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BENT NOTICE: On October 27, 2005 I suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and I am still having difficulty reading for long periods. The good news is that I should have a full recovery and have started back to work part time. Unfortunately I am still not up to working on the BENT, but hope start it back soon. Sincerely, Richard Pickings, Webmaster.

 

Plan Calls For White Church Bridge To Be Closed 2-3 Years - 8/16/2005
BARRINGTON - Some motorists rolling through Barrington last Thursday were surprised to see the White Church Bridge had been closed to traffic, but according to a Rhode Island Department of Transportation official that scene will likely become routine in the next couple of years....

Bridge Won't Be Cheap - 8/16/2005
BULLHEAD CITY - A new bridge connecting Bullhead City and Laughlin, estimated to be completed in roughly five years, could end up costing about eight times as much as it cost to build the current Bullhead/Laughlin Bridge....

Skybridge A First For City - : - Bellevue Officials Hope Connection Creates Pedestrian-friendly Zone - 8/16/2005
BELLEVUE - While the city sleeps tonight, a 109-foot-long steel skeleton will make its way into the center of downtown. By the time the sun rises Saturday, Bellevue will have its first skybridge....

Llinois Projects Funded In Federal Transportation Bill - 8/16/2005
ILLINOIS - _Harrisburg: $2 million. Preconstruction and construction of IL 13 connector. _Harrisburg: $2 million. Preconstruction and construction of IL 13 connector....

I-95 Project Progressing Slowly, But Surely - 8/16/2005
BRISTOL - A link between I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike -- which would relieve traffic in both Bucks and Mercer counties -- is years away....

Homes Razed For Bridge - 8/16/2005
SAUK RAPIDS - The first visible signs of the long-awaited Sauk Rapids bridge project continue this week with the demolition of eight homes and one business....

Ulfa Blows Up Another Pipeline, Bridge In Assam - 8/16/2005
GUWAHATI - Stepping up violence ahead of Independence Day, ULFA blew up a gas pipeline, a steel bridge and a transformer across Assam, police said on Tuesday....

Delayed Bridge Work Begins At Site Of Fatal Girder Collapse - 8/16/2005
DENVER - Contractors on Tuesday night lowered a 52-ton girder assembly on the C-470 bridge over Interstate 70, the site of a fatal bridge accident 15 months ago....

Washington Group's Capital Outlook - 8/16/2005
WASHINGTON - The federal government has begun to tackle more problems in America's power grid and infrastructure, which looks like a boon for engineering and construction firm Washington Group...

We’ll Take Our Pork Sliced Thick - 8/16/2005
NORTH DAKOTA - Within minutes of the president’s signing of the new highway bill, a gaggle of self-anointed critics began squealing “pork!”...

"rite Of Passage" Ending With Rail Bridge's Removal - 8/16/2005
SEATTLE - A big part of Monroe's history has been lifted away from its place over the Skykomish River....

New S.c. Bridge Has Longest Span In North America - 8/16/2005
CHARLESTON, S.C. - It’s the $632 million Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that carries traffic on U.S. Highway 17 over the Cooper River between Charleston and Mount Pleasant. With the dedication and opening on July 16, it becomes the longest cable-stay bridge in North America with a main span of 1,546 feet....

Japan Highway Exec Indicted Over Bids - 8/16/2005
JAPAN - Prosecutors filed charges Monday against Michio Uchida, vice president of the Japan Highway Public Corp., for his involvement in rigging bids for bridge projects, resulting in inflated costs....

Millions In Federal Funds On The Way For Road Widening - 8/16/2005
SANLUIS OBISPO - Congress approves money for more lanes on Highway 46 East and the Santa Maria River Bridge, plus funding for a bike trail and Pismo Promenade...

Polymer Bandages May Give New Life To Old Bridges - 8/16/2005
WISCONSIN - Long polymer "bandages," designed so that troops could quickly repair or reinforce bridges to bear the weight of 113-ton military tank transport vehicles, now could be used to quickly and inexpensively strengthen aging rural bridges and concrete culverts around the country....

India-sri Lanka Channel Project Looking Up - 8/16/2005
INDIA-SRI LANKA - After more than a century on the drawing board, the ambitious Sethusamudram Shipping Canal project, billed as India's Suez, looks set to become reality....

Pork, Like Beauty, Is In The Eye Of The Beholder - 8/16/2005
OAK PARK - That's because Congress earmarked $4.8 million in federal transportation funds to keep alive the "Cap the Ike" project, a scheme that's being advanced by some of my fellow Oak Parkers to build a massive bridge over the Eisenhower Expressway where it cuts through the suburb....

Authorities Investigate Fall From Highway 70 Bypass Bridge - 7/26/2005
SELMA - SELMA, N.C. -- Authorities said that a person fell from the Highway 70 bypass bridge that crosses over Highway 301 Monday morning....

Morse Bros. To Deliver Record-setting Bridge Beams - 7/26/2005
OREGON - The largest concrete beams ever used in a highway bridge in Oregon will leave the Morse Bros. Inc. concrete plant in Harrisburg Wednesday morning, destined for the Chemult bridge project on U.S. 97....

Span Gets Their Attention - 7/26/2005
VIRGINIA - CENTRAL GARAGE -- The Virginia Department of Transportation is working to replace a bridge in King William County, but residents say the detour sign blocking state Route 618 is a daily reminder of how long the process is taking....

Fitch: Comment On Recent Legislation Regarding Bay Area Toll Bridge System - 7/26/2005
NEW YORK - July 25, 2005  It is Fitch's opinion that the enactment of Assembly Bill (AB) 144 by the State of California on July 18, 2005 provides adequate flexibility to ensure little to no adverse consequence to credit quality for Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) and California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (CIEDB) Bay Area toll bridges seismic retrofit program debtholders. The proposed solution, another step in the lengthy process to finish the Bay Area's troubled seismic retrofit program, may serve to finally put the necessary elements in place to see the program through to completion. Additional engineering and financial challenges cannot be ruled out, and may very well still be reasonably expected, but it appears as though the legislature has delegated the necessary authority for the selected entity, BATA, to finish the job without returning to the state for another solution....

