November 2019

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Everybody loves a big-ticket bridge build. Even folks who have no real appreciation for structural engineering or the complex geometry at play in the…
November 05, 2019
NO. 1 BRIDGE: Bayonne Bridge
The Bayonne Bridge project provided nearly 1,500 jobs annually throughout construction, an estimated $380 million in wages and $1.6 billion in economic impact for the region.
Everybody loves a big-ticket bridge build. Even folks who have no real appreciation for structural engineering or the complex geometry at play in the…
November 05, 2019
I was talking to a friend recently, the sort of floaty chatter that welcomes pretty much any topic in equal measure.  The tide turned toward what was…
November 05, 2019
NO. 2 BRIDGE: Marc Basnight Bridge (Herbert C. Bonner Bridge replacement)
One challenging aspect of the project was working in a sensitive marine environment. The project footprint is home to 20 protected species; the north end of the bridge lands in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, while the south end lands in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Several innovative solutions were employed to ensure environmental impacts were minimized.
From the time the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge was built in 1963 over the Oregon Inlet along the North Carolina coast, the structure was in trouble.…
November 05, 2019
NO. 3 BRIDGE: 41st Street Pedestrian Bridge
The city of Chicago has seen a boom of dynamic architectural development in the last 15 years, and the new 41st Street Bridge, which was designed by architects at Cordogan, Clark & Associates, serves as yet another jewel in the Windy City crown.
Through an international design competition called “Bridging the Drive,” the City of Chicago constructed a new signature pedestrian bridge at 41st…
November 05, 2019
NO. 4 BRIDGE: Lesner Bridge
The city had decided early on that they wanted a segmental bridge in order to have longer spans, more curves on the structure, and an aesthetic quality that would fit the bridge into the landscape. One of the factors that was considered in the design phase of the project was to create more space between the pier columns in order to provide unobstructed views of the Chesapeake Bay and Lynnhaven River.
Anyone traversing the area of the Lynnhaven Inlet along Virginia’s southern coast at nighttime would be remiss if they failed to notice the dazzling…
November 05, 2019
NO. 5 BRIDGE: Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River (U.S. Hwy 54)
The new bridge was opened Aug. 3 to much public fanfare. The great grandchildren of Champ Clark himself were on hand for the opening, along with 600 other people. The demo of the old structure was underway as of this writing, with deck removal complete.
Originally completed in 1928, the Champ Clark Bridge—so named for a former Missouri Speaker of the House—stood as a landmark along the Mississippi…
November 05, 2019
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