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Mar 10, 2017

American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

The ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card continues to give bridges a grade of C+ (“mediocre, requires attention”). “The U.S. has 614,387 bridges, almost four in 10 of which are 50 years or older. 56,007 — 9.1% — of the nation’s bridges were structurally deficient in 2016, and on average there were 188 million trips across a structurally deficient bridge each day. While the number of bridges that are in such poor condition as to be considered structurally deficient is decreasing, the average age of America’s bridges keeps going up and many of the nation’s bridges are approaching the end of their design life. The most recent estimate puts the nation’s backlog of bridge rehabilitation needs at $123 billion.”

Feb 22, 2017

Raimondo Marks One-Year Anniversary Of RhodeWorks Law

Governor Gina Raimondo said the RhodeWorks law passed amid controversy last year is yielding positive dividends for the state. Raimondo said RhodeWorks has … set more than 100 deficient bridges on the path to improvement; and enabled the state to save millions of dollars through preventive maintenance on 500 other bridges.

Nov 18, 2016

Rapid Reconstruction Method Used to Replace Rhode Island Bridge

Using accelerated construction methods saves a full year of construction on two bridge replacements. By using precast concrete bridge foundation elements, supplied by Oldcastle Precast-Rehoboth, MA, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, in the span of just 80 hours, replaced the deteriorating East Shore Expressway Bridge 475, in East Providence, Rhode Island. The bridge replacement is part of a two-bridge project …

Nov 04, 2016

A robust solution

Seismic evaluation of grouted splice sleeve connections for ABC bridge pier repair. In recent years, accelerated bridge construction (ABC) has gained attention within regions of high seismicity. … This article describes a research study which investigates the performance of two precast bridge piers with GSS connectors under simulated seismic loads.

Nov 04, 2016

A balance of risk and glory

Slide-in (lateral slide) bridge replacement in Hartford, Vermont, typifies ABC project delivery.

Nov 04, 2016

Perfecting Frank

Designers restore Minnesota bridge named after designer. The Franklin Avenue Bridge, officially named the F.W. Cappelen Memorial Bridge, has carried travelers over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minn., since 1923. … The bridge was closed on May 8, 2016, and the accelerated bridge construction (ABC) period began.

Oct 31, 2016

VIDEO: Crews demo and replace Penn. bridge in just 57 hours (Time-lapse)

The video below shows time-lapse footage of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) project to replace the Route 30 bridge over Bessemer Ave. PennDOT let the job in November 2015. HNTB was the designer, and Brayman Construction was the contractor, winning the bid at $2.3 million.

Oct 21, 2016

WVU and Marshall professors team up to create cost-effective bridge construction system

A civil engineering professor from West Virginia University and one of his former students, who is now on the faculty at Marshall University, have teamed up to create a cost-effective bridge construction system for short-span steel bridges. … “The Federal Highway Administration issued a challenge to us in 2009 to develop a cost-effective accelerated bridge construction system for steel bridges 140 feet or less,” Barth said.

Oct 19, 2016

CTDOT Completes Accelerated Bridge Replacement Project in Waterford

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has completed another Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) project, replacing the north- and southbound I-95 bridges over Oil Mill Road in Waterbury. The ABC process entails building a bridge section adjacent to its final location and then moved into place quickly once constructed – usually one weekend or one overnight period.