Temporarily' Closed Maidstone Bridge Reopens 16 Years Later - 7/26/2005
MAIDSTONE - MAIDSTONE, Vt./STRATFORD HOLLOW, N.H. -- A ceremony Saturday celebrated the reopening of a bridge closed for 16 years - and honored the woman who made it possible....

cost Of Downtown Bridge Could Kill Project - 7/26/2005
ILLINOIS - Transportation officials in Missouri and Illinois are concerned that the $1.6 billion price tag on a new Mississippi River bridge could kill any chance of building it, or that construction would take so long that congestion relief between St. Louis and the Metro East could be at least 15 years away....

Roaring Run Bridge To Stay Closed A Few More Weeks - 7/26/2005
PITTSBURGH - The bridge, which carries McCartney Road over Roaring Run, was to be completed in April but won't be finished until guard rails are installed in early August. All other work has been done....

Thai-lao Bridge Collapse Death Toll Raises To Eight - 7/26/2005
BANGKOK - BANGKOK, July 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Death toll of the collapsed Thai-Lao bridge has risen from one to eight, with six more bodies recovered, one injured dying in hospital and two still missing....

Filipino Engineer Killed In Thai Bridge Collapse - 7/26/2005
THAILAND - The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday said that a Filipino engineer working in Thailand was among those killed when a bridge collapsed in the Mekong River....

16 Years After Quake, Bay Bridge Project Poised To Begin - 7/26/2005
OAKLAND - OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sixteen years after a major earthquake collapsed a portion of the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, construction of a sturdier replacement span is finally poised to begin after years of bickering about aesthetics and skyrocketing costs that drew comparisons to Boston's Big Dig....

Japan Highway Vice President Held Over Bid-rigging - 7/26/2005
JAPAN - Prosecutors on Monday arrested Michio Uchida, vice president of Japan Highway Public Corp., for allegedly helping to rig bids for bridge projects ordered by the highway body....

Irang Bridge Reconstruction To Be Completed Today - 7/26/2005
IMPHAL - MPHAL, Jul 23: Reconstruction work on the Irang bridge on NH-53, destroyed by supporters of the ANSAM-supported economic blockade on July 20 morning has been taken up on war footing, and officials supervising the work have expressed confidence that it would be completed by tomorrow evening....

Work Halted On Thruway Bridge Where Backup Started - 7/26/2005
ALBANY - Albany, NY - AP) — Work has been halted at the site of a Thruway bridge project where an engineering problem caused a 20-mile backup at the start of last weekend....

Bridge Work Nearing End - 7/26/2005
WILLIAMSTOWN - WILLIAMSTOWN -- Both Route 7 bridges undergoing renovation by the Massachusetts Highway Department should be completed around October, said Ross Dindio, District 1 highway director....

Alleged Toll Bridge Robber, Shooter Due In Court - 7/26/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - A man charged with robbing and shooting a Golden Gate Bridge toll collector in April is scheduled to appear in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday....

New Mississippi Bridge Hits Funding Roadblock - 7/26/2005
BELLEVILLE - BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A lack of federal support is stalling plans to build a bridge that would span the Mississippi River, so transportation officials in llinois and Missouri are rethinking design and cost issues....

Replacement Of Bridge To Get A Sept. 1 Hearing - 7/26/2005
INDIANAPOLIS - Although construction funding has not been set, county officials are proceeding with a bridge project in White River Township....

Work Halted On Thruway Bridge Where Backup Started - 7/26/2005
ALBANY - LBANY, N.Y., -- The state ordered a halt to construction of a bridge spanning the Thruway in western New York after a structural problem caused a 20-mile traffic backup last week, officials said Tuesday....

Japan Highway Vice President Held Over Bid-rigging - 7/26/2005
JAPAN - Prosecutors on Monday arrested Michio Uchida, vice president of Japan Highway Public Corp., for allegedly helping to rig bids for bridge projects ordered by the highway body....

Construction Worker Hit By Beam On Sandusky Bay Bridge - 7/26/2005
OHIO - Marcus M. Holtz, 50, was was apparently struck in the forehead by the beam at about 8 a.m., the Ohio Highway Patrol said....

Morse Bros. To Deliver Record-setting Bridge Beams - 7/26/2005
OREGON - The largest concrete beams ever used in a highway bridge in Oregon will leave the Morse Bros. Inc. concrete plant in Harrisburg Wednesday morning, destined for the Chemult bridge project on U.S. 97....

Cleanup At Site Of Bridge Collapse - 7/26/2005
ST. LOUIS - ST. LOUIS Clean-up crews are working today where a section of the closed McKinley Bridge collapsed....

Route 60 Bridge To Be Widened - 7/26/2005
LAKE FOREST - After five years of discussion, political and business leaders have forged a plan to eliminate a traffic chokepoint by widening the Route 60 bridge over the I-94 tollway in Lake Forest....

One Saboteur Killed In Bridge Collapse, At Least Three Others Hurt - 7/26/2005
IMPHAL - MPHAL, Jul 20: Hours after large-scale use of National-Highway 53 commenced yesterday, following hectic preparations by the BRO engineers, the highway link has been snapped again after suspected supporters of the ANSAM’s economic blockade destroyed a vital bridge over the Irang river in the early hours today....

State To Build Bridge Linking Airport, Edgewood Neighborhood - 7/26/2005
KENTUCKY - The state of Kentucky will build a bridge over Interstate 65, linking the Edgewood neighborhood with Louisville International Airport....

Militants Blow Up Vital Bridge, Manipur Cut Off - 7/26/2005
MANIPUR - anipur is likely to remain cut off from rest of the country for at least three more days after suspected militants of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah blew off a vital bridge on National Highway 53, connecting Manipur to Assam, in the wee hours of Wednesday....

Big Rig Carrying Modular Home Slams Into Bridge - 7/26/2005
SACRAMENTO - Lanes on Highway 99 in South Sacramento County were shut down Friday after a big rig carrying a modular home hit a bridge....

State: Rejection Of Road Finance Plan Will Stop Work - 7/26/2005
ALBANY - ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state has stopped awarding transportation contracts following state Comptroller Alan Hevesi's rejection Thursday of a plan to restructure $2.9 billion in Thruway Authority borrowing for highway and bridge construction....

