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. 

Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge steel girders

Image: PennLive

News February 22, 2018
The first of the steel girders for the nearly mile-long bridge that will carry the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania are in place.   Large cranes are being used to lift the girders about 180 ft to the top of two of the piers that have...
major highway projects
News February 21, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson announced the state’s intention to utilize federal Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle Bonds (GARVEE Bonds) to construct four major projects in three areas of Louisiana that have been...
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,...
Lafayette, Ind., bridge
Case Studies February 13, 2018
The city of Lafayette, Ind., is nearing completion of a years-long process to update one of its main thoroughfares, a 2.5-mile stretch of Sagamore Parkway. Cranes provided by Central Rent-A-Crane, a member of the ALL Family of Companies, are playing a crucial role in completion of the project.  ...
multimodal projects
News February 09, 2018
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that 45 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian, and ports and waterways projects will benefit communities in 22 counties through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund.   The $41.5 million investment follows PennDOT's...
JTB Bridge

The main Flyover 1 bridge is a new ramp carrying traffic from SB I-95 to EB JT Butler Blvd., designed to alleviate traffic jams and safety issues caused by the previous configuration.

Article February 02, 2018
When it comes to bridge design, advancements in technology often take a long time to be widely accepted. After all, if a technique has been proven to work, why reinvent the wheel?   For some time, this has been the thinking when it comes to spliced girder bridges. Traditionally, spliced girder...
Ship Channel Bridge
Article February 02, 2018
The fast-growing city of Houston, Texas, will soon see construction begin on a world-class cable-stayed bridge intended to relieve congestion and improve safety on one of the busiest toll road networks in the country.   Located on the eastern side of the city, this new signature bridge will replace...
Stearns Bayou Bridge
Article February 02, 2018
Nestled along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Grand River lies the small community of Grand Haven, Mich.   Grand Haven is the heart of Ottawa County, where more than 65% of the county’s area is covered by water. So, as you weave around the small community, flush with trees and...
PennDOT bridge, Allegheny County

Image: PennDOT / Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners

News February 02, 2018
Three years after its launch, Pennsylvania’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Program is falling short of its goal to replace 558 structurally deficient bridges.   According to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) statement, the $899 million public-private partnership’s (P3) 390th bridge...
bridge repair
News February 01, 2018
The state of New York plans to infuse an additional $250 million into rehabilitating and replacing worn-out bridges and culverts through the Bridge NY program.   The program, which provides grants to municipalities in the state, began in 2016 with an initial $200 million. It has led to more than...
bridges
News January 29, 2018
The nearly 48,000-mile Interstate Highway System literally moves the U.S. economy. It carries 75% of the nation’s heavy truck traffic. A new report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) finds there is the equivalent of one “structurally deficient”-rated bridge, on...
SH 288 in Houston

The updated SH 288 will include 40 new bridges and the rehabilitation of 13 bridges.

Article January 29, 2018
The city of Houston is booming, with new construction and development projects happening across the city at an astounding rate.   Texas State Highway 288 (SH 288) is a critical north-south transportation corridor for the greater Houston metro region, and it is under the strain of the region's...
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...
$1.9 billion I-405 widening in Orange County, Calif., gets underway
News January 22, 2018
Construction has begun on a $1.9 billion widening of California’s I-405, the largest project in the history of the Orange County Transportation Authority. The project is expected to run through 2023.   “That corridor is one of the most heavily congested corridors in the nation,” Ryan Chamberlain,...
podcast
News January 15, 2018
I have frost in my attic!! Help!! Also, Louisiana governor announces $600 million transportation plan, Arkansas motorists are not happy with the condition of the state's roads, and more. To hear the latest podcast, click here.
I-80 in Will County

Image: ILEPI

News January 15, 2018
An Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) study released last week emphasizes the growing safety and congestion problems on a 16-mile stretch of I-80 in the northeastern part of the state that connects six of Will County’s municipalities and traverses four waterways.   For the study, ILEPI...

Image: Maryland State Highway Administration

News January 10, 2018
The multimillion-dollar Severn River Bridge project in the Annapolis area is on track to be completed by Memorial Day, according to Maryland transportation officials.   The half-mile bridge on U.S. Rte. 50, now slightly ahead of schedule, will be widened from six lanes to seven lanes. A fourth...
bridge repair
News January 08, 2018
Recently introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate that would provide $75 billion over a decade into a new competitive grant program for repairing the nation’s structurally deficient bridges has received overwhelming support from groups representing road builders and civil engineers.   The Bridge...
I-25 Colorado

Image: Jenny Sparks / Loveland Reporter-Herald

News January 05, 2018
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will add express lanes in both directions of I-25 from Johnstown to Fort Collins.   CDOT approved the $248 million contract with Kraemer/IHC to add express lanes, replace aging bridges, widen other bridges, create new pedestrian and bicycle access...
bridge
Article January 03, 2018
Most department of transportation buildings do not have a door marked PRIVATE.   Since one figuratively does not exist, either because there is no interest in working with the private sector or it is simply not feasible, it is hard to see how President Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure...
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