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. 

White House
News August 16, 2017
President Trump on Tuesday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.   Trump's latest executive order would speed approvals of permits...
News August 14, 2017
The tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., plus Trump's hesitation about working with Democrats on his infrastructure bill, I-84 redesign plans in Hartford and I-77 toll opposition in N.C. To hear the latest podcast, click here.
Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

Image source: WTOP/Megan Cloherty

News August 11, 2017
The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., transports 70,000 vehicles daily over the Anacostia River, and officials released a design for the bridge's replacement Thursday.   Construction begins at year’s end on the $441 million project, which will also rebuild the Suitland Parkway...
Railroad crossing
News August 09, 2017
A $7.5 million federal grant will help restore rail service through northern Mississippi, aided by a $4.3 million state loan and $3.2 million in private money.   The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it's awarding the grant to rehabilitate 90 miles of what was once the...
Milwaukee Zoo interchange
Article August 08, 2017
Whether he is executing the reconstruction of a complex, urban interchange or coaching a fourth-grade basketball team, Ryan Luck lives by one philosophy: “It’s not how you start the game. It’s how you finish. And, we want to finish strong.”   Luck is the construction chief for the Wisconsin...
News August 07, 2017
Have you ever seen President Trump play volleyball? He needs a major score with the American people right now, and focusing on an infrastructure bill is the ticket. Also, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is set to be demolished in 2019 and there is a bicycle vigilante on the loose. To hear the latest...
Railroad crossing
News August 07, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) will award a $7.89 million grant to help fund a railroad bridge repair project in Maine, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced yesterday.   The grant is being awarded under the U.S. DOT FASTLANE grant program. The funding will be provided to...
Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle

Image source: Washington Department of Transportation

News August 04, 2017
As the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) prepares to open the new S.R. 99 tunnel, demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is slated for early 2019 in Seattle.   WSDOT launched an online open house Thursday to show the public what the work will look like and start allowing comment...
Scaffolding system at new Desmond Bridge in Long Beach

Image source: Scott Varley, Press-Telegram/SCNG via Los Angeles Daily News

News August 02, 2017
Construction crews lifted a massive 3.1 million-lb piece of scaffolding on Tuesday in Long Beach, Calif., as part of the construction of a bridge connecting Long Beach to Terminal Island.   Workers in hard hats looked to the sky as a crew hoisted the $10 million steel piece of equipment designed in...
News July 31, 2017
Back from vacation, which was full of stress. Also the latest on the Bonner Bridge brown out, U.S. DOT funding and the New NY Bridge, now called the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. To listen to the podcast, click here.
New Tappan Zee Bridge, New York
News July 28, 2017
The first half of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement will open Aug. 25.   Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the date during an infrastructure-focused presentation to the Association for a Better New York in Manhattan Thursday morning. The opening of the $3.9 billion bridge—now officially called the Gov....
Corroded culvert
Case Studies July 27, 2017
In January 2016, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) placed a project for public bid which included repair of several large-diameter highway culverts and a single box culvert. CDOT had specified a spray-applied culvert lining under a special revision to Section 603 of their standard...
Flex route gantry over U.S. 23 lanes in Michigan
News July 25, 2017
Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Transportation started constructing what will be Michigan's first flex route. This new smart road traffic system will manage traffic congestion and promote safety on U.S. 23 just north of Ann Arbor, from M-14 to M-36 (9 Mile Road).   Orange barrels and...
Case Studies July 18, 2017
The I-465/I-65 highway interchange project is a major undertaking in Indianapolis that includes $19.6 million in bridge replacements. With jobs this big, having the right-size, right-price equipment is vital to keeping budgets on track without sacrificing quality and safety. This is precisely why...
News July 18, 2017
What is going on in Washington, D.C.? Trump's trillion has turned into Trump's $200 billion, U.S. DOT may be the victim of significant cuts, and more. To hear the podcast, click here.
News July 10, 2017
Who knew hemp had so many uses? We also toured the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange project and you can hear the interview with Project Manager Mark Klipstein. Industry news covers MoDOT's preservation strategy, Oregon's bike tax and a man's bucket list wish. To hear the podcast, click here.  
News July 10, 2017
Illinois road construction projects that were shut down by the budget impasse will get started again sometime next week, now that the legislature has passed a major income tax increase and spending plan.   Illinois had gone 736 days without a budget, and the state told road contractors it would not...

A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

Article July 05, 2017
MAINE: Up in salmon countryby Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   “Engineering used to be about mobility, but now it’s more about reliability and safety. Speed is not a primary concern for us.”   “Us” being the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), as exemplified by Chief Engineer Joyce...
Article July 05, 2017
In the principal transit corridor between New York and Boston, the interchange of I-95, I-91 and S.R. 34 in New Haven, Conn., is heavily travelled, to say the least.   I-95 N/S in particular traverses a densely developed urban area and borders environmentally sensitive New Haven Harbor. Built in...
News July 05, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has withdrawn from the group overseeing the Gateway Program, the massive regional project that aims to double rail capacity between New York and New Jersey.   Billed as the largest and most important transit project in the northeast, the $23.9...
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