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Better Bridges 2012 Bridge Inventory

Tina Grady Barbaccia on Nov 12, 2012

Better Bridges 2012 Bridge Inventory

Getting Better all the Time   America’s structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridge count slowly, steadily falling   By Tina Grady Barbaccia   They aren’t numbers to throw a party for yet, but once again, the number of structurally deficient (SD) or functionally obsolete (FO) bridges ...

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Bridges are singing in the rain

Tom Jackson on Oct 25, 2012

Bridges are singing in the rain

Scientists at Brigham Young University have discovered a way to measure defects in bridges by listening to the sounds they make when impacted by drops of water. Echo location is the basic principle at work here, a technique used for all ...

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How come we can get trucks to Mars but not under low bridges on earth?

John Latta on Sep 27, 2012

It's surprising how little oversight there is in the use of GPS devices in a moving vehicle. Maybe you see that as a good, free-market, thing, or maybe worry about where it's taking our driving future. New York Democratic Senator Chuck ...

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NDE/NDT For Highways and Bridges: Structural Materials Technology Conference in New York City

Tina Grady Barbaccia on Sep 25, 2012

The International American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) held its NDE/NDT For Highways and Bridges: Structural Materials Technology Conference in New York City August 21-24 in New York City, and Infrasense engineers played a key role in presenting recent bridge ...

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Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project breaks ground

Tina Grady Barbaccia on Sep 01, 2012

Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project breaks ground

At an Aug. 30 ceremony, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez and other of federal, state and local officials broke ground on the first construction phase of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges ...

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Which U.S. bridges have failed? Here's a list from January 1980 through this year

Tina Grady Barbaccia on Aug 06, 2012

Which U.S. bridges have failed? Here's a list from January 1980 through this year

Timothy G. Galarnyk, CEO of Construction Risk Management, presented this list of U.S. bridge failures in June 2012 at the International Bridge Conference. (Galarnyk compiled this from media reports, but when checking with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway ...

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Better Bridges

Better Roads Staff on Aug 05, 2012

Better Bridges

Both Ends to the Middle   It’s not either end of this bridge that is its most important entrance/exit point. It’s the middle. That situation occurs because when you contract to add lanes to a divided Interstate using the median for the new ...

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Feds OK Ohio River Bridges Project for construction; approach will save $1.5B

Tina Grady Barbaccia on Jun 20, 2012

Feds OK Ohio River Bridges Project for construction; approach will save $1.5B

The Ohio River Bridges Project today received federal approval to proceed to construction with a cost-savings plan recommended by the governors of Kentucky and Indiana and Louisville’s mayor. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued the revised Record of Decision,approving the plan ...

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Better Bridges

Tina Grady Barbaccia on May 05, 2012

Better Bridges

Bridge Climbing Engineers on ropes doing specialized structural inspections By Tina Grady Barbaccia Bridges that were once inaccessible by traditional methods can now be thoroughly inspected by engineers climbing and rappelling down the structures.When the floodgates of a large dam in Folsom, Calif., ...

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Better Bridges

Tina Grady Barbaccia on Feb 17, 2012

Better Bridges

Road Into Bridge A massive landslide causes Tennessee DOT to rethink its rebuilding By Tina Grady Barbaccia Sometimes it’s just better to start over. That’s exactly how the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) decided to handle the collapse of a nearly three-mile stretch of ...

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Bridgestone Americas tire operations establishes mining tire business

Tina Grady Barbaccia on Feb 14, 2012

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) has formed an integrated mining tire business unit and reorganized the Bridgestone Commercial Group. The new business unit, Bridgestone Mining Solutions, combines all mining tire sales, service and sales engineering, as well as a select group ...

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LaHood: Nearly $1.6 available for damaged roads, bridges

Tina Grady Barbaccia on Jan 09, 2012

Nearly $1.6 billion is being made available to states and territories across the United States to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood ...

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