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Southern Idaho Bridge Work Continues, Road Work Season Beginning

March 9, 2016 - in Corporate, Transportation

SHOSHONE – Warmer temperatures in southern Idaho mean more than trees budding and grass growing — they also signal the start of another busy year of construction and maintenance on area roadways. While several bridge projects are ongoing from 2015, new…

Nearly 59,000 U.S. Bridges Still Structurally Deficient, New Analysis Finds

February 25, 2016 - in Bridges, Corporate, Design/Engineering

WASHINGTON—There’s good news and bad news to report about the condition of America’s bridges.  The good news is there were 2,574 fewer structurally…

Arizona to Add Structural Health Monitoring to I-15 Bridges

January 25, 2016 - in Bridges, Corporate, Maintenance, Sensors

PHOENIX, Jan. 22, 2016—Arizona Department of Transportation engineers in Phoenix will get real-time information on the conditions of four interstate…

Monitoring Bridge Stability from Space

December 10, 2015 - in Bridges, Corporate, Maintenance, Sensors

The University of Nottingham’s Sino-UK Geospatial Engineering Centre is collaborating with a subsidiary of China Railway Group, the biggest construction company in Asia, on a joint project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The project, known as…

Expect Modest Growth in 2016 U.S. Transportation Construction Market

December 8, 2015 - in Corporate, Planning, Transportation

WASHINGTON—The likely passage of a five-year federal surface transportation bill, increased investment from state and local governments, and continued strengthening in the U.S. economy are the key factors driving an expected 4 percent growth in the 2016…

The Bridges of Placer County: They all have a story

December 1, 2015 - in Bridges, Corporate

For decades, cars, trucks, people, bikes and motorcycles have traveled the 117 bridges that are Placer County’s responsibility. From the iconic Foresthill Bridge standing 730 feet over the American river, to the simple, single-lane bridge over Yankee Slough…

Future Forward Interview: Ensuring Institutional Memory of Old Steel-Bridge Structures

November 21, 2015 - in Interview

Informed Infrastructure met Robert J. Connor, associate professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, at the Commercial UAV Expo, where he gave a presentation on the use of UAVs for bridge inspection and, more importantly, the need…

Virginia Receives an Extra $55.5 Million in ‘Bonus’ Federal Funds to Improve Roads and Bridges Statewide

October 8, 2015 - in Construction, Financial

RICHMOND, Oct. 7, 2015—Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) received an additional $55.5 million in federal funds that was originally allocated to other states. Since they did not have projects ready to go…

Oregon Bridge Condition Report Identifies Need for Stable Strategic Investment

September 21, 2015 - in Bridges, Corporate, Maintenance

Salem, Ore., Sept. 17, 2015—The latest bridge condition report from the Oregon Department of Transportation puts a dollar figure to the cost to Oregon’s economy if the state’s bridge system isn’t adequately maintained: In the next 20 years, Oregon…

Alabama Researchers Focus on Making Bridge Girders Stronger and Longer

September 18, 2015 - in Bridges, Corporate

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Engineering researchers at The University of Alabama are testing massive concrete girders in a campus laboratory to find ways for bridges to span longer distances with fewer supports underneath. Longer, more durable concrete girders would…