West Palm Says No To Bridge Funding - 7/26/2005
WEST PALM - Plans to build a bridge at Northlake Boulevard that would improve water flow from the Grassy Waters Preserve into the Loxahatchee Slough are on hold....

Transportation Resumed For Hengchun Residents - 7/26/2005
CHINA - Residents in the Hengchun area at the southern tip of the island were finally able to resume normal external transportation links as two temporary bridges were completed to replace the damaged Fengkong Bridge....

Terror Watch On Tappan Zee Bridge - 7/26/2005
ROCKLAND - On the evening of the July 7 London bombings, the Rockland Sheriff's Marine Unit was escorting the ferry from Haverstraw to Ossining when an urgent call came over the radio: suspicious vessel at the Tappan Zee Bridge....

new Turn In Tenders For Bridge Over Messina. Maire Buys Tecnim - 7/26/2005
ROME - - Rome, Jul 22 - Something has changed in the consortia competing for the contracts concerning the construction of the Bridge over the Strait of Messina after Tecnimont, an engineering company previously owned by the Edison group, was bought by Maire Holding. Indeed, Tecnimont, which has submitted its tender for the project management of the works, was previously linked to Impregilo, the company which is competing with Rome-based Astaldi to be appointed general contractor....

Pdm Program: Crew Films Documentary As Bridge Company Works On D.c. Project - 7/26/2005
DC - PALATKA - It was 88 degrees and extremely muggy Wednesday as British documentary maker Chris Walker and his three-man crew filmed workers fabricating steel at PDM Bridge for the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which is being lauded as the largest draw bridge in the world....

Road Project Difficulties Force State To Revise Plan - 7/26/2005
LOUISIANA - The state is taking a divide-and-conquer approach to paring down the cost of a new highway and toll bridge to make Port Fourchon in Lafourche Parish more accessible....

Gov. Fletcher Announces Plan To Build Bridge Connecting Grade Lane, Airport - 7/26/2005
LOUISVILLE - (LOUISVILLE) -- The state of Kentucky will be building a bridge to new jobs -- literally. A $4 million bridge will connect the airport to land targeted for development on the other side of Interstate 65. As WAVE 3's David McArthur reports, the announcement came as an anchor tenant announced its arrival....

Contracts Halted After Hevesi Ruling - 7/26/2005
ALBANY - ALBANY - The state has stopped awarding transportation contracts after State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi's rejection of a plan to restructure $2.9 billion in Thruway Authority borrowing for highway and bridge construction....

Highway Bill Poised To Fund Bypass Plan - 7/26/2005
GREAT FALLS - A new highway bill being hammered out in Congress is expected to include $4.5 million to help design a new bypass south of Great Falls, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said Friday....

Forces Detect, Defuse Ied On J&k Highway - 7/26/2005
INDIA - efused an improvised explosive device (IED) at Ramban on Jammu and Kashmir National highway, hours before the passing of a convoy of Amarnath pilgrims, a defence spokesman said here....

Temporary Bridges Allow Resumption Of South Taiwan Traffic - 7/26/2005
TAIWAN - Army engineers and their counterparts from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications yesterday competed with each other and built two temporary bridges to replace the Fengkang Bridge, thus allowing much of the traffic between Kaohsiung and the Kenting National Park on the southern tip of the island to resume....

Old Bridge To Get Overhaul - 7/26/2005
JERSEY - The historic steel bridge that connects Passaic and Wallington is rotting. Rust corrodes its trusses, floor beams and stringers; black graffiti mars its frame....

Human Toll Of An Iconic Crossing - 7/26/2005
UK - t has established itself as an iconic feat of engineering, but the Forth Rail Bridge could have looked very different had tragedy not intervened....

Katherine Island Bridge Work Bids Higher Than Council Anticipated - 7/26/2005
ALBERT LEA - Bids for the reconstruction of the Katherine Island Bridge came in more than double the City Engineering Department's bid for the project....

Double Arch Bridge - 7/5/2005
PRICE COUNTY - Area residents urged to view situation as a wake-up call to preserve historic sites...

Rev Moon To Build Bridge Spanning Bering Strait - 7/5/2005
SIBERIA - The Reverend Sun Myung Moon will unveil his proposal for the construction of a 51-mile-long bridge between Alaska and Siberia....

17 Feared Dead As Truck Plunges Into Bengal River After Bridge Collapse:- - 7/5/2005
INDIA - At least 17 people are feared dead after a temporary bridge collapsed under the weight of a construction truck that was passing over it. The incident occurred on Saturday evening....

Howrah Bridge's Enduring Image Scarred:- - 7/5/2005
KOLKATA - The Howrah Bridge, a majestic landmark in this West Bengal capital, has become scarred forever after a cargo vessel took only a few seconds to bruise its undercarriage and dent 62 years of history....

Bridge Battle - 7/5/2005
PETALUMA - The bridge owner, the North Coast Railroad Authority, is suing Petaluma's biggest barge operator, charging its barges have damaged the Black Point train bridge at the mouth of the Petaluma River....

Unnecessary Tower Will Serve As Monument To Squabbling - 7/5/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - Now that the latest round of political posturing related to the Bay Bridge is over, we're right back where we started -- with a self-consciously artistic design for a "signature" tower that doesn't have to be there in the first place....

Kaptur Seeks Federal Help In Bridge Probe - 7/5/2005
TOLEDO - U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) has asked the Labor Department to assist the Lucas County prosecutor's office in its ongoing criminal investigation of a crane collapse that killed four workers last year at the I-280 Maumee River bridge construction site....

Heavily Modified Crane Resumes Work On I-280 Project - 7/5/2005
TOLEDO - For the first time since a fatal crane collapse 16 months ago, Fru-Con Construction crews hoisted segments for a main line approach span of the new I-280 Maumee River bridge....

Vessel Stuck Under Howrah Bridge - 7/5/2005
KOLKATA - A large empty barge plying on the Ganges got stuck under the Howrah Bridge and brought traffic in western parts of Kolkata to a complete halt on Friday....

latest Satellite Technology To Help Monitor Large Bridges - 7/5/2005
BRITAIN - University experts have studied one of Britain’s most prominent landmarks in a bid to discover how the latest satellite technology could make bridges last longer and remain safe for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists....

