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Hudson River Tunnel project Amtrak

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Bridges News March 18, 2019
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rated the Hudson River rail tunnel project between New York and New Jersey with a medium-low grade in its most recently released ratings for infrastructure projects around the country.   According to the Associated Press, this is the same rating the agency...
Mackinac Bridge in Michigan; bridge monitoring sensors

Image: Justin Billau [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Bridges News March 12, 2019
Researchers in the state of Michigan are planning to install up to 2,000 infrastructure sensors on the Mackinac Bridge in order to explore the logistics of a large-scale deployment and provide useful monitoring data to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA).    According to a press release from the...
I-5 bridge over Columbia River

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Bridges News March 07, 2019
The Washington State Senate Transportation Committee recently passed a $15 billion transportation package that includes $450 million to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.   The project has been a priority for lawmakers in Clark County, who have been working to collaborate with the...
FIU pedestrian bridge collapse
Bridges News March 05, 2019
Nearly a year after the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge collapsed, Magnum Construction Management (MCM), the Miami-based contractor hired to install the bridge, has filed for bankruptcy.   MCM, formerly known as Munilla Construction Management, submitted its Chapter 11...
Road and bridge construction podcast

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Bridges News March 01, 2019
In a fully loaded Infrastructure Insider, we go over the recent bridge troubles in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Associate Editor Tim Bruns talked with the Chicago DOT after bridge cracking was discovered on Lake Shore Drive (5:45). The I-80 bridge in Joliet also is in trouble. We talked to...
I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge

Image: Chamber of Southwest Louisiana

Bridges News January 28, 2019
The Chamber of Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) recently released recommendations for their I-10 Bridge Task Force for the Calcasieu River Bridge.   These recommendations, which were approved by the Chamber board on Tuesday, provide the state with a well-researched, detailed action plan to tackle the...
PTI press conference World of Concrete
Associations News January 23, 2019
The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) announced this week during a World of Concrete press conference in Las Vegas its current and future initiatives to help augment durability of post-tensioned concrete bridges and other structures.    In response to feedback from the industry, PTI is currently...
Connecticut DOT making progress on Walk Bridge replacement
Bridges News December 24, 2018
Few are the bridges in the U.S. that have been around as long as the Norwalk, Conn., Walk Bridge. The 122-year-old structure has been a stalwart corridor, carrying rail traffic on Metro-North’s New Haven Line as well as Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor that serves passengers traveling...
Colonial Road Bridge
Bridges Article December 17, 2018
In 2014, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) initiated the full replacement of a 115-year-old bridge in the village of Thomaston, N.Y. Thomaston, located in Nassau County, Long Island, is a mere 0.4 sq miles. The town is separated in two by a single-line railroad track which opened in 1898, and has...
construction work bridges
Bridges News December 12, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is preparing this week to install the largest precast bridge beams ever in the state of Utah.   The massive concrete beams will impact traffic this week as they are placed along the I-15 technology corridor in Lehi.   Forterra Structural Precast created...
Lewiston-Queenston Bridge
Bridges 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

Bridges 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...
Bridge collapse, bridge design, bridge construction
Bridges News October 23, 2018
Nobody wants a starring role in this spotlight, but it looks like the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) was far from the understudy it claims to be in regards to the FIU bridge collapse back in March.   According to NBC6 Miami, FDOT engineer Thomas Andres wrote to the design-build team in...
Llano River flooding washes away RM 2900 bridge

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Bridges News October 16, 2018
A dangerous flooding situation unfolded in south-central Texas Tuesday morning over the Llano River, a tributary of the Colorado River, as heavy rain exacerbated ongoing river flooding, prompting evacuations and a bridge collapse.   Local news outlets later reported that the RM 2900 bridge had...
Bridges News October 15, 2018
The Sunshine Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. James Parish in Louisiana is closed indefinitely after a barge collided with the bridge early Friday morning.   The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) shared photos of the bridge which showed one of the main load-...
Montopolis Bridge in Austin, Texas

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Bridges News October 09, 2018
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is moving forward with rehabilitating the 80-year-old steel truss Montopolis Bridge in Austin in order to preserve the structure as a hike and bike trail, indefinitely closing the bridge off to vehicular traffic.   The work, which is part of the second...
FIU bridge collapse
Bridges Article October 08, 2018
A federal judge recently blocked the release of documents that could reveal why the roadway under the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge had not been shut down upon discovery of severe cracking on the structure before it collapsed and killed six people, according to a report...
Vine Street Expressway Philadelphia
Bridges Article October 04, 2018
Philadelphia’s Vine Street Expressway, part of I-676, is a 1.75-mile limited-access highway traveling east-west across the northern edge of the city’s central business district.   The expressway connects I-95 and I-76, and was designed to easily move traffic between the surrounding counties in...
FIU bridge collapse
Bridges News September 19, 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Friday cited multiple contractors for safety violations after one employee suffered fatal injuries and five other employees sustained serious injuries when a pedestrian bridge at the Florida International...
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel sees 11,000 vehicle crossings per day, which increases to 25,000 daily crossings during the peak summer season.

Bridges Article September 04, 2018
When it opened in 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was considered one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern world—incorporating two-lane bridges and tunnels for vehicular traffic to get from southern Virginia to the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware.   The 17.6-mile vehicular toll...
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