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I-80 bridges over Des Plaines River, Joliet, Illinois
News April 19, 2019
The Illinois DOT (IDOT) announced that regularly scheduled inspections of the I-80 bridges over the Des Plaines River in Joliet are set to begin April 29.   Daily lane closures will be required, starting with the westbound bridge until May 6, when inspections begin on the eastbound bridge....
Arlington Memorial Bridge

Image: ARTBA

News April 03, 2019
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the recently released U.S. DOT 2018 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database reveals that 47,052 of U.S. bridges are classified as structurally deficient and in poor condition.   Vehicles of all kinds cross these...
Chattanooga I-75 concrete railing collapse over I-24

Image: Tennessee DOT via Twitter

News April 02, 2019
Crews are continuing to work on emergency repairs today after a large chunk of concrete railing fell off an I-75 North bridge onto the I-24 westbound ramp below in Chattanooga, Tenn., late Monday morning, injuring one person.   A section of I-75 was closed down to traffic after the collapse, near...
I-80 bridge span Joliet, Ill.
Article April 01, 2019
Joliet, Ill., was at one time a true blue-collar city. Steel fabrication echoed through the streets of this river dwelling … a constant buzz was in the air.   Today that collar is badly faded and has a couple of noticeable stains on it, one being the I-80 bridge over the Des Plaines River,...
High Bridge arch span deck finishing
Article April 01, 2019
The Smith Avenue Bridge, known as the High Bridge, spanning the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minn., consists of three continuous tied steel arch main spans with steel multi-girder approach spans.   Originally constructed in 1987, the main spans consist of a 502-ft full arch (Span 4) and two half...
Mississippi DOT emergency bridge closures

Image: Mississippi DOT

News March 27, 2019
Under the authority of Gov. Phil Bryant’s April 2018 emergency bridge closure proclamation, the Mississippi DOT (MDOT) today was directed to begin immediately closing at least 34 local bridges.   “If these bridges remain open, it will not only present a safety hazard to the traveling public but...
Northbound Lake Shore Drive bridge structural cracking emergency

Image: @RoseanneTellez on Twitter

News February 12, 2019
Transportation officials in the city of Chicago have shut down the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive at the bridge over the Chicago River due to what is being referred to as a structural emergency.   Crews first spotted cracks in the support beams of the structure around 10 a.m. Monday beneath...
Erie Canal bridge rehabilitation Modjeski and Masters

Image: Modjeski and Masters

News January 23, 2019
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) recently awarded a contract to Modjeski and Masters for the rehabilitation of two vertical-lift bridges over the Erie Canal.   As the prime consultant on this contract, Modjeski and Masters will provide a full inspection of all structural,...
White Oak Borough Allegheny County PennDOT bridge

Image: PennDOT / Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners

News December 03, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently announced that its significant project to replace 558 poor-condition bridges statewide is nearly complete, with 511 structures completed and open to traffic in the state's P3 effort for bridges, the Rapid Bridge Replacement project...
News October 15, 2018
The Sunshine Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. James Parish in Louisiana is closed indefinitely after a barge collided with the bridge early Friday morning.   The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) shared photos of the bridge which showed one of the main load-...
Montopolis Bridge in Austin, Texas

Image: Larry D. Moore [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

News October 09, 2018
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is moving forward with rehabilitating the 80-year-old steel truss Montopolis Bridge in Austin in order to preserve the structure as a hike and bike trail, indefinitely closing the bridge off to vehicular traffic.   The work, which is part of the second...
Completed column and pier cap

Completed column and pier cap

Case Studies September 20, 2018
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) found corrosion-related deterioration of the pier caps and columns supporting the Butler Road bridge over I-385 in Greenville, S.C., during a routine inspection. The corrosion was caught early enough and was limited to only one column and a...
I-74 crossing in Quad Cities
Article September 04, 2018
The state line intersection of Illinois and Iowa is banded by the Mississippi River.   Crossings are few, relative to the raw mileage of the river, making each bridge crucially important to commerce, tourism and run-of-the-mill commuting. In the Quad Cities region, a pair of dated structures,...
Several people reported dead after bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy

Source: screen capture, CNN.com

News August 14, 2018
At least 37 people have died after a section of a highway bridge in northern Italy partially collapsed Tuesday, according to Italian officials.   CNN reports that Angelo Borrelli, head of the Italian Civil Protection Agency, told journalists that around 30 vehicles and several heavy-duty trucks...
Savanna and Sabula bridge
Article May 01, 2018
There are stretches along the Mississippi River that to this day have seen limited human intervention or imposition, a remarkable fact.   One such stretch is located along the meeting of northwestern Illinois and southeastern Iowa, adjacent to U.S. Rte. 52. There the foliage is dense, and despite...
Delaware DOT settles lawsuit with four firms over I-495 bridge repairs
News April 10, 2018
Following months of negotiations, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has tentatively settled a legal battle that sprung from a months-long emergency shutdown of I-495 outside of Wilmington in 2014.   DuPont and three other companies have agreed to pay an as-yet undisclosed amount to...
FIU bridge collapse
News April 06, 2018
The family of Florida International University (FIU) freshman Alexa Duran, who was killed in last month's pedestrian bridge collapse, has filed a lawsuit in connection with the FIU bridge collapse.   Duran, 18, was the first of six people to be identified after the pedestrian bridge that connected...
FIU bridge collapse
Article April 03, 2018
What was left of the north section just laid there being poked and prodded.   Ten days removed from glory, five from tragedy, the accused segment of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University (FIU) in the city of Sweetwater laid lifeless on Southwest 8th Street on March 20. A mini-...
ABC bridge Pennsylvania
Article April 03, 2018
Bridge collapses are thankfully rare.   Yet in the face of tragedy, it is a trait perhaps natively human to seek restitution in advance of gathering all facts, to point fingers, and, oftentimes, to shout righteously into the wind. The reader is directed to any comment string or talkback on the web...
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...
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