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  • China Opens Giant Sea Bridge Linking Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland

    10/23/2018 10:05:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 23, 2018 | Austin Ramzy
    HONG KONG — China officially opened the world’s longest sea bridge on Tuesday after China’s leader, Xi Jinping, and local officials inaugurated the 34-mile structure, which crosses the Pearl River Delta to link Hong Kong with Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. The project, which includes sections of bridge and artificial islands linked by a four-mile tunnel west of Hong Kong’s airport, went billions of dollars over budget and was delayed by two years. Chinese officials expect the bridge to significantly cut driving time between the two sides of the Pearl River, helping to achieve their vision of...
  • Fix Our Damn Roads measure on the November ballot ( Colorado )

    08/23/2018 7:59:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | August 22, 2018 | Jon Caldara
    For too long the state has held our roads and bridges hostage while increasing spending on other priorities like Medicaid expansion, hoping we taxpayers get so frustrated by traffic we’ll agree to a tax increase. Well, this fall voters will have a choice. As the Denver Chamber of Commerce pimps a 21% state sales tax increase for transit, roads and a slush fund for cities, there will be an alternative as our Fix Our Damn Roads initiative will also be on the ballot. It will force the state to use its large surplus funds and re-prioritize less than 2 percent...
  • Engineers Unveil, Test University's Innovative Bridge Girder System

    07/19/2018 10:59:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | July 19, 2018 | University of Maine
    The University of Maine unveiled an innovative, rapidly deployable bridge system July 12 at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Engineers, Maine Department of Transportation officials, business leaders, investors, researchers, members from Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (UMaine's licensee for the original “Bridge-in-a-Backpack”) and staff attended the event, at which a bridge span was strength-tested in the laboratory using computer-controlled hydraulic equipment that simulates the heaviest highway truck loads. The strength-test was conducted for the first time to prove the design modeling predictions, and demonstrate the bridge system can withstand the truck loading specified in the American Association of State Highway and...
  • Putin opens 12-mile bridge between Crimea and Russian mainland

    05/15/2018 9:32:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | May 15, 2018 | Andrew Roth
    Vladimir Putin has opened a bridge between the Russian mainland and Crimea, tightening Russia’s hold over the contested peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The 12-mile (19km), $3.7bn (Ł2.7bn) bridge is Moscow’s only direct road link to Crimea. Russia expects it will carry millions of cars and rail travellers and millions of tons of cargo each year. Previously, all car traffic passed over the Kerch strait by ferry or by passing through Ukraine.
  • Will: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

    03/16/2018 1:02:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 16, 2018 | George F. Will
    “MASON CITY: To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.” — Robert Penn Warren, “All the King’s Men” (1946) WASHINGTON — Appropriately, Warren began the best book about American populism, his novel based on Huey Long’s Louisiana career, with a rolling sentence about a road. Time was, infrastructure — roads, especially — was a preoccupation of populists, who were mostly rural and needed roads to get products to market, and for travel to neighbors and towns, which assuaged loneliness. Today, there is no comparably sympathetic constituency clamoring...
  • Collapsed Miami bridge was put in place WITHOUT the central tower and suspension cables [tr]

    03/16/2018 12:25:26 PM PDT · by C19fan · 263 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2018 | Ariel Zilber
    Engineering experts say investigators looking into the collapsed ‘instant’ bridge in Miami will want to know why a central tower which is usually built to support a suspension bridge was not in place when it collapsed onto Tamiami Trail on Thursday afternoon. Last week, Florida International University’s official Twitter account posted a rendering of the bridge in its completed form as envisioned by the planners before its opening to foot traffic in early 2019. The rendering shows a tall central column with cables connecting it to the main span. Engineers say the design is known as a ‘cable-stayed bridge,’ which...
  • Meet MCM and FIGG, the two firms behind FIU’s collapsed pedestrian bridge

    03/16/2018 7:36:02 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 3/15/2018 | DAVID SMILEY, NICHOLAS NEHAMAS, SARAH BLASKEY, BEN WIEDER AND DOUGLAS HANKS
    When a 175-foot stretch of a concrete bridge collapsed Thursday afternoon over Southwest Eighth Street, slamming down onto cars waiting at a stoplight, a prominent construction team instantly came under scrutiny. Munilla Construction Management and FIGG Bridge Group, the firms behind the $14.3 million walkway connecting Florida International University to the tiny blue-collar burb of Sweetwater, have a long history of massive public works projects, political donations — and a few safety issues. MCM is one of the most influential construction firms in Miami-Dade, and its executives are significant donors in county races. Pedro Munilla, the partner and company vice...
  • Proposed sales tax increase could boost funding for transportation projects

