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Archive for the ‘Bridges’ Category

Georgia DOT: Inspecting & Maintaining Georgia’s Bridges

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Georgia DOT: Inspecting & Maintaining Georgia’s Bridges

The Georgia DOT is responsible for the inspection of all bridges and bridge culverts within a two year cycle. Georgia DOT also conducts underwater bridge inspection every five years.

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2016 Report Card for Florida’s Infrastructure

Monday, July 25th, 2016
Florida state classifications of sandy shorelines

Florida’s economy relies heavily on its beaches, the state’s “invisible” coastal infrastructure that protects Florida’s communities. Most of the public view beaches as places where they can participate in outdoor recreational activities. Florida beaches represent its leading tourist destination with about 810 million “day visits” to its beaches annually. This number more than double the number of “day visits” made annually to all U.S. National Parks combined.

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MnDOT: St. Croix Crossing Sunrise Timelapse

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
MnDOT: St. Croix Crossing Sunrise Timelapse

Sunrise over the St. Croix Crossing, summer 2016. St. Croix Crossing connects Oak Park Heights, MN and St. Joseph, WI. The structure over the St. Croix River is expected to open in 2017.

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Monumental Issues: Talking Infrastructure with Ed Mortimer

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Monumental Issues: Talking Infrastructure with Ed Mortimer

Ed Mortimer, Executive Director of Transportation Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, talks about America’s infrastructure needs.

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Puyallup, WA: The Historic Meridian Street Bridge

Monday, June 20th, 2016
Puyallup, WA: The Historic Meridian Street Bridge

For more than eight decades the Meridian Street Bridge over the Puyallup River has served as a portal for cities along the Puget Sound to community of Puyallup, Washington. Significant for its design, it is the only one of its kind in Washington, and may very well be unique in the United States, if not the world.

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Saginaw County, MI: M-13’s New Bridge Beam (Timelapse)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Saginaw County, MI: M-13’s New Bridge Beam (Timelapse)

During the week of May 9, 2016, the Michigan Department of Transportation set bridge beams for the M-13 bridge over the Flint River in Saginaw County.

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Washington State DOT: First Drive on the SR 520 Floating Bridge

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Washington State DOT: First Drive on the SR 520 Floating Bridge

At 3:50 a.m. on April 11, 2016, WSDOT Incident Response Team drivers completed the maiden voyage across the new SR 520 floating bridge. The westbound lanes on the new bridge are now open to all drivers. Eastbound lanes will switch to the new bridge during the weekend of April 22-25.

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Outstanding Engineering: Michigan’s “96fix” Highway Rehabilitation

Monday, April 11th, 2016
Outstanding Engineering - Michigan's "96fix"

96fix was the largest single-season construction project in state history. Reconstruction of the seven-mile stretch of the 40-year-old freeway included the rehabilitation of 37 bridges, installation of LED lighting and storm sewers, and safety improvements. The $153 million project was completed early and under budget, and brought I-96 in line with current standards. Innovative technologies included visual modeling to gain public support for closing the freeway during construction and 3-D design model for fine-tuning paving work. The process saved taxpayer dollars, cut freeway closure time, and improved pavement quality and safety.

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Lake Quinsigamond, MA: Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Construction Time-Lapse

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Lake Quinsigamond, MA: Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Construction Time-Lapse

Watch progress for the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project with EarthCam’s time-lapse movie. See construction for the new 870-foot-long bridge from August 2012 to November 2015 with stunning HD imagery.

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Outstanding Engineering: Capacity Improvements on Alaska’s Glenn Highway

Monday, March 14th, 2016
Alaska's Glenn Highway Capacity Improvements

With increased traffic expected to exceed the highway’s design capacity in the coming years, the project team was tasked with designing new lanes that will be used for both regular and high-occupancy vehicle traffic, reducing the grade on a steep approach to the northbound Eagle River Bridge, designing new bridges over the Eagle River, and creating new frontage roads.

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