Government, Business

Experts Discuss Recommendations, Research Related to Accelerated Bridge Construction

Adam Stockin, a supervising structural engineer for WSP, and Suriyanarayanan Sadasivam, a lead researcher for the firm’s advisory services. WSP's Adam Stockin, a supervising structural engineer, speaks as Suriyanarayanan Sadasivam, a lead researcher for the firm’s advisory services, looks on. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Proactive planning and effective collaboration with partners are two tips for success for agencies embarking on accelerated bridge construction (ABC) projects, according to two experts from the engineering services firm WSP.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 13, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Washington State Combats Collisions With New Wildlife Bridge

Wildlife Bridge Interstate 90 traffic passes beneath the wildlife bridge under construction. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old-growth forests and wetlands.

Manuel Valdes | Associated Press
December 12, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

South Dakota Approves 35 Grants for Local Bridge Improvements

South Dakota The Foster Street Bridge in Davison County was completed using the South Dakota Bridge Improvement Grant. (South Dakota State News)

The South Dakota Transportation Commission has approved 35 bridge improvement grants totaling more than $1.3 million.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 27, 2018
Government, Safety, TCA

Revised Weight Limits for Bridges Add Time, Money in Wisconsin

Grain truck Grain truck (Getty Images)

When Kevin Nelson hauls corn from his farm south of Osseo, Minn., to grain bins in Winona, Minn., lately he has added extra travel time and is paying more at the pump.

Julian Emerson | Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.
June 1, 2018

Tennessee Officials Unveil $2.6 Billion Transportation Improvement Plan

Tennessee Interstate 440 Doug Kerr/flickr

The repair and replacement of bridges is a top priority outlined in Tennessee’s Transportation Improvement Plan. Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer unveiled the plan, which covers 2019-21, on April 5. The plan features $2.6 billion in infrastructure investments and encompasses 116 projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FIU Bridge Collapse Unlikely to Dull Popularity of ABC Building Method, Experts Say

Miami Bridge Collapse Associated Press

Despite urgent concerns over the cause of the recent collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Miami, experts agree that accelerated bridge construction (ABC) will remain a popular method for building spans.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 27, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Jan. 29: State of the Bridges

Eastbound on Arlington Memorial Bridge Eastbound on Arlington Memorial Bridge (roadwaywiz via YouTube)

One-fifth of Iowa’s bridges are structurally deficient, as are more than 4,100 bridges in Pennsylvania. Twenty-three percent of bridges in Rhode Island are in that category. And, Washington, D.C., has eight of them. What's Congress going to do about them? Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Iowa Tops ARTBA List of States With Deficient Bridges

Centennial Bridge in Iowa Iowa's Centennial Bridge is on the list of structurally deficient bridges. (ercwttmn/Flickr)

Iowa is home to the most structurally deficient bridges, while the District of Columbia contains the fewest, according to a recent report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2018
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 | Online Reporter
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