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Highway Construction News June 16, 2017
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will shut down roadwork statewide if lawmakers fail to pass a budget by the end of the month, officials announced Wednesday.   IDOT will notify contractors that all construction work is to shut down on June 30 if a budget does not pass by then. The...
Road Construction News June 12, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses funding rural transportation construction projects through public-private partnerships.
Bridge Construction Article June 08, 2017
Designated a National Scenic Riverway, the St. Croix River carves out a deep valley, gliding and rushing through a lush green landscape surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns until its confluence with the Mississippi River.   About a half hour from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St....
Road Construction Article June 06, 2017
Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, Staten Island, N.Y., to New Jersey: This historic bridge has been undergoing its first major restoration since it was completed amidst the fury of the Great Depression in late 1931. The $1.6 billion project aims to raise the bridge’s present 151-ft...
Bridge Construction News June 02, 2017
Though several months away from the official opening, it is now possible to drive across the entire 3-mile length of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, a major crossing over the Hudson River in the suburbs of New York City.   Also known as the New NY Bridge, this new structure is replacing the original...
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Bridge Construction News May 31, 2017
Four years after crews broke ground on the St. Croix Crossing Bridge, the final touches for the massive project are finally underway.   During the month of May, crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation began work on finishing the driving and walking surfaces of the bridge, as well as...
Road Construction News May 22, 2017
This week's Infrastructure Insider has some details on Trump's Infrastructure plan, how DOT's reacted to I-85 collapse and more.   Click here to listen to the podcast.  
Freeway traffic from connector ramp on Zoo Interchange system

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Highway Construction News May 22, 2017
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is on track to open two ramps on the Zoo Interchange system this week.   The ramp connecting eastbound I-94 to northbound I-41 is scheduled to open on Wednesday. A day later, the ramp connecting southbound I-41 with the eastbound lanes of I-94, as...
Road Construction News May 15, 2017
In the second Roads & Bridges podcast of the year, Infrastructure Insider discusses President Trump's trillion-dollar infrastructure plan and the latest news in the road and bridge industry, including this week's reopening of the Atlanta I-85 bridge that collapsed in March.   Click here to...
Road Construction News May 08, 2017
In Roads & Bridges first podcast of the year, Editorial Director Bill Wilson talks about raising the federal gas tax, self-driving cars at Disney World and the reconstruction of the Piscataqua River Bridge. To listen to the podcast, click here.

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Bridge Construction News May 03, 2017
Work to remove the lower roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, allowing bigger cargo ships to reach New York City-area ports, will be completed six months ahead of schedule, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday.   The Republican governor said the work, part of a $1.6 billion project, is expected to...
Bridge Construction Article May 02, 2017
The Crum Creek Viaduct Replacement Project is a unique design-build (D-B) project that replaced a bridge on an existing alignment using accelerated bridge construction (ABC) techniques.   The D-B approach to replace the 121-year-old rail viaduct on the Media-Elwyn Regional Rail Line over Crum Creek...

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Highway Construction News May 01, 2017
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb joined State Representative Ed Soliday, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Commissioner Joe McGuinness and other local officials on Friday to formally break ground on the I-65 Northwest Indiana Expansion Project.   The $62 million Major Moves 2020 project will...

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Bridge Construction News April 26, 2017
The first span of a project to replace the Kosciuszko Bridge is opening to New York City drivers this week, with the first traffic expected to cross Thursday.   The first phase of the bridge cost $555 million and will temporarily allow for three lanes of traffic in each direction. Ultimately, the...

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Bridge Construction News April 20, 2017
Work will begin soon on $19 million in repairs to I-81 in Salina, Cicero and Hastings, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) announced Tuesday.   The work includes a $10.8 million project to restore the bridges that carry I-81 over Rte. 11 in the town of Salina. Workers will...
Highway Construction News April 19, 2017
About $110 million will be spent this year improving the interstate highway system in Council Bluffs as the largest highway funding effort ever by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) continues.   IDOT officials explained during a public meeting that seven specific projects for 2017 have...

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Bridge Construction News April 17, 2017
Construction of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge on I-95 southbound in New London, Conn., will begin this week.   The Connecticut Department of Transportation says work on the southbound side of the bridge is expected to finish by November of 2018. Long-term lane shifts and closures will be expected...

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Bridge Construction News April 13, 2017
The full reopening of the Pulaski Skyway will be pushed off until Spring 2018, instead of this summer so contractors can replace retaining walls between the Skyway and Rte. 139, according to New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials.   The project to install a new bridge deck on the...

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Bridge Construction News April 04, 2017
Crews broke ground last week on the $809.2 million Harbor Bridge replacement project, a structure that, by 2020, will be the new link from downtown Corpus Christi to North Beach and attractions like the U.S.S. Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium.   The U.S. Highway 181 bridge project was...

The I-55 Stevenson Expressway linking Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is one major project continuing for IDOT in 2017

Highway Construction Article April 03, 2017
Back in August 2016, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges covered the progress of Chicago’s Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project. One of the signature accomplishments over the last year for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was the completion of the westbound flyover...
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