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Better Data Builds Better Bridges

On August 1, 2007, when a section of an eight-lane bridge on Interstate 35W in downtown Minneapolis plummeted into the Mississippi River, killing more than a dozen people, Visiting Associate Professor Zhigang Shen—like many hearing the news—was appalled:…

LandScope Engineering Purchase Underwater Scanner for Bridge Inspections

October 17, 2014 - in Bridges, Corporate, Sensors, Transportation

Teledyne BlueView is pleased to announce the recent purchase of 3D Multibeam Scanner by UK based Landscope Engineering. “Having rigorously tested the…

Gladesville Bridge Marks 50 Years with Recognition for Engineering Heritage

On 1 October 2014 the NSW Government celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Gladesville Bridge and the recognition of the bridge as an…

Pennsylvania Releases Final List of 558 Bridges to be Replaced under Public-Private Partnership

September 29, 2014 - in Bridges, Construction, Transportation

More than 500 of Pennsylvania’s worst bridges will be replaced under an innovative program that uses a private consortium to finance, design and build the bridges and then maintain them for 25 years. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Monday…

Maine and New Hampshire Reach Tentative Price Agreement on Sarah Mildred Long Bridge

September 26, 2014 - in Bridges, Planning, Projects, Transportation

AUGUSTA, Me., Sept. 26, 2014 – The Maine and New Hampshire Departments of Transportation have reached a tentative price agreement with Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield, ME for the replacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery. The $158.5 million…

New York State to Appeal Tappan Zee Bridge Loan Rejection

September 17, 2014 - in Bridges, Renewal/Retrofit, Transportation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will appeal the federal government's decision Tuesday to strike down 94 percent of a controversial $511 million loan for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional office…

Kentucky Breaks Ground on the Lake Bridges Project

September 11, 2014 - in Bridges, Construction, Corporate, Transportation

Governor Steve Beshear today broke ground to ceremonially begin construction on a new and long-awaited $131.5 million bridge that will replace the aging, obsolete Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake at Aurora. During a ceremony at scenic Kenlake State…

“Bridge in a Backpack” to be Used in Vermont to Reduce Backlog of Needed Replacements

September 8, 2014 - in Bridges, Construction, Transportation

Last month, construction crews placed a series of hollow tubes over the Wanzer Brook in Fairfield as part of a Vermont Transportation Agency program that uses new technology to cut construction time, save money and reduce the backlog of bridges that need replacement.…

Earthquake Sensors on San Francisco Bridges Measure the Napa Quake

September 1, 2014 - in Bridges, Maintenance, Sensors, Transportation

As the Earth shook Marin awake early Sunday morning, dozens of sensors mounted on the Golden Gate and Richmond-San Rafael bridges, as well other county buildings, recorded the movement. The sensor system is designed to immediately record data and help engineers…

Swiss Robot Automates Bridge Inspection and Fights Corrosion

Bridges become an infrastructure problem as they get older, as de-icing salt and carbon dioxide gradually destroy the reinforced concrete. A new robot can now check the condition of these structures, even in places that people cannot reach. We rely on Switzerland’s…