Bridge Rescue

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Article June 26, 2017
The only reinforced-concrete bridge deck inspection technique required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is visual inspection.   The process of visual inspection includes an inspector looking at the surface of a deck for cracks, potholes, efflorescence and other signs of deterioration....

Image source: Georgia Department of Transportation

News May 15, 2017
The Georgia Deptartment of Transportation (GDOT) reopened a collapsed section of I-85 in downtown Atlanta by the evening of Saturday, May 13, officially completing a six-week effort to restore the section of highway that normally carries nearly 250,000 vehicles a day.   The southbound lanes on I-85...
Article May 02, 2017
When the flames were still full of life, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) was staring at plans from about three decades ago.   The I-85 bridge over Piedmont Road in metro Atlanta was burning on March 30, but officials were hopeful portions would be spared, and they wanted to be ready...
Article May 02, 2017
The city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a maritime province of Canada, is an oft-overlooked, but historically dynamic community, with its foggy inlets described by the writer Howard Norman as inspiring a “sudden noir of the mind.”   This peninsular city is fronted on three sides by bodies of water, the...
Article May 02, 2017
When the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge collapsed tragically in Minneapolis in 2007, the state’s legislature wasted no time in passing legislation in 2008 for a 10-year Bridge Replacement Program focused on bridges classified as either structurally deficient or fracture critical.   According to...

Image source: David Goldman/AP

News March 31, 2017
Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has declared a state of emergency for Fulton County, Ga., after a huge fire caused a bridge on I-85 to collapse in Atlanta on Thursday night.   With the heavily used road closed in both directions, Georgia transportation officials are telling drivers to find other options—from...

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News March 27, 2017
A team of research technicians from the Bowen Laboratory at Purdue University’s Lyles College of Civil Engineering recently employed a sensor system developed by the Bridge Engineering Center at Iowa State University on the CR 250 E bridge in Lebanon, Ind., for a load bearing test that could...

Bridge render, courtesy: Minnesota Department of Transportation

News February 27, 2017
Construction to rehabilitate the Kennedy Bridge near the North Dakota-Minnesota border is ready to get underway, with the bridge set for an extensive $15.7 million restoration. For the next two years, roughly 23,000 cars a day will flow one lane in each direction as the bridge becomes a beehive of...
News February 22, 2017
The Washington Post has released an infographic map that utilizes ARTBA's recently released structurally deficient bridge data to highlight those bridges throughout the U.S. that are considered to be of concern.   The infographic can be found here.

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

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...
News October 12, 2016
A pair of stream crossings on SH 13  in Wisconsin between Ashland and Mellen are finally nearing completion after a 1,000-year storm caused massive washouts two months ago.   Torrential rains washed out culverts at both crossings, as well as hundreds of cubic yards of fill material from the Trout...
News September 19, 2016
Work will soon begin on rehabilitating a historic bridge crossing the Mississippi River in Winona, Minn.   The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has approved the second-to-last work package for the bridge for $38.9 million.   Ames Construction was awarded the contract. MnDOT said the...
News September 07, 2016
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is planning for a rapid bridge replacement of the East Shore Expressway Bridge in East Providence in just 80 hours beginning Friday, September 9.   According to the agency, conventional replacement would take a year and cause prolonged traffic...
News July 25, 2016
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has approved a $1 million emergency project to replace a U.S. Route 202 bridge in Bernardsville damaged by recent heavy rains and flooding.   The work is taking place despite the suspension of Transportation Trust Fund projects on July 8 that...
News June 28, 2016
Fourteen bridges in Beaver County, Pa., are to be replaced by the end of 2017, with three of those projects to commence in July.   The three bridges have been in use for a combined 240 years, which underscores the need for immediate repairs and upgrades to those structures.   The projects are a...
Article May 09, 2016
The Florida Keys are renowned for colorful sunsets, world-class fishing and enduring landmarks such as the Southernmost Point in Key West.   Yet many of the islands making up the Keys are less well-known, enjoyed by a small group of residents and loyal tourists. It was on one of these more...
A Michigan bridge that went from four months to just four days in construction time.

A Michigan bridge that went from four months to just four days in construction time.

Case Studies May 06, 2016
In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers conducted its latest comprehensive assessment of U.S. infrastructure systems. The results painted a grim picture, with the country earning a D+ grade. Along with the unsatisfactory score, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association...
News May 04, 2016
Nearly 20 bridges in South Dakota are in the process of being replaced or improved thanks to new funding passed by the state legislature. The South Dakota Transportation Commission approved $8 million for bridge improvement projects across the state.   The state’s Secretary of Transportation Darin...
News April 18, 2016
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has issued its notice to proceed to North Perimeter Contractors to begin work on the $800 million I-285/SR 400 Improvement Project in Atlanta.   According to GDOT, the corridor handles 420,000 vehicles. As of now the notice authorizes right of way...
News April 11, 2016
Indiana’s East-West Toll Road is set to receive a $200 million makeover and work begins today. According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, it is to be the largest project undertaken by the toll road since its original construction in 1954.   The project’s scale includes the...
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