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. 

Highway construction and engineering contracts
News December 10, 2018
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors approved one construction contract and eight professional engineering services contracts totaling more than $82.2 million at its November meeting.    This included $61 million for construction management contracts as part of the Illinois Tollway’s $4 billion...
State of the Industry Survey
Article December 03, 2018
Rising steel prices are indeed on the minds of road and bridge contractors, but they are not smothering craniums giving them endless noogies like a nasty big brother. Playing that role would be the never-ending skilled labor crisis, which is now starting to ignore the screams of the builder.   Of...
Oklahoma City I-235 BNSF rail bridge

The I-235 reconstruction included wheeling in preassembled sections of a rail bridge that carries the BNSF Railway over I-235/U.S. 77 in Oklahoma City. Image: Oklahoma DOT

Article December 03, 2018
OKLAHOMA: Staying vigilant “Oklahoma has a larger bridge system than Colorado or Florida. Most people don’t consider that.”   Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) Public Relations Chief Terri Angier made this remark in her interview with Roads & Bridges almost as a throwaway statement...
White Oak Borough Allegheny County PennDOT bridge

Image: PennDOT / Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners

News December 03, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently announced that its significant project to replace 558 poor-condition bridges statewide is nearly complete, with 511 structures completed and open to traffic in the state's P3 effort for bridges, the Rapid Bridge Replacement project...
I-77 Broadway Avenue bridge crawler crane
Case Studies November 28, 2018
Shutting down a main artery into a major metropolitan area is never a decision that is taken lightly. That is what was required this summer for reconstruction of the Broadway Avenue bridge over I-77 near downtown Cleveland. Kokosing Construction was the general contractor, working for the Ohio...
bridge construction Rhode Island
News November 26, 2018
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) recently announced the start of bridge rehabilitation work for the Wood River Valley Bridge on I-95 in the southern part of the state.   The large structure carries I-95 over Mechanic Street and the Wood River between Hopkinton and Richmond. The...
Lewiston-Queenston Bridge
News November 21, 2018
The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission officially announced that the second phase of a major modernization project at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge is underway, as part of an effort to improve efficiency at one of the busiest crossings along the U.S.-Canada border.   Phase Two of the project includes...
Harrison Avenue Bridge

Images: PennDOT

News November 19, 2018
On Veterans Day 2018 a rebuilt Col. Francis J. Duffy Memorial Park was rededicated in Scranton, Pa., where a recast bronze statue of the World War I “Spirit of America Doughboy” is now housed.   This new statue was one of the final tasks of the Harrison Avenue Bridge project.   The doughboy was...
Sharid K. Amiri
Article November 19, 2018
California, the fifth largest economy in the world and the most populous state in the union, is considered a seismic-prone state where earthquakes play an important role in shaping the design and construction of the infrastructure, critical to its economic well-being. The 1994 Northridge and the...
NTSB FIU bridge investigation November update

Image: NTSB

News November 16, 2018
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week released an investigative update on the collapse of the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge in Sweetwater, Fla., revealing significant errors made in the design of the bridge that collapsed and killed six people back in...
highway construction Pennsylvania toll road
News November 13, 2018
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is ready to begin construction of an interchange on the Southern Beltway in the Pittsburgh area.   The commission last week awarded a $116.2 million contract to Trumbull Corp. for the 2.75-mile section of the $800 million toll road. Preliminary work to clear...
ALL Crane Orlando I-4 project
Case Studies November 06, 2018
The metamorphosis of car travel in, around and through Orlando, Fla., continues with the expansive I-4 corridor project. This 21-mile, $2.3 billion project is completely changing the way traffic is routed and managed through one of the largest metroplex areas in the world. The ultimate goal is less...
I-235 highway widening and bridge project Oklahoma City

Image: Oklahoma DOT

News November 05, 2018
The project to widen I-235 to six through lanes and two auxiliary lanes from NW 36th Street to just north of NW 50th Street in Oklahoma City has been completed ahead of schedule and is now fully reopened to traffic.   Construction began in January 2017 and was projected to take about three years if...
New Champlain Bridge
Article November 02, 2018
This year’s selection for the top bridge project in North America is a multi-faceted, dynamic structure that faced more than its fair share of challenges, in both design and construction, and had the added burden of being not only a crucial thoroughfare to the city of Montreal but a replacement for...
Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge (U.S. 52)
Article November 02, 2018
The original U.S. 52 bridge that crossed the Mississippi River from Savanna, Ill., to Sabula, Iowa, was constructed in 1932 and served as a crucial connector for shipping goods across state lines. A 2010 bridge inspection identified 100 structural deficiencies that required $8 million in repairs...
Goethals Bridge Replacement Project
Article November 02, 2018
There were fingers showing in the marshy, swampy area in Staten Island, N.Y.   Any engineer would designate the scene for the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project as somewhat horrific. Located in a low-lying, wet and environmentally sensitive area, the New York side of the crossing offered design...
Sarah Mildred Long Bridge
Article November 02, 2018
Since when is a tugboat denied the opportunity to see things through?   It happened frequently on the Piscataqua River between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, N.H. With a bridge sitting at a 25° skew, tugboat operators had no choice but to release vessels right before the span, chug to the other...
Portageville Railroad Bridge
Article November 02, 2018
The first Portageville Bridge was constructed in 1852 from timber and burned down shortly after, according to contractor American Bridge Co. In 1875, the original structure was replaced by an iron bridge that consisted of 13 open-deck spans totaling 819 ft carrying a single track 235 ft above the...
St. Croix Crossing
Article November 02, 2018
This one mattered so much, it required an Act of Congress and a presidential signature to bring it home.   The St. Croix Crossing Bridge spans the St. Croix National Scenic Waterway, a federally protected waterway. In order for the work to proceed, the project required an exemption from the Wild...
U.S. 340 over South Fork Shenandoah River
Article November 02, 2018
The longest jointless steel bridge in Virginia, the U.S. Rte. 340 South Fork Bridge spans the South Fork Shenandoah River and the Norfolk Southern Railroad on the northern outskirts of Front Royal, Va.   The new bridge replaces a deteriorating structure built back in the early 1940s, which...
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