Http://www.speroforum.com/blog/entry.asp?entry_id=189 - 7/5/2005
CALCUTTA - Alarmed at last Friday’s incident in which a barge rammed into the belly of the Howrah bridge causing damage, the Calcutta Port Trust will open talks with several regulatory authorities tomorrow to ensure such mishaps do not recur....

New Bridge Over Chesapeake Won't Ease Local Traffic - 7/5/2005
BALTIMORE - Route 50 through Annapolis isn't wide enough to handle traffic no matter where the state puts a new bridge over the bay, planners warned a statewide panel last night....

Four-lane Bridge Favored - 7/5/2005
WINTHROP - Winthrop, Mo., residents had yet another chance Thursday evening to review Amelia Earhart Bridge options, with a majority of those attending leaning toward the building a new four-lane bridge and destroying the existing one....

Mdot Prepares To Replace Bridge Over Liberty Road Interchange - 7/4/2005
MISSISSIPPI - A project that will yield a "dramatic entrance" into the city will soon be under way. Years of planning will be put into action at the Liberty Road interchange, which is to undergo major changes from the Mississippi Department of Transportation....

Dot Deems Memorial Bridge Safe To Travel - 7/4/2005
PORTSMOUTH - The Memorial Bridge is safe for traffic, despite a low 2000 National Bridge Inventory sufficiency rating, state and local officials say....

Kingston Bridge In A New Light - 7/4/2005
KINGSTON - Public art with a purpose. When Britain's busiest road bridge is in the spotlight it is usually for the wrong reasons. Lanes or the bridge itself are closed, causing gridlock for the hundreds of thousands of drivers who use it each day. It has suffered from, and been treated for, concrete cancer...

Prosecutors To Grill Former Japan Highway Exec - 7/4/2005
TOKYO - Prosecutors plan to question a 70-year-old former board member of the Japan Highway Public Corp. as early as this week over a bid-rigging scandal for bridge construction projects....

Harrison Considers Request To Rebuild Clinton Bridge harrison Considers Request To Rebuild Clinton Bridge - 7/4/2005
HARRISON - The Road Commission is considering applying for state and federal funding for bridges in critical need to repair the Bridgeview Bridge, which connects the community....

$ 51.50m Kfaed Loan For Third Karnaphuli Bridge - 7/4/2005
BANGLADESH - Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development would provide Bangladesh a loan worth approximately US$ 51.50 million for construction of the "Third Karnaphuli Bridge" in Chittagong....

More On The Cascade Bridge Collapse - 7/4/2005
OREGON - The wreckage of a private wooden bridge, which was supported by two logs, lies in the water of the South Santiam River....

Plans Moving Forward To Replace Landmark Forest County Bridge - 7/4/2005
PENNSYLVANIA - Plans call for the construction of a two-lane bridge next year just south of the existing span. The new, 760-foot-long steel girder bridge will cost $8 million. Causeways and temporary construction bridges will be placed in the Allegheny River from which the new bridge would be built, Uhl said....

An Overdue Deal To Bridge The Bay - 7/4/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - T'S HARD to declare victory after 16 years of waiting and billions in overruns for a new Bay Bridge. No one -- not drivers, local legislators nor Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- is walking away a total winner....

Indian River Bridge Project Delayed - 7/4/2005
DOVER - Completion of the new bridge will be delayed a year -- from 2008 until 2009, State Transportation Secretary Nathan Hayward III, said. That means the current Indian River Inlet bridge will have to do for longer as work goes on....

mdot Funds Traffic Study - 7/4/2005
ONTONAGON - The Michigan Department of Transportation is funding a study to determine access to the three highway corridors into Ontonagon once the new bridge over the Ontonagon River is completed....

A Bridge Too Far Gone? - 7/4/2005
OKLAHOMA - Standing below the Interstate 244 bridge on the west bank of the Arkansas River, a state highway commissioner made a case to the media Wednesday for raising Oklahoma's fuel tax. "It's kind of on its last legs," he said of the bridge, pointing to a crumbling support beam as traffic roared overhead. That assessment came from Guy Berry, the highway commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's District 8 and a member of Oklahomans for Safe Bridges and Roads, a group rallying for approval of State Question 723....

Golden Gate Bridge Board Oks Criteria For Suicide Barrier Study - 4/26/2005
SF - The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District board of directors approved this morning modified criteria that will be included in a study to evaluate a proposed suicide barrier on the bridge....

Highway 12 Expansion Project: Dead In Its Tracks - 4/26/2005
WISCONSIN - The project went dead in its tracks when a Racine-based company, which had been one of the country's oldest and largest concrete paving operations shut down. James Cape and Sons is now going through bankruptcy proceedings. They left the $23 million stretch about half finished....

Feds Set To Start Welding Scrutiny - 4/26/2005
OAKLAND - The Federal Highway Administration, invoking emergency funding rules, has brought two weld inspection experts to the Bay Bridge construction site to determine if worker allegations of faulty welds have merit....

Building Bridges 'for By-election' - 4/26/2005
AUSTRALIA - REDCLIFFE residents have been promised an end to the traffic bottleneck on the Houghton Highway, with the State Government announcing a $149 million duplication of the existing three-lane bridge across Moreton Bay....

County Says Cracks In 249 Bridge State's Problem - 4/26/2005
INDIANA - Porter County Attorney Gwenn Rinkenberger said she’s preparing to write a letter informing the state that the county government is pulling out of its agreement to maintain the new Ind. 249 bridge....

Bridge Damaged By April Flood - 4/26/2005
PENNSYLVANIA - There's a gaping three-by-eight-foot hole on the wall surface of the pier closest to the New Jersey side of the river. Apparently, the supports, which were constructed in the mid-nineteenth century, are ovoid rings of masonry filled with rubble such as bricks and pieces of concrete....

Hunks Of Welds Headed To Lab For Rigorous Tests - 4/26/2005
OAKLAND - Federal inspectors plan by week's end to remove pieces of steel in the new Bay Bridge to test if welds are safe by pouring acid on the samples in a lab....

