Bridge Design

FIU bridge
News May 14, 2018
The Miami Herald has reportedly obtained documents from Florida International University (FIU) through a public records request that indicate cracks were observed in the newly installed campus pedestrian bridge two weeks before its deadly collapse.   Photographs and an internal email that had...
Sam White Bridge MBI move

Night work on Michael Baker International’s Sam White Bridge move in 2011 using SPMTs.

Article April 03, 2018
The whole point is about safety. At least, that is one of many benefits of accelerated bridge construction (ABC) as explained by those who have been heavily involved in the process for dozens of ABC projects over the last decade.   According to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) final...
FIU bridge collapse
News March 27, 2018
According to reports from The Associated Press (AP), construction of the FIU pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people was behind schedule and millions over budget, partially due to a key change in the design and placement of one of its support towers.   Documents obtained by AP last...
JTB Bridge

The main Flyover 1 bridge is a new ramp carrying traffic from SB I-95 to EB JT Butler Blvd., designed to alleviate traffic jams and safety issues caused by the previous configuration.

Article February 02, 2018
When it comes to bridge design, advancements in technology often take a long time to be widely accepted. After all, if a technique has been proven to work, why reinvent the wheel?   For some time, this has been the thinking when it comes to spliced girder bridges. Traditionally, spliced girder...
Ship Channel Bridge
Article February 02, 2018
The fast-growing city of Houston, Texas, will soon see construction begin on a world-class cable-stayed bridge intended to relieve congestion and improve safety on one of the busiest toll road networks in the country.   Located on the eastern side of the city, this new signature bridge will replace...
SH 288 in Houston

The updated SH 288 will include 40 new bridges and the rehabilitation of 13 bridges.

Article January 29, 2018
The city of Houston is booming, with new construction and development projects happening across the city at an astounding rate.   Texas State Highway 288 (SH 288) is a critical north-south transportation corridor for the greater Houston metro region, and it is under the strain of the region's...
Lewis and Clark Bridge in Williston, North Dakota

Image source: N.D. Department of Transportation project site

News September 01, 2017
The Lewis and Clark Bridge on U.S. Hwy. 85, south of Williston, N.D., greeted the month of September by opening to traffic.   “[The] opening of the Lewis and Clark Bridge marks a major milestone in the history of North Dakota's transportation system,” Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford said. “This bridge is a...
Gordie Howe International Bridge

Image source: Dan Janisse/Windsor Star

News August 23, 2017
Construction of the long-awaited new Windsor-Detroit border crossing bridge has been set back by a year because of the complex bidding process, meaning it likely will not be completed until 2023.   The three consortiums vying to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge were informed within the...
I-4 Ultimate In Orlando logo
News August 21, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2017, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine visited the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla. The 21-mile project site is presently at the midpoint of its construction, and the scale was enormous. We brought our 360 camera along for the trip.
Northbound on Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
News June 08, 2017
The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission—commonly called the Causeway Commission—on Wednesday kicked off a design competition for improvements to the nearly six-decade-old Causeway Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain.   The Commission is giving four firms 90 days to draw up preliminary designs for...
Harbor Bridge

Image source: YouTube/Harbor Bridge Project

News April 04, 2017
Crews broke ground last week on the $809.2 million Harbor Bridge replacement project, a structure that, by 2020, will be the new link from downtown Corpus Christi to North Beach and attractions like the U.S.S. Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium.   The U.S. Highway 181 bridge project was...
new signature bridge spanning Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami

Image source: Miami Today

News December 21, 2016
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is closer than ever to final plans to improve I-395 and build a new signature bridge spanning Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami.   If the current timetable unfolds without unexpected detours, work on the massive project should begin within 12...
A new bridge approach slab design and performance measures in Louisiana
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...
Exterior image of completed pedestrian bridge

Exterior image of completed pedestrian bridge. Photo courtesy of Harrison Photographic.

Article September 06, 2016
The new 390-ft-long international border crossing between San Diego, Calif., and Tijuana, Mexico, may appear to be a simple through-truss structure, but like many signature structures of its kind, the clean lines and aesthetic appeal surround a much more complex engineering undertaking.   The Cross...
News July 14, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) today announced a partnership with South Carolina for an estimated $75 million project to replace existing Interstate 20 bridges over the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal, and add lanes on I-20 to Exit 1 in South Carolina. The project will enhance safety and operations...
Innovative bridge designed to withstand impact of earthquakes and remain usable
News May 17, 2016
Mehdi "Saiid" Saiidi, Foundation Professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Engineering, is leading something of a revolution in the field of earthquake engineering for bridges.   For years, bridges in seismically active zones have been designed...
News October 19, 2015
Following approval from the Montgomery County, Pa., board of commissioners, bridges in Hanover, West Pottsgrove, Towamencin, Douglass, Lower Salford and Lower Merion townships will be replaced.   An investment of approximately $931,500 is being made, in effort to shore up a glaring need in the...
News October 01, 2015
In a statement issued by T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), it was announced that the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge New East Span (East Span) has received the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) Outstanding Structure Award 2015.   This prestigious, annual award is...
News August 13, 2015
The county seat of Williamson County now has boasting rights to an Illinois first: a  diverging diamond interchange. Planning for the project, which opened yesterday to traffic, dates back to 2003.   Moreover, the recently renamed The Hill Avenue, formerly Morgan Avenue, was widened to satisfy...
VDOT builds the compact panel bridge on Route 721 in Fredericksburg, Va.

VDOT builds the compact panel bridge on Route 721 in Fredericksburg, Va.

Case Studies June 25, 2015
Like many of the aging bridges in the nation, a 63-year-old bridge in Fredericksburg, Va., was deemed ready for retirement. After inspection, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) determined that the two-lane, steel and beam bridge was no longer safe for motorists and needed to be...
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