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. 

Redi-Rock Limestone texture retaining walls

Redi-Rock Limestone texture retaining walls

Case Studies September 22, 2017
The Lumpkin Road Reconstruction Project should have been relatively routine, but the deeper Houston’s Memorial City Redevelopment Authority dug, the more problems they encountered.   With design parameters stacking up on each other, meeting the tight budget and even tighter schedule proved...
The 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico caused significant infrastructure damage.

Image source: BGR

News September 21, 2017
The magnitude-7.1 earthquake that hit central Mexico this past Tuesday afternoon has left more than 200 people are dead. It is marked as the worst natural seismic event in the area in more than 30 years.   Geoffrey Abers, a geophysicist at Cornell University who uses the tools of earthquake...
South Carolina roads to improve with gas tax funds
News September 19, 2017
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) officials met with local leaders in the Charleston area to discuss, in specific, how much money is expected to be generated for the region by the state’s new gas tax, and where that money is going to be spent   Following a “fix-it-first” approach...
News September 18, 2017
State DOTs come to the aid of Florida's DOT in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Va.'s I-66 project needs more money from the state, environmental streamlining building steam, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
crawler crane U.S. 52 bridge
Case Studies September 12, 2017
A stretch of U.S. Highway 52 is getting a new bridge to span the Mississippi River between Savanna, Ill., and Sabula, Iowa. The existing truss bridge was built back in 1932, nearly a decade before the country got involved in World War II, and has exceeded its useful life. It will be replaced with a...
News September 11, 2017
Sixteen years ago today, America changed forever . . . and I first found out about it in an elevator. Plus, an interview with Dale Keller of the Nevada DOT on the progress of Project Neon in Las Vegas, federal highway funding levels will remain flat, the Highway Trust Fund continues to stumble...
Northeast Extension bridge

Image source: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission via The Morning Call

News September 11, 2017
Under the direction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, a Northeast Extension bridge in Lehigh County, Pa., will be demolished and replaced at the end of the month in a matter of days—the quick turnaround, however, will create a detour more than an hour long and push more traffic onto already...
Veer Kunwar Singh Bridge
Article September 07, 2017
The new Veer Kunwar Singh Bridge, formerly known as the Arrah-Chhapra Bridge, opened to traffic in June 2017 and connects the rapidly growing cities of Arrah and Chhapra in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar.   The bridge has a total length of 4.35 km, 1.96 km of which is composed of back-to-...
California I-110
Article September 07, 2017
It was all cracks . . . not a breakthrough. There was nothing uncovered about the top seven bridges on the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Most Traveled U.S. Structurally Deficient Bridges, 2016, list. Nor did it require any real innovation to remedy.   The bridge...
News September 05, 2017
Steve McGough, president and CFO of HCSS, offers a first-hand account of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Also, the Trump administration continues to work on an infrastructure bill, a trail could put the I-66 widening project in Va. in jeopardy, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
Lewis and Clark Bridge in Williston, North Dakota

Image source: N.D. Department of Transportation project site

News September 01, 2017
The Lewis and Clark Bridge on U.S. Hwy. 85, south of Williston, N.D., greeted the month of September by opening to traffic.   “[The] opening of the Lewis and Clark Bridge marks a major milestone in the history of North Dakota's transportation system,” Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford said. “This bridge is a...
Bayview Bridge illuminated (purple)
Article August 28, 2017
The Bayview Bridge glows like a magnificent beacon in the night in Quincy, Ill., draped in different colors and shades, set against the backdrop of a picture-perfect evening.   Known as Illinois' "Gem City" on the Mississippi River, Quincy remains a prominent river city with a population of more...
News August 25, 2017
In testimony before the Senate Transportation Committee, Mississippi County Engineer Jeff Dungan indicated that federal inspectors are presently targeting more than 2,000 county bridges that have wood supports, and that a likely result of this attention would be the closure of hundreds of such...
Gordie Howe International Bridge

Image source: Dan Janisse/Windsor Star

News August 23, 2017
Construction of the long-awaited new Windsor-Detroit border crossing bridge has been set back by a year because of the complex bidding process, meaning it likely will not be completed until 2023.   The three consortiums vying to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge were informed within the...
Construction on American Center for Mobility in Michigan
News August 22, 2017
Self-driving cars will begin taking test laps this December on the site of a famous World War II airplane factory in Michigan where B-24 Liberator bombers were produced every hour more than seven decades ago.   Driverless cars—some without steering wheels, accelerators or brake pedals—will race at...
News August 21, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2017, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine visited the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla. The 21-mile project site is presently at the midpoint of its construction, and the scale was enormous. We brought our 360 camera along for the trip.
News August 21, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2017, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine visited the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla. The 21-mile project site is presently at the midpoint of its construction, and the scale was enormous. We brought our 360 camera along for the trip. Here's another...
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...
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