams will impact traffic this week as they are placed along the I-15 technology corridor in Lehi.   Forterra Structural Precast created...
Lewiston-Queenston Bridge
Bridges News November 21, 2018
The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission officially announced that the second phase of a major modernization project at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge is underway, as part of an effort to improve efficiency at one of the busiest crossings along the U.S.-Canada border.   Phase Two of the project includes...
Harrison Avenue Bridge

Images: PennDOT

Bridges News November 19, 2018
On Veterans Day 2018 a rebuilt Col. Francis J. Duffy Memorial Park was rededicated in Scranton, Pa., where a recast bronze statue of the World War I “Spirit of America Doughboy” is now housed.   This new statue was one of the final tasks of the Harrison Avenue Bridge project.   The doughboy was...
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