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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...
Bridge collapse, bridge design, bridge construction
Bridges News October 23, 2018
Nobody wants a starring role in this spotlight, but it looks like the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) was far from the understudy it claims to be in regards to the FIU bridge collapse back in March.   According to NBC6 Miami, FDOT engineer Thomas Andres wrote to the design-build team in...
Llano River flooding washes away RM 2900 bridge

Image: @TxDOTAustin on Twitter

Bridges News October 16, 2018
A dangerous flooding situation unfolded in south-central Texas Tuesday morning over the Llano River, a tributary of the Colorado River, as heavy rain exacerbated ongoing river flooding, prompting evacuations and a bridge collapse.   Local news outlets later reported that the RM 2900 bridge had...
Bridges News October 15, 2018
The Sunshine Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. James Parish in Louisiana is closed indefinitely after a barge collided with the bridge early Friday morning.   The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) shared photos of the bridge which showed one of the main load-...
Montopolis Bridge in Austin, Texas

Image: Larry D. Moore [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Bridges News October 09, 2018
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is moving forward with rehabilitating the 80-year-old steel truss Montopolis Bridge in Austin in order to preserve the structure as a hike and bike trail, indefinitely closing the bridge off to vehicular traffic.   The work, which is part of the second...
FIU bridge collapse
Bridges Article October 08, 2018
A federal judge recently blocked the release of documents that could reveal why the roadway under the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge had not been shut down upon discovery of severe cracking on the structure before it collapsed and killed six people, according to a report...
Vine Street Expressway Philadelphia
Bridges Article October 04, 2018
Philadelphia’s Vine Street Expressway, part of I-676, is a 1.75-mile limited-access highway traveling east-west across the northern edge of the city’s central business district.   The expressway connects I-95 and I-76, and was designed to easily move traffic between the surrounding counties in...
FIU bridge collapse
Bridges News September 19, 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Friday cited multiple contractors for safety violations after one employee suffered fatal injuries and five other employees sustained serious injuries when a pedestrian bridge at the Florida International...
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel sees 11,000 vehicle crossings per day, which increases to 25,000 daily crossings during the peak summer season.

Bridges Article September 04, 2018
When it opened in 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was considered one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern world—incorporating two-lane bridges and tunnels for vehicular traffic to get from southern Virginia to the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware.   The 17.6-mile vehicular toll...
Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project

Image: @newgdbridge on Twitter

Technology News September 04, 2018
The bridge replacement project for the Gerald Desmond Bridge over the Port of Long Beach is being built with about 75 seismic sensors that will measure the forces imparted on the span when one of several nearby faults set off an earthquake.    The new bridge, which will stretch 8,800 ft over the...
FIU bridge collapse
Bridges News August 22, 2018
Siding with the Miami Herald, a Tallahassee judge Tuesday ordered state transportation officials to hand over records related to the March bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) that resulted in six deaths.   The Herald sued the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in May...
Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel

Image: LaDOTD

Bridges News August 15, 2018
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently joined Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to formally announce the award of a $45 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD).   The grant will be used for the Belle Chasse...
Several people reported dead after bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy

Source: screen capture, CNN.com

Bridges News August 14, 2018
At least 37 people have died after a section of a highway bridge in northern Italy partially collapsed Tuesday, according to Italian officials.   CNN reports that Angelo Borrelli, head of the Italian Civil Protection Agency, told journalists that around 30 vehicles and several heavy-duty trucks...
Bridge design, bridge engineering
Bridges News August 13, 2018
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