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The Jumping Fish sculpture Sarasota, Florida
The Jumping Fish sculpture stands 16 ft high by 12 ft wide in the center island of the modern roundabout at Cocoanut Avenue & Palm Avenue. The sculpture was selected from among 140 submissions and is the 84th piece in Sarasota’s Public Art Collection. It was sculpted in 2019 by Jeff Laramore. Image courtesy of City of Sarasota; photography by Nate Ilardi.
Sarasota, Florida is a city that has long proudly supported the arts. The city’s vibrant arts scene includes the Ringling College of Art and Design, the famous Ringling Museum, an opera house, a ballet company, and the Sarasota Art Museum. Thanks to visionaries, the City’s Public Art Collection…
February 22, 2021
The Veterans Memorial Bridge is a new two-lane bridge crossing the Halifax River. The 1,884-ft-long bridge replaces the existing Orange Avenue bascule bridge with a landmark monumental high-level arch bridge at an elevation of 65 ft. The project included the construction of a new two-lane bridge…
November 11, 2020
The Osceola Interchange project was created by the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) with the goal of enhancing access to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in advance of Disney’s largest-ever theme park capital expansion project: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Toy Story Land expansions…
November 11, 2020
Let’s open with the lauding. “The completion of the widening of SR 80 in Hendry County has enhanced the mobility and safety of the traveling public, commuters, and the trucking industry with the addition of lanes and lighting along the corridor. Excellent teamwork by project stakeholders and staff…
November 11, 2020
The Crosstown Parkway Extension creates a third crossing into Port St. Lucie, relieves traffic congestion, and provides an additional hurricane evacuation route. The corridor included approximately 1.5 miles of roadway improvements beginning at Manth Lane and a 0.75-mile bridge over the North Fork…
November 11, 2020
When is the best time to solve a problem? Answer: Before it happens. Resiliency is all about being proactive rather than reactive. Taking action today will save time, money, and lives down the road.  This is true for floods, wildfires, and, yes, pandemics. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown the…
September 04, 2020
A recent TRIP report found that the U.S. faces a heavy backlog when it comes to repairing and improving our rural transportation infrastructure across the country. The same report released by the transportation research nonprofit also showed that the nation’s rural areas are in need of immediate…
July 15, 2020
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) unveiled at a ceremony during the association’s 65th Annual Meeting in Maui, Hawaii, its annual Quality in Construction award winners.  As in years past, Roads & Bridges here brings you a look at some of the winners. Though NAPA bestows these…
March 02, 2020
Four studies have shown that soil quality is not harmed by slurry deposition, and at least some vegetation responds favorably to it.
Four studies have shown that soil quality is not harmed by slurry deposition, and at least some vegetation responds favorably to it. Photo: J Roberts
What is slurry? The dictionary defines slurry as “a watery mixture of insoluble matter.” The word describes a physical state and not a mixture’s components; countless kinds of slurry exist across many industries. Therefore, the environmental effects of a given slurry can only be determined by…
February 03, 2020
On U.S. 27, contractors replaced about 1,600 ft of roadway on each approach with an 11.5-in. layer of portland cement concrete pavement.
On U.S. 27, contractors replaced about 1,600 ft of roadway on each approach with an 11.5-in. layer of portland cement concrete pavement.
The city of Avon Park in Florida—so named for Stratford-upon-Avon in the United Kingdom, which is otherwise known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare—is not only the oldest city in Highlands County, but is also home to one of the county’s busiest intersections. That intersection would be none…
January 02, 2020
Regional Transportation Management Centers provided monitoring of evacuations
Regional Transportation Management Centers provided monitoring of evacuations through roadside intelligent transportation system devices and coordination of dynamic message sign traveler information.
When a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, in 1900, as many as 12,000 people were drowned by the flooding and swept into the sea. It was the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. The primary problem, in that case, was faulty weather forecasting, which precluded any attempt at evacuation. But…
December 02, 2019
The $5 million renovation of the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge in Pompano Beach has turned a 65-year-old functional structure into a local icon for viewers to enjoy, both above and below the overpass, whether riding in a vehicle, boating on the waterway, or taking a leisurely stroll next to the channel…
October 07, 2019
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