bridges
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Bridge Monitoring Aided by Sensor Technology

Sensors installed on a Minnesota bridge Sensors are installed on a bridge in Minnesota. (MnDOT)

Bridge sensor systems are becoming integrated in the engineering and construction of spans across the country to monitor everything from load stress to movement.

Marissa Gamache | Special to Transport Topics
August 24, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

GAO: Condition of Large U.S. Bridges Improving, but Challenges Remain

Desmond Bridge construction Construction on the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, Calif. (Jonathan Alcorn)

The condition of the nation’s large bridges has improved over the last decade, but state transportation officials have faced challenges constructing or completing major projects on large bridges over the past five years, according to a new report by a congressional watchdog agency.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2017
Government, Safety

10th Anniversary of Bridge Collapse Offers Glimpse at Infrastructure Repair

Minnesota I-35W bridge collapse Jim Mone/Associated Press

This month marks the 10th anniversary of a deadly bridge collapse in Minnesota, which shaped one of the earliest conversations about structurally deficient bridges and the significant funding needed to fix or replace infrastructure nationwide.

Marissa Gamache | Special to Transport Topics
August 9, 2017
Government, Safety, TCA

Minnesota’s Riskiest Spans Repaired a Decade After Fatal I-35W Bridge Collapse

Aging bridge in Minnesota An aging bridge in Minnesota. (Matt Zaske)

Minnesota has repaired or replaced about 120 bridges in the past decade as part of a special funding program authorized after an Interstate 35W span plunged into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others.

Janet Moore and MaryJo Webster | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
July 24, 2017
Government, Safety

Californians Will Soon Pay More at the Pump to Fix More Than 200 Bridges

California bridge Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in April, California motorists will start paying higher gas and diesel taxes in November to provide funding for, among other state transportation projects, reducing the backlog of road and bridge repairs.

Louis Sahagun | Los Angeles Times
July 6, 2017
Government, Business

State DOTs Raise Concerns About Funding to Maintain, Improve Bridges

Andrew Harrar/Bloomberg News

Inadequate funding is hampering state departments of transportation and local agencies as they try to maintain or improve the condition of the bridges for which they’re responsible.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
September 30, 2016
Government, Business

Iowa Bridges Get Help Under State Transportation Plan

More than a third of the $3.5 billion Iowa state planners said they intend to spend on transportation needs in the next five years will be devoted to improving bridges.

Mitchell Schmidt | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
June 15, 2016
Business

ARTBA Study Finds 58,000 US Bridges to be 'Structurally Deficient'

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Nearly 10% of the country’s bridges – 58,495 out of 609,539 – were considered structurally deficient last year and needed repairs, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association reported Feb. 18.

Bart Jansen | USA TODAY
February 19, 2016
Business

Video: Transport Topics' Eugene Mulero on the State of US Bridges

Transport Topics reporter Eugene Mulero appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal program recently and discussed the state of U.S. bridges one year after a high-profile bridge collapse in Washington state.

Transport Topics
May 28, 2014
Business

U.S. Bridge Spending Lags as Repair Needs Dwarf Funds

Despite the nation’s efforts to upgrade its bridges in recent years, a staggering 151,500 are still labeled as deficient, the cure for which is to spend $20.5 billion every year between now and 2028.

August 19, 2013