Fire-prone Span Getting Attention, New Look - 4/26/2005
SOUTH BEND - Many times over the years, firefighters from the city's Station 2 near Memorial Hospital have rushed to Howard Park to find flames shooting from its footbridge over the St. Joseph River....

Inspectors Look At Chunks Of Bay Bridge Foundation - 4/26/2005
OAKLAND - A Caltrans spokesman said several 300-pound sections of the foundation will be removed during the next few days and shipped off to a special lab for tests....

Borough Measures Knik Bridge Impact - 4/26/2005
ALASKA - Of all the uncertainties that come with building a bridge across Knik Arm from Anchorage to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the biggest may be what happens where the bridge stops and the land starts....

Catalogue Of Disasters Turns Bridge Repair Into Farce - 4/26/2005
UK - WHEN contractors shut a bridge to carry out repairs, they expected few problems and pencilled in 10 weeks to complete the job. But their efforts have been branded a farce after the project timetable doubled amid a catalogue of disasters....

Nebraska Highway Commission Approves Design Plans For Yankton Bridge - 4/26/2005
LINCOLN - Eighty percent of the project will be federally funded, with the remainder split between Nebraska and South Dakota, Hall said. The total price is expected to be $23.6 million....

Bum Bridge Snarls 880 Truck Punches Hole Through Road - 4/26/2005
OAKLAND - A piece of concrete the size of a car tire fell from an overpass on northbound Interstate 880 on Wednesday, causing a gaping hole in the middle of Northern California's busiest highway and snarling traffic the entire day....

Bay Bridge Project Wins Award - 4/26/2005
SACRAMENTO - Caltrans recognized for efforts to protect fish from sonic waves...

Republican Would Levy Aggressive Drivers For Road Needs - 4/26/2005
VA - Jerry Kilgore wants drivers who race down the freeway, lurching without warning from lane to lane and aggressively cutting off other motorists, to pay more than $100 million a year for the state's highway needs....

Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Eastern Panhandle Highway Project - 4/26/2005
W VA - A project to build a highway to the West Virginia-Virginia border and a bridge over the Shenandoah River can continue, a federal judge has ruled....

Odot Wins Excellence Award On Earth Day - 4/26/2005
OREGON - Innovative bridge replacement environmental stewardship program will improve environment...

Bay Bridge Project On Shaky Ground - 4/26/2005
OAKLAND - About 140,000 motorists play seismic roulette here every day, slapping down a $3 toll in a bet that they will make it across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and back before the earth shakes it to pieces....

Preparing To Cope With Earthquakes - 4/26/2005
ASIA - WHEN a Sumatran earthquake causes tremors or a tsunami rushes towards Malaysia, the first person the Meteorological Services Department will notify is the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis....

Germans Mark 60th Anniversary Of U.s.-soviet Elbe River Link Up - 4/26/2005
PRAGUE - There are many World War II commemorative events taking place across Europe leading up to the official 9 May "Victory Day" celebrations in Moscow. In the German town of Torgau, residents have been celebrating the 60th anniversary of the historic link up of Soviet and American soldiers at the Elbe River. The official anniversary is tomorrow. But Germans already are marking the event by dressing in the uniforms of American and Soviet troops for an historic re-enactment....

Could New Bridge Be Cleveland's Life Span? - 4/26/2005
OHIO - Cleveland is a culturally conservative town with a long history of ignoring innovative ideas in architecture and urban design. But a dramatic exception to that rule is suddenly showing signs of life....

Gas-tax Projects Widespread; Many Await Regional Funding - 4/26/2005
SEATTLE - Although tottering freeways in Seattle hog the attention, a 9 ½-cent boost in the state gas tax will fund dozens of projects across the state....

Kincardine Bridge Swings To Future - 4/26/2005
UK - BUILT to cater for the motoring boom of the 1930s, the Kincardine Bridge was considered a marvel of modern engineering....

First Meeting To Build "archimedes's Bridge" - 4/26/2005
ITALY-CHINA - The first meeting of the Executive Committee of the Sino - Italian Joint Laboratory has taken place in Beijing with the intention to study the implementation and function of a prototype of the Archimedes's Bridge, an innovative kind of stable under water crossing....

Welders Put A Shine To New Bridge - 4/26/2005
OHIO - Stainless-steel cable covers offer reflection, protection...

Worker Dies In Crane Collapse At Causeway - 4/26/2005
FLORIDA - A construction worker died and another one was critically injured Monday when a large crane dropped a 165-foot concrete piling, pulling the crane down near the Sanibel Causeway....

Sinking Sensation - 4/26/2005
MISSOURI - A portion of the old U.S. Highway 65 bridge at Waverly lays in the Missouri River after demolition crews set off a round of explosives just after 8 a.m. Monday morning. Two other segments of the bridge remain standing. They will be demolished at a later date, after workers have cleared the rubble from Monday's blasting....

When A Bridge Crumbles - 4/26/2005
NEW ZEALAND - Maverick lawyer Rob Moodie has created a legal and political storm by posting a hitherto-secret army report on the Internet that contains new information on the unending "Berryman bridge" saga....

This Bridge Really Is For Sale In Clarksville - 4/18/2005
PITTSBURG - Where the Connecticut River crosses between Clarksville and Pittsburg, there is an elderly bridge that connects these far northern towns. For a price and a plan, someone may be able to buy it this week....

Bridge On Shaky Foundation - 4/18/2005
INDIA - ILLEGAL sand lifting in the area close to Orsang river bridge has resulted in the 11 pillars of the bridge standing exposed, raising concerns about a possible collapse....

Bridge Bad-welds Flap Took On Life Of Its Own tipster Complained Of Conditions, Not Work - 4/18/2005
SACRAMENTO - It turns out that the whistle-blower whose call to the FBI triggered the big investigation into alleged faulty welds on the new Bay Bridge hadn't even been calling about welds....

S.C. Lawmakers Hopeful Highway Bill Will Pass - 4/18/2005
WASHINGTON - The federal highway bill, that once-or-twice-a-decade opportunity to bring road and bridge money home to the states, passed the U.S. House last month and is nearly ready for a Senate vote....

in Earthquake Country, Racing Against Nature To Replace A Damaged Bridge - 4/18/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - About 140,000 motorists play a game of seismic roulette here every day, slapping down a $3 toll in a bet that they will make it across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and back before the earth shakes it to pieces....

