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Mar 25, 2019

Making Bridges safer earns Saiidi an American Society of Civil Engineers award

Saiidi has pioneered, and revolutionized, bridge construction – specifically with the use of innovative materials – to not only make bridges safer, but to make them usable after a major earthquake. For this, the civil engineering professorin the College of Engineering has been honored by the American Society of Civil for his work with the Washington State Department of Transportation in the design.

Feb 19, 2019

How the state will replace a bridge over I-95 in just 2 weeks

The $15 million project, near Exit 9, will utilize Accelerated Bridge Construction techniques, meaning new bridge spans will be built in their entirety, adjacent to the existing bridge (with negligible traffic impacts) and then lifted and moved as one unit into place.

Oct 16, 2018

Rehab planned for bridge carrying MBTA Franklin Line

The East Street Bridge that carries the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Franklin Commuter Rail Line will undergo weekend work Oct. 19 and Nov. 9, MBTA has announced. … New precast concrete abutment caps, precast concrete approach slabs and two steel superstructures will be installed throughout two separate weekends using accelerated bridge construction techniques, MBTA said.

Oct 16, 2018

Cleveland Bridge landmark projects recognised at Structural Steel Awards

Cleveland Bridge UK has been recognised for recent landmark projects at the Structural Steel Design Awards. Presented at the 50th anniversary of the awards, held at the Banqueting Hall in London, Cleveland Bridge secured a prestigious award for its role in the redevelopment of London Bridge Station, … The Darlington-based steel company carried out work for the £1.35bn bridge, connecting Edinburgh to Fife, on behalf of Transport Scotland’s main contractor, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, working for the Scottish government.

Oct 11, 2018

Bridge shake test is part of earthquake engineering research for Caltrans

Mehdi “Saiid” Saiidi held the third in a series of three bridge shake table tests Oct. 5. … Saiidi, a civil engineering professor in the College of Engineering, has had partnerships with the California Department of Transportation for many years to conduct research … The mission of ABC is to develop earthquake-resistant precast bridge components and systems while transforming research data into seismic design guidelines.

Oct 08, 2018

DelDOT Wins Award for Innovative Practices

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) was recognized at the 2018 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Annual Conference as one of three states to receive the 2018 State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) Excellence Award. … DelDOT was recognized for its commitment to innovation throughout the department. This includes the use of innovative practices on projects such as accelerated bridge construction and ultra-high performance on the Blackbird Creek bridge project, …

Oct 05, 2018

I-895 over Patapsco River Flats in Maryland gets ultra-light bridge deck

A partially filled concrete grid bridge deck was selected as a major component of the solution for the lightweight superstructure replacement on I-895 over Patapsco River Flats for the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA). … Although accelerated bridge construction (ABC) was not a requirement for this project, grid reinforced concrete decks have long been utilized by toll agencies to accelerate the speed of construction for this reason.

Oct 04, 2018

New Courtland Street Bridge Opening Monday

ATLANTA, GA — The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) will officially re-open the Courtland Street Bridge to traffic on Monday, October 8. The 111-year old bridge was fully replaced this year using accelerated bridge construction techniques similar to the I-85 bridge replacement last year. The $25 million project replaced all 28 spans of the Courtland Street Bridge over the MARTA rail lines, CSX rail lines, and Decatur Street.

Sep 17, 2018

Early finish for A14 bridge lifts

Thanks to months of planning, the installation of two 1,000 tonne bridges over the A14 in Cambridgeshire over the weekend was completed a full 18 hours ahead of schedule. Dutch heavy lifting specialist Mammoet has installed a pair of 1,000-tonne bridges as part of a new improved Bar Hill junction. The A14 was closed at 9pm on Friday 14th September and was not scheduled to reopen until 6am Monday. However, smooth progress meant that Highways England was able to reopen it at noon on Sunday.