Bridge Construction

WSDOT snow bridge

Image: WSDOT

News November 17, 2017
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) workers completed a second avalanche bridge on I-90 this past week in an eight-year effort to increase safety and traffic flow on Snoqualmie Pass.   The effort is part of phase one of a 15-mile project, stretching from Hyak to Easton. Phase one...
Champlain bridge foundations
Case Studies November 17, 2017
The new Champlain Bridge spanning 3.4 km over the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Brossard, Quebec, is being constructed alongside the current aging Champlain Bridge. The concrete-and-steel bridge is being built with an expected lifespan of 125 years. All work is being done under the...
Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
News November 15, 2017
Iowa drivers are presently paying 10 cents more per gallon than they did just a few years ago, and while tax increases are no friend to most political leaderships, in Iowa benefits are already being realized.   The state’s gas tax hike has produced an extra $515 million for state and local...
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
News November 10, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has put a halt on contract letting for its 30 Crossing project due to a complication in the verbiage describing the purpose and aim of the project, one that AKDOT says will preclude federal funding of projects in the region.   According to the...
MLK St. Louis
Article November 06, 2017
How do you rehab a 65-year-old bridge that serves as a key point of traffic relief and a route directly into downtown St. Louis with limited original structure information? This is a challenge the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Modjeski and Masters Inc. faced during a recent...
Angus L. Macdonald
Article November 01, 2017
For Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge has been an iconic structure for more than 60 years. Years that, as the bridge spans an occasionally rough and always popular Atlantic waterway (Halifax Harbour), had taken a significant toll. As noted in our May 2017 issue (“A new life for...
Gallants Channel Road
Article November 01, 2017
This did not answer to Matthew or Hermie or Joaquin. Hurricanes have a way of doing their own thing regardless of how many times you plead with them or curse them out.    The best way is to just deal, and prime contractor Conti Enterprises Inc. learned quickly how to prep for Hurricane Joaquin, the...
Boyers Mill
Article November 01, 2017
Private lake. Crucial drinking water source. Popular recreation area. Restricted homeowners association lacking a degree of pedestrian mobility.   And in the middle of it a bridge past its service life. For Frederick County, Md., it was an opportunity to do something never before done in the state...
Garden State Parkway
Article November 01, 2017
The Garden State Parkway in New Jersey connects land in the state separated by Great Egg Harbor, with two recently replaced bridge structures separated by Drag Island. South of the island is the structure over Great Egg Harbor Bay, made up of 21 spans of precast, pre-stressed concrete bulb tee...
I-90 Fox River
Article November 01, 2017
Built in 1958, the I-90 Fox River Bridge a few years ago was suffering from deterioration on its beams. What’s more, the bridge deck was nearing the end of its useful lifespan, and the estimated cost of rehabilitating and widening the bridge was 76% the cost to replace it.   “We’ve been out there...
Route 29
Article November 01, 2017
Charlottesville, Va., is an historic city that was home to several of our founding fathers, and today hosts the Virginia Film Festival and houses the University of Virginia.   It also is home to a portion of U.S. Rte. 29 which cuts through the city as it makes its way from Pensacola, Fla., to...
Lesner Bridge
Article November 01, 2017
The scenic north shore region of Virginia Beach, Va., is a popular location for locals and summer vacationers.   The main east-west thoroughfare in this area is Shore Drive (Rte. 60), seeing an average of 40,000 travelers per day. Along Shore Drive are two bridges constructed in 1958 and 1967,...
NJ Parkway
Article November 01, 2017
With the recent completion of the Garden State Parkway realignment over Rte. 17 in Paramus, N.J., the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) continues to upgrade the historic, 172-mile Garden State Parkway (GSP) to improve operations and safety.   The $68 million improvements to I-163, a partial...
Bent 1 cap demo

The pier replacement was a success on Bent 1 of Ramp C on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Article November 01, 2017
The sustained focus on rebuilding our transportation infrastructure is accompanied by an objective that rivals controlling project costs: Keep the traffic in motion.   At Ramp C to the Brooklyn Bridge, an innovative temporary support system was engineered to enable replacement of failing concrete...
I-64 High Rise Bridge
News October 25, 2017
The Commonwealth Transportation Board in Virginia awarded a $409.6 million contract Tuesday to widen I-64 and build a new High Rise Bridge.   The project will widen I-64 from four to six lanes and add one high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane in each direction. The new High Rise Bridge will be built...
South Carolina roads to improve with gas tax funds
News September 19, 2017
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) officials met with local leaders in the Charleston area to discuss, in specific, how much money is expected to be generated for the region by the state’s new gas tax, and where that money is going to be spent   Following a “fix-it-first” approach...
News September 18, 2017
State DOTs come to the aid of Florida's DOT in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Va.'s I-66 project needs more money from the state, environmental streamlining building steam, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
crawler crane U.S. 52 bridge
Case Studies September 12, 2017
A stretch of U.S. Highway 52 is getting a new bridge to span the Mississippi River between Savanna, Ill., and Sabula, Iowa. The existing truss bridge was built back in 1932, nearly a decade before the country got involved in World War II, and has exceeded its useful life. It will be replaced with a...
News September 11, 2017
Sixteen years ago today, America changed forever . . . and I first found out about it in an elevator. Plus, an interview with Dale Keller of the Nevada DOT on the progress of Project Neon in Las Vegas, federal highway funding levels will remain flat, the Highway Trust Fund continues to stumble...
Northeast Extension bridge

Image source: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission via The Morning Call

News September 11, 2017
Under the direction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, a Northeast Extension bridge in Lehigh County, Pa., will be demolished and replaced at the end of the month in a matter of days—the quick turnaround, however, will create a detour more than an hour long and push more traffic onto already...
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