Germans May Win Persian Gulf Bridge Project - 4/18/2005
TEHRAN - Germany is likely to win a multimillion-euro contract to construct a major bridge between the Persian Gulf island of Qeshm and Bandar Abbas port on the mainland, the English-language `Iran Daily' wrote on Saturday....

Bridge Document Stays Secret - 4/18/2005
NEW ZEALAND - Winston Peters has tried unsuccessfully to table the secret report on the collapse of an army-built bridge. It relates to the long-lasting case of King Country couple prosecuted when an army-built bridge on their farm collapsed and killed a man....

The Seven Engineering Wonders - The Coathange - 4/18/2005
AUSTRALIA - So far we've managed to get through Seven Engineering Wonders of the World including the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme, Sydney Opera House and Cochlear Implant. So this week brings us to our fourth wonder of the world - the Sydney Harbour Bridge....

Funds For 101 Work, Bridge Rail Get Nod - 4/18/2005
OAKLAND - Marin is a big winner in a $107 million cash giveaway for Bay Area transportation projects, with money going toward the Highway 101 widening project, ferry system, local roads and a high-profile Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier proposal....

A Costly Year - 4/18/2005
TAMPA - Once described as visionary, the elevated roadway in the median of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway was designed to add three lanes into downtown Tampa for the morning commute, reversing outbound to Brandon in the evening. The project - estimated then at $372 million - would save commuters about 20 minutes in travel time....

Big Dig Worker Injured In Crane Collapse - 4/18/2005
BOSTON - A man working on the Big Dig was injured when a crane collapsed and rolled into the channel Wednesday morning....

Debate Over New Eastern Span Of Bay Bridge Continues - 4/18/2005
SACRAMENTO - The political issue surrounding the plans for the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge continues, and the decision on who gets the bill is at the heart of the debate. State Senate President Don Perata says he wants to keep the single tower suspension design for the Bay Bridge....

China, Russia To Build Heilongjiang River Highway Bridge - 4/18/2005
CHINA - China and Russia have set their respective responsibility for the progress of the contruction of the Heilongjiang River Highway River linking China's Heihe city and Russia's Blagovescensk. The overall design revision and the structural design of the main bridge are planned to be completed by August 2005....

California's History Of Highway Innovation - 4/18/2005
CALIFORNIA - If the car is king in California, then the state's vast highway system is its realm. Millions are spent each year on improvements, such as adding carpool lanes and shoring up bridges to withstand earthquakes. A recent innovation is numbered exit signs, which the federal government called for nationwide in 1971. California is the last state to comply....

Penang Bridge Can Withstand Magnitude 7.5 Tremors - 4/18/2005
PENANG - The structural design of the Penang Bridge can withstand tremors measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale with the epicentre located 360 kilometres from the bridge, the State Assembly sitting was told....

Toll Worker Shot On Golden Gate Bridge - 4/12/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - A female toll collector on the Golden Gate Bridge was shot and seriously injured Saturday night by a man driving a stolen car....

Hot, Stifling Quarters Make Checking On Welders Tricky - 4/12/2005
OAKLAND - Bay Bridge welders work under tough conditions where, in cramped, hot quarters, it's easy for a fatigued worker to make everyday mistakes....

State Budgets Additional Money For New Bridge - 4/12/2005
VIRGINIA - More money for a new Kings Highway Bridge has been added to a draft of the state's long-range road building plan....

Oregon Rethinking Bridge-repair Project - 4/12/2005
OREGON - Oregon officials say it might cost less than expected to fix hundreds of cracked bridges and that a $2.5 billion highway upgrade approved two years ago needs another look....

Bridge Plan For Horror Rail Crossing - 4/12/2005
SCOTLAND - Despite their fears, and a bill which is likely to run into six figures, rail authorities are determined to improve safety. Building either a bridge or an underpass would mean the road leading to the crossing would have to be closed and possibly rerouted....

Berryman Report Posted On Internet - 4/12/2005
NEW ZEALAND - Lawyer Rob Moodie has defied a court order by posting on the internet a suppressed army report on the 1994 "Berryman bridge" collapse....

Selmon Toll Increase Accelerates - 4/12/2005
TAMPA - Lee Roy Selmon Expressway tolls will increase in 2007 - 2 1/2 years earlier than scheduled - to pay for $99 million in repairs to the elevated lanes being built in the highway's median....

Federal Funding Windfall Kick-starts Bay Area Projects - 4/12/2005
OAKLAND - $122 Million Infusion Puts Transportation 2030 Plan into Action...

Moriah May Cancel Shafir Win To Build Calatrava Bridge - 4/12/2005
ISRAEL - Jerusalem Development Corporation Ltd. will probably withdraw Shafir Civil and Marine Engineering's win to build a Calatrava bridge in the city at a cost of NIS 129 million. A decision on the matter is expected in a few days. The reason is the refusal of the French participant in the project, Eiffel, to promise completion of the work or take responsibility for the planning....

National Civil Engineering Society Honors Lifetime Achievements - 4/12/2005
RESTON, VA - The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chose five distinguished civil engineers to receive Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) awards for their lifetime contributions to the profession....

$200 Million For Cariboo Highway Improvements - 4/12/2005
CANADA - Premier Gordon Campbell has announced a $200-million upgrade of Highway 97 between Cache Creek and Prince George over the next five years....

Cleaning Up An Arroyo Mystery - 4/12/2005
PASADENA - It may sound strange, but no one is quite sure how three 150-ton slabs of concrete came to rest under the freeway bridge just south of Devil's Gate Dam....

Inspectors To Release Palm Bridge Study - 4/12/2005
FLORIDA - Island residents said they hoped the findings would contradict the claims of a Charlotte County-sponsored inspection by American Consulting Engineers that stated the bridge needs to be replaced....

What's Next If Bad Welds Are Found? - 4/12/2005
OAKLAND - Experts debate possible reprecussions of shoddy work for troubled Bay Bridge project...

Revolutionary War Bridge Gives Glimpse Of 18th Century - 4/12/2005
FERRISBURGH, VT. - For more than two centuries, the waters of Lake Champlain have hidden the remains of a marvel of 18th-century engineering — a bridge built by 2,500 sick and hungry Continental soldiers....

