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FIU pedestrian bridge collapse investigation
Bridges News May 25, 2018
The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the agency's ongoing investigation of the pedestrian bridge collapse that took place at Florida International Univerisity (FIU) on March 15 in the city of Sweetwater.   According to the report, the 174-ft-long bridge fell...
I-70 Colorado KUSA-TV (Denver)

Image: KUSA-TV (Denver)

Highway Construction News May 16, 2018
Colorado transportation leaders and local elected officials came together Tuesday to discuss plans to improve a congested stretch of I-70.   The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) held a press conference below the bridge at the I-70 and U.S. 6 interchange. According to officials, the...
FIU bridge
Bridges News May 14, 2018
The Miami Herald has reportedly obtained documents from Florida International University (FIU) through a public records request that indicate cracks were observed in the newly installed campus pedestrian bridge two weeks before its deadly collapse.   Photographs and an internal email that had...
Highway improvements
Highway Construction News May 10, 2018
The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) announced a new five-year plan Wednesday for highway construction projects that will come with a $3.4 billion price tag.   More than $1 billion will be invested in repairing state-owned bridges that are structurally deficient, many of which will...
infrastructure improvements
Road Construction News May 09, 2018
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for New York state to spend another $125 billion on infrastructure improvement projects over the next five years.   The Democratic governor announced Tuesday the proposal would be the next phase in his agenda to rebuild the state of New York and create thousands of...
ABC bridge earthquake testing
Accelerated Construction News May 08, 2018
Combined accelerated bridge construction methods were determined to be safe and ready for real-world application following tests using massive shake tables at the University of Nevada, Reno’s world-renowned Earthquake Engineering Laboratory.   The tests in April subjected a 70-ton, two-span, 70-ft-...
Bridge Construction News May 07, 2018
Galveston County commissioners voted last week to approve a resolution supporting the replacement of the Pelican Island Bridge with a $91 million, 75-ft high conventional bridge.   The selection of the $91 million proposal effectively puts any future plans for a rail line to Pelican Island on hold...
State of the bridges 2018
Bridges Article May 01, 2018
Some would say Mississippi is fortunate not to see all four seasons.   The weather is on the mild side for much of the year. Yet things still shrivel up in the state and have to wait for conditions to improve.   On April 12, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency, issuing a...
New Champlain Bridge over the St. Lawrence River

Rendering of the New Champlain Bridge over the St. Lawrence River in Montreal, Quebec.

Bridge Construction Article May 01, 2018
Opened to traffic in 1962, the existing Champlain Bridge over the St. Lawrence River in Montreal, Quebec, is one of the busiest bridges in Canada with roughly 50 million vehicles per year. During its service life, the bridge has undergone extensive rehabilitation and recently these costs have...
Highway plan
Road Construction News April 30, 2018
Kentucky's recently passed $8.5 billion 2018 highway plan aims to prioritize spending on 1,400 projects, including work on 1,000 bridges and improvements to 5,000 miles of pavement, plus road widening and the reconstruction of existing roads, along with construction of new routes and interchanges...
Composite arch bridge system
Bridges Products April 25, 2018
InspirArch is a fully engineered composite arch bridge system consisting of lightweight fiber-reinforced polymer arches and Reinforced Earth mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls. InspirArch is ideal for medium-span bridges in highway, rail and stream-crossing applications. The arch...
U.S. 183 South toll road project in Austin, Texas

Image: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Highway Construction News April 23, 2018
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has hit a significant milestone in the construction of the U.S. 183 South project, as work is now about 50% completed.   Construction crews have completed the first stretch of the new northbound general-purpose lanes between 51st Street and Manor/...
Virginia road improvements
Road Construction News April 23, 2018
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plan to get the state’s roads and bridges up to “fair” condition would cost about $13.1 billion based on the department’s estimates.   VDOT’s entire six-year improvement program highway construction budget is $16.9 billion. The drafted six-year plan...
Connecticut DOT Waterbury Mixmaster bridges

Image: Connecticut Department of Transportation

Bridge Construction News April 17, 2018
Last month, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) awarded a $153 million contract to rehabilitate the bridges on the Waterbury Mixmaster, the name given to the S.R. 8/I-84 interchange.   Walsh Construction Company, which beat out five other bidders, will begin in May to overhaul 10...
North Washington Street Bridge Boston

Image: MassDOT

Bridge Construction News April 05, 2018
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has approved a $205 million project to replace the North Washington Street Bridge, also called the Charlestown Bridge, along Boston’s historic Freedom Trail.   The 118-year-old steel-truss bridge, which carries 44,000 drivers daily over the...
I-90 Chicago 2016

Work on I-90 in the Chicagoland area in the summer of 2016.

Road Construction News April 04, 2018
The rapidly deteriorating condition of Illinois roads, bridges, and transit systems is producing increased congestion and vehicle maintenance costs, and the annual cost of needed repairs currently stands at $4.6 billion per year, according to a new study released today by the Illinois Economic...
FIU bridge collapse
Bridges Article April 03, 2018
What was left of the north section just laid there being poked and prodded.   Ten days removed from glory, five from tragedy, the accused segment of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University (FIU) in the city of Sweetwater laid lifeless on Southwest 8th Street on March 20. A mini-...
ABC bridge Pennsylvania
Accelerated Construction Article April 03, 2018
Bridge collapses are thankfully rare.   Yet in the face of tragedy, it is a trait perhaps natively human to seek restitution in advance of gathering all facts, to point fingers, and, oftentimes, to shout righteously into the wind. The reader is directed to any comment string or talkback on the web...
Sam White Bridge MBI move

Night work on Michael Baker International’s Sam White Bridge move in 2011 using SPMTs.

Accelerated Construction Article April 03, 2018
The whole point is about safety. At least, that is one of many benefits of accelerated bridge construction (ABC) as explained by those who have been heavily involved in the process for dozens of ABC projects over the last decade.   According to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) final...
I-4 Ultimate Orlando
Highway Construction News March 26, 2018
An I-4 Ultimate construction worker has died after a rebar cage fell and struck him in Orlando, officials said.   SGL Constructors, the P3 joint venture operating the project on I-4, said Michael Tolman, 56, died after being struck around 9:45 a.m. Thursday at an I-4 west on-ramp at South Street...
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