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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.

Dec 12, 2018

Connecticut DOT Unveils 5-year, $12B Infrastructure Plan

Another headwind that the program faces is that one of its major champions, James Redeker, the CTDOT commissioner, could be replaced when Connecticut Gov.-elect Ned Lamont takes office in January. Under Redeker, the department completed its first design-build project, the $34.7 million rehabilitation of four bridges along Route 8 in Bridgeport. The department also used the Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) method on the project and was able to reduce construction time from two seasons to 24 days

Dec 06, 2018

Two Down, Two to Go for East Hartford $22M Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Two down, two to go is the progress report for the Connecticut Department of Transportation bridge rehabilitation project that completed the second bridge in East Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 19 and will complete two more next year. The first bridge, on Potter School Road over 1-84 in Willington was completed first, on Aug. 25.

Nov 29, 2018

Simmonsville Bridge Reopens with Fanfare

At a special ribbon cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, the Department of Transportation, state and local officials celebrated the reopening of the bridge that spans Simmonsville Brook which had been closed since July. The $2.8 million dollar project came in on budget and was completed ahead of schedule. “They brought this project in on budget and four months ahead of schedule. This is a project that normally have taken two years to build, but the new DOT with our new project management capabilities built it in eight months,” said Peter Alviti, Director of the DOT. According to the department, had conventional construction methods been used and the bridge remained open to the traffic, it would have taken two full construction seasons to complete. By coordinating the closure of the bridge, DOT was able to quickly replace the structure.

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, …