Welding Inquiries Mounting - 4/12/2005
OAKLAND - Federal Highway Administration investigators could begin inspecting welds on the new Bay Bridge — on the federal government's dime — as soon as Wednesday....

New Concrete Bridge Planned For Lake Gerar - 4/12/2005
DELAWARE - A new concrete bridge will replace the crumbling Lake Gerar Bridge, the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners decided this week....

Bonds Approved For New Mississippi River Bridge - 4/12/2005
BATON ROUGE, LA - A new Mississippi River bridge to link Saint Francisville to New Roads will be between the River Bend nuclear plant and the Crown Vantage paper mill....

Contractor Will Take Look At S-curve Rail Bridge - 4/12/2005
DES PLAINES - The city is awaiting the railroad's plan for the bridge as well as its financing possibilities, he said. The cost of three renovation scenarios could reach anywhere from $28 to $40 million, and hard cost estimates are still under review....

New Ind 249 Bridge Cracking - 4/12/2005
INDIANA - Less than a year old, the new bridge that accesses U.S. Steel’s Midwest plant in Portage has developed cracks that are raising serious concerns for county officials responsible with the bridge maintenance....

11 Injured In Browns Valley Deck Collapse - 4/12/2005
NAPA - A deck crowded with birthday well-wishers collapsed in west Napa Saturday night, dumping nearly two dozen adults and youngsters into the void below....

'Hidden' Death Toll Of Forth Bridge Revealed - 3/29/2005
UK - AT LEAST 21 more men died building the Forth Bridge than has previously been thought, historians revealed today....

Lessons From Howrah Bridge - 3/29/2005
INDIA - A little known fact about Howrah Bridge (its official name is still Rabindra Setu) in Kolkata is that it is maintained by the Kolkata Port Trust. Why the Kolkata Port Trust? And why not the the Kolkata Corporation or the Kolkata Municipal Development Authority ?...

Company Responds To Fords Bridge Cracks - 3/29/2005
OREGON - The builder of Fords Bridge claims the design and a twisting action caused when truck traffic headed in opposite directions on the same span are to blame for cracks that developed....

Cross-border Bridge Back Online After 'sliding' - 3/29/2005
UK - The Belfast to Dublin railway line was scheduled to re-open this morning following a delicate operation to slide into place a giant new bridge....

Fallen Bridge Big News In Small Town - 3/29/2005
INDIANA - It happened early Sunday morning. Investigators said 31-year old Frank Moyes was driving drunk and speeding when his truck hit a support beam. Moyes and his truck crashed into the river, and so did the bridge. Moyes suffered only minor injuries....

Woman Slightly Hurt After Bridge Plunge - 3/29/2005
PORTLAND - A woman was left amazed, but only slightly injured, after her sport utility vehicle fell 60 feet off a bridge and sank an additional 55 feet to the bottom of a river....

Worker Killed In Fall From Bridge Wasn't Wearing Safety Gear - 3/29/2005
COLUMBIA, TENN - Police are investigating the death of a Kentucky highway worker who wasn't wearing safety equipment when he fell from a bridge and died....

Big Dig Political Jockeying Ramps Up - 3/29/2005
BOSTON - The only thing with more twists and turns than Boston’s leaky Big Dig highway tunnels may be Massachusetts’ notorious bumper car politics....

Bridges' Future Key For Dot - 3/29/2005
SO. CAROLINA - A state agency's efforts to address concerns over cracks in two Beaufort County bridges are to be commended, engineers and transportation officials said this week, but the situation requires continued scrutiny to protect the health of the crossings in the future....

Mass-highway Scraps Plans For Expensive Overhaul - 3/29/2005
MASSACHUSETTS - The Massachusetts State Highway Department is scrapping plans for an expensive overhaul of the Hadley Overpass in North Adams....

Helpers Jump To Wrong Conclusion When Car Stops On Bridge - 3/29/2005
SAN DIEGO - When a vehicle stalled on the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge yesterday morning and the driver got out to get help, authorities thought the worst. Leaving a car on the bridge is frequently a last move by people getting ready to jump....

Blasting The Bridge (photo) - 3/29/2005
CHIPPEWA VALLEY - A construction project moves forward with a blast. Crews are blasting the piers at the Clairemont bridge....

New Report Details Indiana's Transportation Funding Dilemma - 3/29/2005
INDIANA - -A new report by a Minnesota-based organization continues to document an issue that concerns all of Indiana: growing shortfalls on the state highway system, and the recommended highway funding mechanisms that might handle these increasing demands....

The Bay Bridge Approaches: Congestion Is Getting Worse - 3/29/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - Traffic congestion in San Francisco was born, quite abruptly, on Nov. 12, 1936 — the day the Bay Bridge opened, injecting three lanes of East Bay automobile traffic into the heart of downtown....

Marietta Bridge Project Progressing - 3/29/2005
OHIO - The Ohio Department of Transportation has secured $1 million in state funding that will be used to move the North Muskingum Bridge project ahead, despite opposition from some Washington County residents....

Millions Approved For Golden Gate, Novato Narrows Work - 3/22/2005
CALIFORNIA - A large chunk of money for the seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge was part of a mammoth highway and transit bill approved yesterday by the House of Representatives that aims to reduce traffic congestion nationwide....

Bay Bridge Project California's 'biggest Fiasco' - 3/22/2005
CALIFORNIA - Hobbled by cost overruns, schedule delays and political squabbling, the Bay Bridge project has seen cost estimates balloon from $1.3 billion eight years ago to $5.1 billion today....

State Supreme Court Rules On Damages In Crane Collapse - 3/22/2005
OHIO - The Wisconsin Supreme Court today overturned an appeals court ruling that had vacated the $94 million punitive-damages award in the Big Blue crane case....

Report Into Bridge Accident Needs To Go Further - 3/22/2005
UK - "The report outlines the history of recorded incidents involving the impact of high-speed winds on high-sided vehicles. In fact it details all the necessary engineering parameters and technical safety requirements adopted by Best Practice in Britain on similar bridge structures."...