    02/27/2018 1:12:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Colorado Independent ^ | February 22, 2018 | John Herrick
    A coalition of local leaders backed by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce wants voters to approve a sales tax increase on the November ballot to pay for projects like the widening of Interstate 25 and the buildout of bike lanes. The group filed four ballot measures with the Secretary of State on Thursday that would raise between $500 million and $1 billion for transportation projects, according to the chamber, and allow that money to be used to pay for bonds, which would generate even more upfront cash. A booming population across the Front Range has created traffic snarls on...
  • FBI takes on ‘Islamophobia’: White nationalism seen as bigger threat than jihadism

    01/30/2018 4:16:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Leo Hohmann ^ | 1/26/18 | Leo Hohmann
    Two Michigan residents attended a BRIDGES meeting hosted by the Detroit office of the FBI recently that left them stunned by the level of Islamist infiltration at the Bureau.BRIDGES is a quarterly FBI outreach program that stands for Building Respect in Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity, whereby the FBI hosts workshops for law enforcement and various immigrant communities. They’ve been held in Boston, Detroit, Houston and Minneapolis-St. Paul and some city police departments host similar meetings on their own, without the FBI in attendance.According to the FBI website, BRIDGES “brings together members of diverse communities and state, local, and federal...
  • Man Lives Under Bridge for 10 Years to Crack Lottery Code

    01/23/2018 10:50:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018
    For ten years, a Chinese man has been living in solitude in hopes that he will be able figure out the formula behind winning lottery numbers. The 49-year-old man, identified as Wang Chengzhou, has made a home under a road bridge in Chongqing where he spends his time researching the mathematical formula behind the lottery's winning digits, reported local media. To make ends meet, Wang has worked part-time in jobs at the post office or as a cleaner, according to media reports. The man had worked at a construction site in Xian, Shaanxi province, but suffered a thigh fracture. After...
  • PennDOT to remove 'plug welds' from 13 bridges to avoid potentially dangerous condition

    01/14/2018 8:11:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 7, 2018 | Ed Blazina
    A crack that closed the Delaware River Bridge between Philadelphia and New Jersey last January has prompted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to plan repairs to 13 other bridges across the state. The crack in welding material, which created a 2-inch gap in a major truss, was so serious that officials thought they might have to permanently close the span owned by the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes. As a result of that problem, PennDOT looked for similar issues in other bridges; the repairs will involve drilling out areas where welding occurred to fill improperly drilled holes, called plug welding,...
  • W.Va. Legislators Debate Tolls for Interstate 70 Use

    12/29/2017 9:52:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Wheeling News-Register ^ | July 22, 2017 | Joselyn King
    WHEELING — Motorists know age and excessive use are taking a toll on Interstate 70 through Ohio County, but some state lawmakers are concerned drivers may be paying tolls after a proposed $172.5 million rehabilitation on the stretch of highway is completed. Delegates Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, and Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, both said they voted against a bill — which ultimately passed — giving the West Virginia Parkways Authority the ability to charge tolls after construction of new roads and major improvements to existing highways because of their concerns about future tolling on Interstate 70. State Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns,...
  • Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: To ease Brent Spence traffic, we need another bridge

    12/22/2017 7:31:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    WCPO 9 Cincinnati ^ | December 19, 2017 | Marais Jacon-Duffy
    After exploring other options, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released study findings Tuesday "confirming the need for a second bridge to carry Interstate 71/75 traffic across the Ohio River." A yearlong study "confirms the need for construction of a new bridge across the Ohio River to improve safety and travel on Interstate 71 and Interstate 75 between Ohio and Kentucky," a news release from the KYTC said. The news release cited the findings of the Brent Spence Strategic Corridor Study, which was led by the consulting firm Stantec. The best solution to "ease congestion and improve travel" is to build a...
  • Bridge commission moving forward on new headquarters in Lower Makefield

