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Michigan’s Independence Bridge to close for $1.45 million repair
Bridges News December 26, 2017
The Independence Bridge in Bay City, Mich., will close in January to allow crews to replace the bascule span deck grating, span stringers and sidewalks.   The project, funded through federal, state and local money, will top $1.45 million.   Construction is expected to be completed at the end of...
LIRR Bridge overpass

Image: MTA

Bridges News December 07, 2017
Looking to prevent dangerous bridge strikes, New York is spending $4.3 million to install additional detectors to keep over-height vehicles off state parkways, where overpasses are lower than many.   The detector systems are intended to prevent incidents that in 2017 have so far included more than...
Virginia DOT to perform geological testing at Natural Bridge State Park
Bridges News October 05, 2017
As part of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) work with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation at Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County, a geological analysis is being performed on the formation known as Natural Bridge, atop which runs Route 11.   VDOT...
The 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico caused significant infrastructure damage.

Image source: BGR

Asphalt 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
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...
Lewis and Clark Bridge in Williston, North Dakota

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

Bridges 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...
Arch bridge system
Bridges Products August 29, 2017
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...
Bayview Bridge illuminated (purple)
Bridges 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...
Bridges 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...
Asphalt Paving 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...
Asphalt 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.
Railroad crossing
Bridges News August 09, 2017
A $7.5 million federal grant will help restore rail service through northern Mississippi, aided by a $4.3 million state loan and $3.2 million in private money.   The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it's awarding the grant to rehabilitate 90 miles of what was once the...
Railroad crossing
Bridges News August 07, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) will award a $7.89 million grant to help fund a railroad bridge repair project in Maine, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced yesterday.   The grant is being awarded under the U.S. DOT FASTLANE grant program. The funding will be provided to...
Bridges News July 05, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has withdrawn from the group overseeing the Gateway Program, the massive regional project that aims to double rail capacity between New York and New Jersey.   Billed as the largest and most important transit project in the northeast, the $23.9...
Bridges News July 03, 2017
Three states are going into varying levels of remission this holiday weekend, as disputes between Republican governors and Democratic-led state legislatures have forced the state governments of Maine and New Jersey into partial shut-downs and a long-standing budgetary impasse in Illinois is closing...
Road Construction News July 03, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) informed state departments of transportation how much each is losing as of June 30 in certain categories of highway program contract authority, as Congress required in the fiscal 2017 government funding bill that it sent to President Trump on May 4.   The...
Bridges News June 06, 2017
Roads & Bridges is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Top 10 Bridges list.   Submitted projects must be in the design, construction or completion phase over the last 18 months. Past winners are not eligible. For a list of past winners, click here.   The deadline to submit nomination forms...

According to the latest ASCE Report Card, 1 out of every 11 bridges in the U.S. is structurally deficient.

Bridges Article May 02, 2017
The state of Rhode Island likes the potential of the crane.   Today, the equipment is being used to build or repair some of its structurally deficient bridges, which comprise 25% of Rhode Island’s bridge inventory. A few years from now, however, the lifts could signal an economic boom.   About a...
Bridges Article May 02, 2017
As our nation’s infrastructure ages, emphasis is placed on the inspection and remediation of bridges. These bridges are travelled by school buses, family cars and pedestrians every day. How do engineers and county officials work together to ensure the safety of these travelers?   In Licking County...

The northwestern portion of the Viaduct crosses the Los Angeles River, the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail and Riverside Drive. The PVC shrink-wrap contains the blasting media and byproducts.

Bridges Article May 02, 2017
While “blast and paint” rolls off the tongue easily, providing access to the underside of the Elysian Viaduct Bridge for rehabilitation work is anything but easy.   In fact, as the original bridge construction project neared completion, the September-October 1961 issue of the Official Journal of...
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