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25 percent of U.S. bridges classified as deficient in 2012

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on Jun 17, 2013

Of the 607,380 bridges on U.S. roadways in 2012, 25 percent were classified as deficient, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s testimony last week before the Senate Commitee on Appropriations’ Subcomittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and ...

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Market report: Bridges good, pavement not so good

Posted by John Latta on Jun 03, 2013

American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist and Policy VP Alison Premo Black said the bridge market is "showing some surprising strength," and new Q1 numbers suggest it will be an ongoing strength. Black was speaking at the ARTBA ...

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2013’s bridges: A Skagit River reminder

Posted by John Latta on May 28, 2013

Did the collapse of the I-5 bridge across the Skagit River in Washington State demonstrate a need for increased investing in our increasingly substandard transportation infrastructure, particularly bridges? One argument says no. Then it sort of says yes as well. “No” in ...

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The Man Who Slides Bridges

Posted by John Latta on Apr 08, 2013

Any story is valuable if it can show us how to do our work better. And especially when that work is big, massively expensive, part of our daily lives and paid for by tax dollars. For example, an old bridge that ...

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America’s roads and bridges ‘not crumbling’ – report

Posted by John Latta on Feb 21, 2013

A new report from the Reason Foundation concludes, after  examining 20 years of state highway data, that the condition of America’s state-controlled roads has improved in seven key areas including deficient bridges and pavement condition. “There are still plenty of problems ...

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$287 million for New York to rebuild roads, bridges damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Staff Report on Feb 15, 2013

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Feb. 15 announced $287 million in emergency relief funds for New York to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters, with $250 million specifically designated for Hurricane Sandy recovery. LaHood was joined by Senator ...

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Contributed Case History: Building Bridges with Steel Girder Formwork

Posted by Tina Grady Barbaccia on Jan 23, 2013

A girder bridge is considered the most common and most basic bridge type. In its simplest form, a log across a creek could even be considered a girder bridge. In today’s bridges the long spans allow for a direct connection ...


U.S. needs new bridges but states lack funding

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Jan 03, 2013

The average age of the 600,000 bridges in the United States is 43 years old, according to a new report from the Washington Post. And considering that bridges are built to last about 50 years, that means a great deal ...

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70 bridges getting $130M in federal funds for repair, replacement

Posted by Staff Report on Nov 30, 2012

Seventy city and county projects across Washington state will receive a portion of $130 million in federal funds to repair or replace aging bridges, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The Washington State Department of Transportation selected projects ...


Better Bridges 2012 Bridge Inventory

Posted by Tina Grady Barbaccia on Nov 12, 2012

America's structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridge count slowly, steadily falling.


Salting may corrode steel-reinforced roads, bridges

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Nov 09, 2012

Gritting and salting roads, methods used to prevent automotive accidents in winter conditions, may lead to corrosion over months or years, Science Daily reports. This corrosion is due to the chloride ions in salt, which can penetrate concrete and eat away ...

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Bridges are singing in the rain

Posted by Tom Jackson on Oct 25, 2012

Scientists at Brigham Young University have discovered a way to measure defects in bridges by listening to the sounds they make when impacted by drops of water. Echo location is the basic principle at work here, a technique used for all ...