Bridges

Welcome to the Bridges Channel, a special feature that provides the user an in-depth look at the bridge industry. This section offers several areas to explore: product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list. 

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...
crane

Image: ALL Family of Companies

News November 13, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule last week that delayed its deadline for crane operators to be certified by one year until Nov. 10, 2018.   OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely...
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...
Cranes
Case Studies November 08, 2017
A nearly decade-long federal push to upgrade railroad tracks and bring high-speed rail service between the Midwest metropolises of Chicago and St. Louis is getting closer to fruition. Central Contractors Service of Crestwood, Ill., a member of the ALL Family of Companies, played a critical role in...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Federal UAV pilot program to expand drone use
News October 26, 2017
President Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao have announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program, an initiative aimed at exploring expanded use of drones. The new program will allow companies and local governments to use drones in ways that the Federal Aviation...
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...
UAV bridge inspection
Article October 05, 2017
Drones. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Regardless of how they are referred, these highly versatile machines continue to gain traction, expanding beyond recreational use into commercial applications.   The civil engineering industry is a leader, exploring uses for the...
Virginia DOT to perform geological testing at Natural Bridge State Park
News October 05, 2017
As part of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) work with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation at Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County, a geological analysis is being performed on the formation known as Natural Bridge, atop which runs Route 11.   VDOT...
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