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Bridge Construction Article November 04, 2016
Nothing about the New NY Bridge project is an abbreviation, but there should be at least one.   They call the skyscraper-on-water mega crane on the job I Lift NY, with the NY standing for the New NY Bridge. However, this heavy equipment Hercules probably could come close to lifting the entire state...
Bridge Construction Article November 04, 2016
Extremes of climate tend to make for pretty good drama—in the movies, in books and also in the world of bridge construction.   The $100-million Colville River Nigliq Channel Bridge serves as a crucial artery on Alaska’s Nigliq Channel, spanning frozen tundra in a landscape that, in deepest winter,...
Bridge Construction Article November 04, 2016
As it stretches across a bay in the northwestern region of the Sunshine State, the completion of the Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge faced considerable obstacles due to restrictions caused by the sensitive marine environment inhabited by endangered species.   The team at Skanska USA had a limited...
Bridge Construction Article November 04, 2016
The island of O’ahu is home to Hawaii’s state capital of Honolulu as well as sites such as the Punchbowl, Pearl Harbor, and the popular beach communities at Waikiki and Kailua. It also has a largely mountainous topography, rife with pineapple plantations, and those areas that are comparatively flat...
Bridge Construction Article November 04, 2016
If there was a working template in place, it wasn’t for very long. The Kentucky Lake Bridge project was saturated in highly complex challenges, and perhaps the highest-ranked one involved setting 330,000-lb piles in place. The process involved a template that was floated into place and used to...
Bridge Construction Article November 04, 2016
Nearly 60,000 bridges across the U.S. are in desperate need of repair, and the bridges in our nation’s metropolitan areas, which are an indispensable link for both millions of commuters and freight on a daily basis, are decaying more rapidly than our rural bridges.   As our transportation...
Law Article November 04, 2016
Nearly all public construction contracts contain liquidated damages clauses.   These clauses are beneficial because they add certainty to the risk of late completion. Otherwise, the sky is the limit, and an owner could claim any damages the parties could have reasonably contemplated at time of...

A view of the F.W. Cappelen Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River.

Bridge Rescue Article November 04, 2016
The Franklin Avenue Bridge, officially named the F.W. Cappelen Memorial Bridge, has carried travelers over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minn., since 1923.   When opened, the bridge featured the longest concrete arch span in the world. It is named after its designer, Frank W. Cappelen, a...
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...
Bridge Design Article November 04, 2016
Bridge approaches are normally constructed with reinforced concrete slabs that connect the bridge deck to the adjacent paved roadway.   The approach slab is usually supported on one side by the bridge abutment and on the other side by the embankment. Their function is to provide a smooth and safe...
News November 04, 2016
It would not be a November election if there were not transportation issues at stake.   There are eight major ballot items in eight states voters will consider on Tuesday.   In New Jersey, the decision will be whether or not to ensure all revenue from the state’s fuel taxes will go towards...
Accelerated Construction Article November 04, 2016
Vermont’s narrow scenic roadways and challenging landscapes make innovative bridge construction essential.   A recent project in Hartford involved two complete bridge replacements (bridges 43N and 43S) on I-91. These two bridges carry significant traffic over U.S. Rte. 5, which also is a high-...
Roads Report Article November 04, 2016
Memory blanks Earlier this year, the Automobile Association in England discovered an alarming phenomenon: More than one in seven drivers regularly experiences memory gaps while behind the wheel.   Researchers polled more than 27,000 drivers and found that 15% were “quite often or very often” unable...
Transit News November 04, 2016
After months of construction on the Amtrak route between Detroit and Chicago, service has returned to normal, just in time for the upcoming holiday season.   Three round-trip trains per day have been restored on the Wolverine line. In addition, 10 extra trains will be added during the Thanksgiving...
Highway Construction News November 04, 2016
Georgia transportation officials broke ground Thursday on an $800 million project hailed as the “center puzzle piece” of a broader overhaul of I-285 and Georgia 400.   During the next four years, construction crews will add new flyover ramps and collector-distributor lanes to improve east-west...
Safety Case Studies November 04, 2016
In June 2015, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) published "Effectiveness of Temporary Rumble Strips in Alerting Motorists in Short-Term Surveying Work Zones," by Hong Yang, Ph.D, Kann Ozbay, Ph.D, and Bekir Bartin. (The paper is available from the ASCE Library for a fee).   In their...
News November 02, 2016
A spark led to a buckle, and that buckle created a blockage that will be costly.   The Pennsylvania DOT has assessed fire damage to the Liberty Bridge at more than $3 million, which according to the contract will be charged to contractor Joseph B. Fay.   Fay was working an $80 million renovation...
Corrosion Instruments Equipment Products November 01, 2016
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Corrosion Instruments Equipment Videos November 01, 2016
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Corrosion Instruments Equipment Videos November 01, 2016
Watch a preview of this online training, where you will learn the causes and types of corrosion, as well as how it can be identified, monitored and controlled.
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