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Bridges News June 22, 2015
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will tear down the I-75 bridges over U.S. 6 and install new ones later in the year. The project aims to complete the work over the course of two weekends with minimal traffic disruption.    The new bridges will already have been built and crews will move...
Bridges News June 19, 2015
A $25 million expansion of U.S. Highway 77 over the Guadalupe River in Victoria County, Texas is set to begin this year.   The projects calls for adding two lanes on the southeast side of the highway, creating a four lane divided highway on U.S. 77, running 2.5 miles between Farm-to Market Road...
Bridges News June 18, 2015
The Left Coast Lifter hoisted the first girder segment into place at the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York.   The piece -- 400 ft long, 1,100 tons and made of three prefabricated, curved steel girders -- was placed between two concrete piers, signaling the start of the next...
Bridges News June 18, 2015
Eleven U.S. Senators introduced the BRIDGE Act, which stands for Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment.   If passed, the bill would help states improve road and bridge conditions. The new legislation would set up a central infrastructure bank for states...
Bridges News June 15, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) began collecting new data from state DOTs to monitor U.S. bridge conditions more closely. State DOTs started providing more detailed information to the National Bridge Inspection Program (NBIP) in April.   Traditionally, bridge inspectors have given one...
Road Construction News June 09, 2015
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is not losing sight of its major reconstruction of nearly seven miles of I-94 in downtown Detroit, known as the Edsel Ford Freeway project.   The project is expected to take 20 years and cost $2.9 billion to complete. According to MDOT, that stretch...
Bridges Article June 05, 2015
The use of prefabricated structures as replacement alternatives for existing bridge structures continues to grow in popularity, not for least of which reasons the cost savings of these prefabricated alternatives to traditional bridge construction are well documented.   Moreover, there is a current...
Bridges Article June 05, 2015
As population density and traffic congestion, even in rural areas, continues to grow, speed and time have become primary, crucial elements of any construction project—notably bridgework, which often necessitates complicated, potentially untenable re-routing.     The Pennsylvania Department of...
Bridges News May 29, 2015
Transportation bill to build new Mississippi River Bridges doesn’t get past Louisiana House floor.   There will be no plan to build a new bridge over the Mississippi River for atleast another year.   After passing a House committee, the new bridge bill failed to pass the full House, with 18 votes...
Bridges Article May 05, 2015
The Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Ore., is the community’s only crossing over the Willamette River for many miles in each direction. Thousands of motorists use the structure each day to travel between the city’s densely packed Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhoods, making it the state’s busiest...
Bridges Article May 05, 2015
The Floating Bridge over Sunset Lake in Brookfield, Vt., has been a landmark for local residents for nearly two centuries—longer than state transportation agencies have existed and even before the invention of cars.   During winter months, residents near the lake would travel back and forth across...
Bridges Products April 29, 2015
Mabey’s panel bridges & structural shoring reduce the duration of road closures/detours during bridge repair/replacement projects. The structural shoring provides temporary support for bridges under repair while keeping lanes open to traffic. Both can be used for falsework, bridge support...
Bridges News April 20, 2015
The New York State Department of Transportation and other agencies have begun work on a $15.6 million project to replace seven bridges in the town of Keene that are at risk from flood scouring, part of 80 bridges approved so far for replacement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Gov....
Bridges News April 15, 2015
Alabama state officials are moving forward with a study to determine the feasibility of a toll system for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge.   The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has teamed up with Illinois-bases CDM Smith Inc. to examine different tolling...
Bridges News April 07, 2015
According to data from the New York State Department of Transportation, 164 vehicles struck bridges last year in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island. More than 250 trucks driving in New York City either illegally entered parkways or hit overpasses during 2013 and 2014.   The state of...
Bridges Article April 06, 2015

The Ithaca, N.Y., bridge is registered in the National Register of Historic Places; its original truss steel dates from the Model T era and had a 15-ton load restriction.

In the late 19th/early 20th century, there was a boom in truss bridge construction—one of the oldest types of today’s modern bridges.   However, as vehicles got bigger, loads got heavier and traffic increased over the years, many of the truss bridges from that era became structurally deficient and...
Bridges News April 01, 2015
An analysis of the 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database found that there are more than 2,000 fewer structurally deficient bridges than there were in 2013. The good news stops there. There are still more than 61,000 structurally deficient bridges in...
Bridges News March 16, 2015
In last week's annual update given by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to highway commissioners, MoDOT reported nearly 600 state bridges that are in serious or poor condition.   However, state transportation officials said that bridges classified as being in poor condition are...
Bridges Article March 02, 2015

Both eastbound and westbound relief bridges to the White River were completely replaced from the footings on up.

Ask the common man to describe a cavern and you’d likely be regaled with the stuff of discovery tucked into a picturesque mountainous landscape.   But ask a construction contractor astride Prairie County, Ark.’s I-40 in early 2014 for the same, and you would get a very different story.   “Many of...
Bridges Article February 06, 2015

The 3,300-ft-long Tanana River Bridge provides the U.S. military with a vital connection to 1 million acres of training ranges—the largest in the U.S. It is Alaska’s longest bridge.

The word Tanana means “trail river.” The new Tanana River Bridge in Salcha, Alaska, a small community located south of Eielson Air Force Base, provides a trail across the river—a vital connection to 1 million acres of U.S. military training facilities in Alaska. Construction of the bridge marks the...

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