Bridge Rescue

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...
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...
FIU bridge collapse
News March 23, 2018
Before workers began adjusting support cables at the north end of the Florida International University (FIU) bridge that collapsed and killed six people last week, they performed the same work at the opposite end of the bridge, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a statement...
FIU bridge collapse investigation
News March 21, 2018
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asked the inspector general of her department to probe whether a federally funded pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six in Florida complied with all rules, her office said on Tuesday.   Chao said in a letter she has asked for an audit to determine...
Bridge collapse

Bridge collapse

News March 19, 2018
Five days after the deadly bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) there are still a lot of unknowns, but this is what we know:   The number of confirmed dead is six, and 10 people were injured;   There have been conflicting reports as to what was being done on the bridge prior to...
Bridge collapse

The NTSB continues to investigate the FIU bridge collapse. NTSB photo

News March 17, 2018
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently released a fact sheet on the bridge collapse near Florida International University (FIU).   Among the bullet points is the following:   Under the terms of the procurement issued by FIU and due to the unique characteristics of the design of...
Bridge collapse

After a two-hour presentation on cracking that was discovered on the north end of the pedestrian bridge it was concluded that the span was safe. AP Photo

News March 17, 2018
The design-build team of MCM and FIGG Bridge Group met for two hours the morning of March 15, not long before the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University (FIU) collapsed on top of drivers waiting at a red light on Southwest Eighth Street in the city of Sweetwater, killing at least six...
Bridge collapse

A dashcam shows the collapse of FIU's pedestrian bridge on March 15.

News March 17, 2018
A video showing a driver's view of the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University March 15 was made available late Friday night. To view the video, click here.
Bridge collapse

Recovery efforts are still underway at the FIU bridge collapse site, but Florida DOT is claiming it received a voice mail about cracks in the span a day after the collapse. Associated Press photo

News March 16, 2018
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) stepped in on Friday with what could be a vital piece of information concerning the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge that collapsed on March 15 in the city of Sweetwater.   FDOT revealed the span’s designer, FIGG Bridge...
Bridge collapse

NTSB officials have still not been able to access the FIU bridge accident site. AP Photo

News March 16, 2018
As rescue workers continued recovery efforts at the site of the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in the city of Sweetwater on Friday, officials were waiting to get a chance to do their job.   At least six have been confirmed dead and more may be pulled from the rubble...
Bridge collapse

Crews work to rescue anyone who might be trapped under the FIU pedestrian bridge. Photo courtesy of @GabrielaRose12.

News March 15, 2018
More details are flowing in concerning the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in the city of Sweetwater.   Crews installed a 950-ton span in place on Saturday, and witnesses say the span dropped on Tamiami Trail without warning and when drivers were stopped at a red...
Miami FIU bridge collapse

Image: NBC News

News March 15, 2018
Multiple people* have reportedly died and several have been injured as a result of a pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.    Multiple agencies have responded to the scene. Lt. Alejandro Camacho, the Florida Highway...
Rhode Island gets $20 million grant to fix bridges along Rte. 37
News March 07, 2018
According to a statement released by the office of Senator Jack Reed (D.), the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will receive a $20 million grant to help pay for the repair and replacement of bridges along Rte. 37.   The total cost of the repair and replacement project to improve...
Officials in Hawaii change weight limits on island bridges

Photo: Eric Guinther 

News February 16, 2018
Hawaii state officials are implementing new weight limit restrictions for bridges on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai as the result of a recent calculation reassessment taking heavy truck loads into account.   While most passenger vehicles should not be affected, emergency vehicles,...
The Umpqua River Bridge in Oregon was kept in service while structure strengthening occurred in several locations.

The Umpqua River Bridge in Oregon was kept in service while structure strengthening occurred in several locations.

Case Studies January 25, 2018
The Umpqua River Bridge along the Oregon Coast Highway (U.S. 101) in Reedsport, Ore., is a swing-span bridge flanked by two tied reinforced concrete arches on each side. The bridge was opened in 1936 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Due to the age and deterioration...
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