    12/17/2017 7:53:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | December 14, 2017 | Chris English
    The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has taken another step toward its planned new headquarters in Lower Makefield. Commission officials recently awarded a contract not to exceed $529,869 to Joseph Jingoli & Son of Lawrence Township, New Jersey, to serve as construction manager on the project. The new 37,000-square foot, two-story commission headquarters building will be constructed at the 10-acre park-and-ride just off Interstate 95 the commission bought from Lower Makefield last year for $800,000. Officials from the DRJTBC hope to award bids for the new building early next year and have it open by the summer of 2019....
  • NY-NJ Gateway Project: Critical Fixes, Big Builds

    12/11/2017 8:00:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Engineering News-Record ^ | November 15, 2017 | Tom Stabile
    The nearly $30-billion Gateway program to overhaul Northeast Corridor rail lines between Newark and New York City, an array of tunnels, bridges and viaduct over wetlands has two main thrusts: rehabilitation and expansion. These objectives are deeply intertwined—the project team must build new structures in the huge effort before it can upgrade old ones. That’s why digging two 1.4-mile, 28-ft-dia train tunnels under the Hudson River—an estimated $12.9-billion project component—isn’t just an expansion job but a lifeline to free a pair of 107-year-old tubes heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and in need of a rebuild. It’s also why...
  • New Jersey Congressman Endorses Federal Fuel Tax Increase

    12/06/2017 1:08:56 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | December 5, 2017 | Eugene Mulero
    An increase in federal taxes on fuel would significantly help fund repairs for highway infrastructure along Interstate 95 in Newark, N.J., Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D) said amid Congress’ consideration of tax reform legislation. “Improving I-95 will boost the economy by shortening commutes, making cargo transport more efficient and improving highway safety,” Payne said Nov. 30, adding the I-95 stretch, or the Turnpike as it is known in the state, has been underfunded due to deficits in the Highway Trust Fund over the years. The intricate network of ports, railways, highways and an international airport in the state’s largest city...
  • Nafta Talks Have High Stakes for Two Texas Bridge Owners

    12/04/2017 10:49:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 23, 2017 | Natalie Kitroeff
    RIO GRANDE CITY, Tex. — Caught quite literally in the middle of the international debate over the way the United States trades with its southern neighbor are two Texans named Sam. Sam Vale and Sam Sparks Jr. own two bridges that stretch across the Rio Grande, connecting farmers on either side with markets on the other, and linking communities in South Texas and northern Mexico that sometimes meet in the middle. Major retailers and manufacturers are mobilizing to keep the deal alive and to protest rules that could make it more expensive to bring parts and products in from Mexico....
  • For Pa. Turnpike, new approach to bridge replacement shows promise

    11/28/2017 10:57:12 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 29, 2017 | Ed Blazina
    After two successful efforts to replace small bridges in 55 hours over one weekend, the Pennsylvania Turnpike says it is looking for more opportunities to use the fast-replacement approach. In late September, the turnpike was closed for a weekend between Cranberry and Beaver Valley to replace a bridge in New Sewickley Township. Crews built the new bridge directly beside the existing structure, demolished the old bridge and used paraffin to slide the new bridge across beams into place. Earlier this month, it replaced another bridge on the Northeast Extension in Lehigh County. In that case, sections of the new bridge...
  • Finding, filling old mines a major part of Southern Beltway construction

    11/28/2017 8:03:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 27, 2017 | Ed Blazina
    Almost no matter what you build in Western Pennsylvania, you have to consider the possibility that in previous generations the site had been mined for coal. That’s especially true for the next leg of the Southern Expressway, a 13-mile, $700 million section being built along part of the Pittsburgh coal seam between Route 22 and Interstate 79 in western Allegheny and northern Washington counties. In the area around McDonald alone, where the highway will pass over Route 980 just outside the borough, at least 10 mines operated within two square miles between the mid-1860s and mid-1930s. Particularly in Western Pennsylvania,...
  • $4.4 Billion Bay Area Transportation Plan — to Be Paid for by Higher Bridge Tolls — Sent to Governor

    10/15/2017 8:12:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    KQED ^ | September 15, 2017 | Dan Brekke
    If you live in the Bay Area, you’ll be hearing a lot about Senate Bill 595 over the next year or so. If you’re a regular user of any of the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges — that’s all of them, except the Golden Gate Bridge — you’ll want to pay close attention. SB 595, which won final passage Thursday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, provides for a vote in the nine Bay Area counties next year to raise bridge tolls by as much as $3. If the Bay Area Toll Authority, the agency that oversees the bridges,...