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Accelerated Bridge Construction Findings Presented in D.C.

Matt Ball on July 6, 2016 - in Bridges, Corporate, Design/Engineering

Transportation innovation is chief among Florida International University’s list of federal priorities, and Atorod Azizinamini stands at the forefront of the university’s Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) research. Thurs., June 23, Azizinamini presented recent findings before the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. The goals: 1) Encourage the department to place greater emphasis on ABC, which reduces the impacts of on-site construction;  and 2) produce safer, more environmentally friendly bridges that last longer.

Of the nation’s approximately 600,000 publicly owned vehicular bridges, approximately one quarter are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. ABC focuses primarily on bridge replacements that solve the urgent need to replace substandard structures while maintaining the flows of traffic. The mission is to reduce the societal costs of bridge construction by reducing the duration of work zones; focusing special attention on preservation, service life, construction costs, education of the profession; and developing a next-generation workforce fully equipped with ABC knowledge.

Following his presentation at the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Azizinamini headed to Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional offices, including those of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

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