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Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge

Image: Free-Lance Star

Bridge Construction News December 13, 2017
An upcoming meeting and recent movement on a major bridge project underlines what the future might hold for drivers along a major Virginia corridor where population and traffic is expected to grow in the coming decades.   The Virginia Department of Transportation will host a public meeting this...
California Laurel Street Overcrossing

Work on abutments for the Laurel Street Overcrossing Replacement Project in Vallejo, Calif. Image: Caltrans

Highway Construction Article December 04, 2017
CALIFORNIA: At the forefront by Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   There’s progress and then there’s progress, and those who know the difference can only be encouraged by some of the developments taking place in California.   As a result of the recent 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase passed...
Arlington Memorial Bridge
Bridge Construction News December 04, 2017
Federal officials and lawmakers have worked out a deal to fund and rebuild the deteriorating Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., using design-build to cut 18 months from the schedule and $35 million from an earlier cost estimate.   In announcing the agreement on what is now a $237...
Sarah Mildred Long Bridge opening to be delayed
Bridge Construction News November 30, 2017
The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced that it is working with its contractor for the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge project, Cinabro Corporation, to identify those aspects of the project that are presently causing a delay in the agency’s ability to open the bridge to live traffic...
WSDOT snow bridge

Image: WSDOT

Bridge Construction News November 17, 2017
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) workers completed a second avalanche bridge on I-90 this past week in an eight-year effort to increase safety and traffic flow on Snoqualmie Pass.   The effort is part of phase one of a 15-mile project, stretching from Hyak to Easton. Phase one...
Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
Road Construction News November 15, 2017
Iowa drivers are presently paying 10 cents more per gallon than they did just a few years ago, and while tax increases are no friend to most political leaderships, in Iowa benefits are already being realized.   The state’s gas tax hike has produced an extra $515 million for state and local...
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
Road Construction News November 10, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has put a halt on contract letting for its 30 Crossing project due to a complication in the verbiage describing the purpose and aim of the project, one that AKDOT says will preclude federal funding of projects in the region.   According to the...
MLK St. Louis
Bridge Construction Article November 06, 2017
How do you rehab a 65-year-old bridge that serves as a key point of traffic relief and a route directly into downtown St. Louis with limited original structure information? This is a challenge the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Modjeski and Masters Inc. faced during a recent...
Gallants Channel Road
Bridge Construction Article November 01, 2017
This did not answer to Matthew or Hermie or Joaquin. Hurricanes have a way of doing their own thing regardless of how many times you plead with them or curse them out.    The best way is to just deal, and prime contractor Conti Enterprises Inc. learned quickly how to prep for Hurricane Joaquin, the...
Angus L. Macdonald

Photographer: Lynn Fergusson

Bridge Construction Article November 01, 2017
For Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge has been an iconic structure for more than 60 years. Years that, as the bridge spans an occasionally rough and always popular Atlantic waterway (Halifax Harbour), had taken a significant toll. As noted in our May 2017 issue (“A new life for...
Boyers Mill
Bridge Construction Article November 01, 2017
Private lake. Crucial drinking water source. Popular recreation area. Restricted homeowners association lacking a degree of pedestrian mobility.   And in the middle of it a bridge past its service life. For Frederick County, Md., it was an opportunity to do something never before done in the state...
I-90 Fox River
Bridge Construction Article November 01, 2017
Built in 1958, the I-90 Fox River Bridge a few years ago was suffering from deterioration on its beams. What’s more, the bridge deck was nearing the end of its useful lifespan, and the estimated cost of rehabilitating and widening the bridge was 76% the cost to replace it.   “We’ve been out there...
Garden State Parkway
Bridge Construction Article November 01, 2017
The Garden State Parkway in New Jersey connects land in the state separated by Great Egg Harbor, with two recently replaced bridge structures separated by Drag Island. South of the island is the structure over Great Egg Harbor Bay, made up of 21 spans of precast, pre-stressed concrete bulb tee...
Lesner Bridge
Bridge Construction Article November 01, 2017
The scenic north shore region of Virginia Beach, Va., is a popular location for locals and summer vacationers.   The main east-west thoroughfare in this area is Shore Drive (Rte. 60), seeing an average of 40,000 travelers per day. Along Shore Drive are two bridges constructed in 1958 and 1967,...
Route 29
Bridge Construction Article November 01, 2017
Charlottesville, Va., is an historic city that was home to several of our founding fathers, and today hosts the Virginia Film Festival and houses the University of Virginia.   It also is home to a portion of U.S. Rte. 29 which cuts through the city as it makes its way from Pensacola, Fla., to...
NJ Parkway
Bridge Construction Article November 01, 2017
With the recent completion of the Garden State Parkway realignment over Rte. 17 in Paramus, N.J., the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) continues to upgrade the historic, 172-mile Garden State Parkway (GSP) to improve operations and safety.   The $68 million improvements to I-163, a partial...
Bent 1 cap demo

The pier replacement was a success on Bent 1 of Ramp C on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Bridge Construction Article November 01, 2017
The sustained focus on rebuilding our transportation infrastructure is accompanied by an objective that rivals controlling project costs: Keep the traffic in motion.   At Ramp C to the Brooklyn Bridge, an innovative temporary support system was engineered to enable replacement of failing concrete...
I-64 High Rise Bridge
Road Construction News October 25, 2017
The Commonwealth Transportation Board in Virginia awarded a $409.6 million contract Tuesday to widen I-64 and build a new High Rise Bridge.   The project will widen I-64 from four to six lanes and add one high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane in each direction. The new High Rise Bridge will be built...
South Carolina roads to improve with gas tax funds
Road Construction 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...
Road Construction 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.
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