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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...
FIU bridge collapse
Article October 08, 2018
A federal judge recently blocked the release of documents that could reveal why the roadway under the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge had not been shut down upon discovery of severe cracking on the structure before it collapsed and killed six people, according to a report...
Panels were put in place to prepare for cast-in-place pour

Panels were put in place to prepare for cast-in-place pour

Case Studies October 05, 2018
A partially filled concrete grid bridge deck was selected as a major component of the solution for the lightweight superstructure replacement on I-895 over Patapsco River Flats for the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA).   Rummel, Klepper & Kahl LLP (RK&K) of Baltimore secured the...
Vine Street Expressway Philadelphia
Article October 04, 2018
Philadelphia’s Vine Street Expressway, part of I-676, is a 1.75-mile limited-access highway traveling east-west across the northern edge of the city’s central business district.   The expressway connects I-95 and I-76, and was designed to easily move traffic between the surrounding counties in...
interchange reconstruction
News October 01, 2018
The Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) latest plan to reconstruct the ailing I-65/I-70 North Split includes not adding more lanes, the agency announced recently.   The project goals include updating the 32 decaying bridges and pavement, and bring the interchange up to modern standards...
Liberty Bridge

Image: Scillystuff at English Wikipedia

News September 21, 2018
A majority of the three-year rehabilitation of Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge has been completed, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) officials.   Drivers, however, should anticipate periodic single-lane restrictions through late January as crews continue to make various...
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...
Bridge rebar dowel
Article September 19, 2018
The AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, 8th Edition, was published in November 2017. One change that occurred since the 7th Edition is the reorganization of Section 5, which is the design of bridge and ancillary structures constructed from reinforced concrete. The reorganization was headed up...
FIU bridge collapse
News September 19, 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Friday cited multiple contractors for safety violations after one employee suffered fatal injuries and five other employees sustained serious injuries when a pedestrian bridge at the Florida International...
transportation pilot projects
News September 17, 2018
State officials recently announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is aiming to increase opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) through a new pilot program where SBEs can compete to work as prime consultants on federally assisted engineering and design...
41st Street Pedestrian Bridge in Chicago
Case Studies September 12, 2018
This summer, a curving blue metal structure under construction along Chicago’s lake shore captured the attention of residents and local media because of its resemblance to a roller coaster. Had some enterprising amusement company chosen to build a thrill ride along Lake Michigan? Turns out that the...
Tappan Zee Cuomo Bridge
News September 10, 2018
UPDATE Sept. 10, 2018: The opening of the second span of the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge on Saturday was delayed after a piece of the old Tappan Zee Bridge, which is parallel to the new structure, became destabilized and threatened to fall, according to officials.   Traffic was restricted to a single...
U.S. 12 Wildcat Bridge Replacement design-build project Stantec

Image: Stantec

News September 07, 2018
Stantec, a global engineering, consulting and construction firm, recently announced that it will be leading the design of the comprehensive bridge replacement project of Wildcat Creek Bridge, on U.S. 12 east of White Pass, Wash., for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in...
Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway

The fixed $916 million contract for the design and construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway made it the largest single highway project in Arizona’s state history.

Article September 04, 2018
More than one year after major construction began on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, Arizona’s largest single highway project ever, progress has been swift.   Bridges have been built from the ground up, a massive amount of earth has been moved and compacted, and an emerging interchange has...
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,...
Jones Road bridge after construction

NJDOT completed the superstructure replacement over Jones Road in October 2017.

Article September 04, 2018
Fort Lee, N.J., is home to the second-worst traffic bottleneck in the country according to the American Transportation Research Institute.   This ongoing pain point was evident during the evaluation of a bridge handling 63,000 vehicles every day and serving as a connector to the nearby George...
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel sees 11,000 vehicle crossings per day, which increases to 25,000 daily crossings during the peak summer season.

Article September 04, 2018
When it opened in 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was considered one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern world—incorporating two-lane bridges and tunnels for vehicular traffic to get from southern Virginia to the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware.   The 17.6-mile vehicular toll...
Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project

Image: @newgdbridge on Twitter

News September 04, 2018
The bridge replacement project for the Gerald Desmond Bridge over the Port of Long Beach is being built with about 75 seismic sensors that will measure the forces imparted on the span when one of several nearby faults set off an earthquake.    The new bridge, which will stretch 8,800 ft over the...
U.S. Highway 95 Las Vegas
News August 30, 2018
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) recently hit a midpoint project milestone for a $78 million U.S. Highway 95 corridor upgrade that broke ground earlier this year in northwest Las Vegas.    General contractor Las Vegas Paving recently completed a new southbound U.S. Highway 95 bridge...
highway projects
News August 24, 2018
A plan on how to spend $4 billion on highway and transit projects over the next six years was adopted Thursday by the Wasatch Front Regional Council in Utah.   Projects newly added to the council's list, which is updated annually, range from the new West Davis Corridor freeway in Davis and Weber...
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