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Archive for the ‘Great American Infrastructure’ Category

Great American Infrastructure: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Great American Infrastructure: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

What: The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the busiest airport in the world

Where: Ten miles south of Downtown Atlanta

When: ATL first opened its gates in 1925, after leasing property from an abandoned auto racetrack. The first international flight out of Atlanta took place in 1956, and flew to Montreal, Canada.

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Great American Infrastructure: The High Line, NYC

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
Great American Infrastructure: The High Line, NYC

What: NYC’s Highline Park, constructed on an unused elevated freight rail in the west side of Manhattan
Where: Manhattan’s West Side, between Gansevoort and West 34th Streets
When: The High Line first saw traffic in 1934, and the last train crossed its tracks in 1980. Construction on the park began in 2006, and the first section opened in 2009. Construction on additional sections is projected to continue through 2014.

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Great American Infrastructure: Astoria, OR: Astoria–Megler Bridge

Thursday, July 4th, 2013
Astoria-Megler Bridge Photo by Gregg M. Erickson.

What: The Astoria–Megler Bridge, located in Oregon, is the longest steel cantilever through truss bridge in the nation. When: Initial construction began in 1962 & the Astoria–Megler Bridge officially opened on July 29th, 1966 (although the official dedication ceremony took place a month later). Stats: – Total Length:  21,474 feet (6,545 m) – Width: 28 feet (8.5 m)– Longest Span: […]

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Great American Infrastructure: Clearwater County, Idaho: Dworshak Dam

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

This is the twenty-eighth in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States.
What: The Dworshak Dam, located in Idaho, is the tallest straight-axis concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere.
When: Initial construction began in 1966 & the Dworshak Dam first reached full capacity on July 3, 1973.

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Great American Infrastructure: Oroville, California: Oroville Dam

Friday, February 1st, 2013

This is the twenty-seventh in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States.   What: The Oroville Dam, located in California is the tallest dam in the United States. When: Initial construction began in 1961 & the Oroville Dam officially opened on May 4th, 1968. Why: The Oroville Dam provides irrigation water, flood […]

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Great American Infrastructure: Tehachapi Pass, CA: Alta Wind Energy Center

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

This is the twenty-sixth in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States. What: The Alta Wind Energy Center is is a wind farm located in Tehachapi Pass of the Tehachapi Mountains, in Kern County, California.  It is the largest wind farm in the United States.When: After some delays, construction began on the […]

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Great American Infrastructure: Twin Falls, ID: Perrine Bridge

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

This is the twenty-fifth in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States. What: The I. B. Perrine Bridge at Twin Falls, ID is a truss arch four-lane bridge carrying U.S. Highway 93 over the Snake River Canyon. When: The bridge was opened to traffic in September 1927, and at the time, […]

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Great American Infrastructure: Wildlife Crossings

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This is the twenty-fourth in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States. What: Our responsibilities to the natural and built environments converge in wildlife crossings which are sprouting up all over the United States, making sure infrastructure serves not only people, but also animals. When:  The first documented wildlife crossings were […]

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Great American Infrastructure: Ocean Parkway Bike Path, Brooklyn, NY

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This is the twenty-second in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States. What: The Ocean Parkway Bike Path is the first bike path ever in the United States. When: The Ocean Parkway Bike Path was completed in 1894 with an official opening celebration in 1896. Length: 5.9 miles (one way) Estimated travel […]

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Great American Infrastructure: Seven-Mile Bridge, FL

Friday, July 13th, 2012

This is the twenty-first in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States. What: The Seven-Mile Bridge is one of the longest bridges in America and was at the time of its completion (in 1982), the longest continuous concrete segmental bridge in the world. When: There are two bridges in the same […]

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