Boston's Big Dig Faces Major Problems (audio) - 3/22/2005
BOSTON - Scott Simon digs into the latest in the ongoing controversy surrounding Boston's Big Dig highway project. He talks with Rafael Lewis of The Boston Globe, who has been covering the story....

A New, Well-planned Inner Belt Deserves The State's Creativity - 3/22/2005
CLEVELAND - Some city-planning ideas are so bad they deserve instant death on the drawing board. Thanks to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Cleveland now has a perfect example....

Four Killed As Mexico Bridge Collapses - 3/22/2005
MEXICO - A footbridge loaded with villagers on their way to a religious festival collapsed, sending four people to their deaths in the rocky river ravine below, authorities and witnesses said Sunday....

House Passes $284 Billion Highway, Mass Transit Bill - 3/22/2005
WASHINGTON - Eighteen months late and billions of dollars short of what they wanted, House members on Thursday passed a highway bill designed to ease congestion, repair crumbling roads and prevent thousands of traffic fatalities....

Cost Overruns Hobbled Bay Bridge Project - 3/22/2005
CALIFORNIA - When Northern California leaders set out to replace the seismically vulnerable eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, they hoped to create something to rival the iconic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge to the west....

Engineering Inspector Second To Be Indicted - 3/22/2005
NEW JERSEY - Barry C. Bowers, a township engineering inspector, is accused of seeking and receiving thousands of dollars in financial favors from developers doing business with the township, in exchange for favorable service and rulings on applications, permits and inspections, according to state Attorney General Peter C. Harvey’s office....

House Of Cards, Bridge Of Steel why Not Do Nothing To Defend The Golden Gate Bridge? - 3/22/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - All our carefully considered structural modifications, security precautions and other expert-driven measures aside, the bottom-line question still remains: "How do we keep the Golden Gate Bridge safe from a terror attack?" To which a seemingly end-of-the-road response might be, "How about doing nothing? What if we left the bowed wonder just as it is?"...

Sheyanghu Super-scale Bridge Holing In - 3/22/2005
CHINA - As reported by Yangtse Evening, the first filling pile of the longest bridge over expressway under construction in our province-Sheyanghu Super-scale Bridge was holed in formally on April 15....

Canopy Walk: Soaring High On My Flight Of Fancy - 3/22/2005
PHILIPPINES - Why? Because that is my "ultimate" test to myself--to try walk on the highest suspended bridge there is in the Philippines connected among tall trees, be on top of everything, and be a spectator of the flourishing greenness 120 feet below....

Designing Suicide Barrier For Golden Gate Bridge Won't Be Easy - 3/22/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - Golden Gate Bridge officials gave the green light to move ahead with studies for a suicide barrier Friday, leaving engineers with the difficult task of designing a structure that can stop bridge jumpers without marring the world-famous span....

Prefab Bridges Touted As Trucking Aid - 3/22/2005
LAS VEGAS - A highway contractor stated that municipalities will increasingly look to "prefabricated" bridges as a means to cut construction times, as well as the resulting traffic congestion, here at the 86th annual meeting of the Associated General Contractors of America....

Bridge's Falling Ice Called Fluke Of Nature - 3/22/2005
BOSTON - Big Dig officials and the engineer who designed the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge yesterday dismissed concerns about falling ice from the span's cable stays, calling Sunday's alarming cascade a ''fluke" caused by the weather....

$284 Billion, But Not One Cent For A-k Bridge - 3/22/2005
PENNSYLVANIA - The Alle-Kiski Valley is slated to get more than $10 million in federal highway money over the next six years, but not a single dollar will go toward the proposed Alle-Kiski Connector Bridge because PennDOT doesn't support the project....

Cobrae Conference 2005 - Bridge Engineering With Polymer Composites - 3/22/2005
SWITZERLAND - In the ongoing quest to find lighter, more durable and easier to install components for modern bridges and other engineered structures, fibre reinforced polymer composites are finding a more and more prominent place...

Bridge Collapse Kills 4 In Henan - 3/22/2005
CHINA - An abrupt bridge collapse killed four people and injured four others Sunday in central China's Henan Province, local police said on Monday....

Bridge Stamp Denied - 3/22/2005
ST IGNACE - A proposal for a commemorative U.S. postage stamp to recognize the Mackinac Bridge 50th anniversary in 2007 has been turned down...

Dash Over Rhine Bridge Sealed The Nazis' Defeat - 3/8/2005
US - This is one of an occasional series of stories commemorating the upcoming 60th anniversary of the end of World War II....

Dubuque Moves Forward With Highway 20 Bridge Project - 3/8/2005
CEDAR RAPIDS - Dubuque is moving closer to a day when it may have another bridge over the Mississippi, but the plan depends on getting a lot of federal dollars...

Green Light For Macau, Hong Kong Bridge - 3/8/2005
BEIJING - China has given the green light to link Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland with a multi-billion-dollar road bridge, the China Daily said on Tuesday...

Five Killed, 83 Rescued In Bridge Collapse In East China: - 3/8/2005
CHINA - The mishap occured in Lin'an city's famous West Zhejiang Canyon, where all 88 people on the 244-metre-long bridge fell into the river. However, most of them were rescued. Five injured tourists are out of critical conditon....

A Bridge With Stuff To Strut - 3/8/2005
TACOMA - An outstanding engineering feat in a project full of them, the braces that will strengthen the new Tacoma Narrows bridge are built to stand up to earthquakes, 127-mph gusts and millions of pounds of dead weight....

Environmental Studies To Hold Up Bridge Work - 3/8/2005
PENNSYLVANIA - Work to replace a 19th-century stone bridge near Stouchsburg will not begin for at least 18 months, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official said....

Inquiry Into Coega Bridge Collapse Resumes - 3/8/2005
AFRICA - The formal inquiry into the collapse of a bridge at Coega near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape two years ago, has resumed at the Coega Construction Village....

Old Bridge Blown Up As Construction Continues - 3/8/2005
OHIO - Napoleon residents will experience short term pain for long term gain this year. Sunday, demolition crews imploded a 75-year-old bridge that provided motorists with a direct route between the city's north and south sides, and as you might expect, people lined the shores of the Maumee River to watch....

Bridge Overbudget, Overpriced, Overdue - 3/8/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - 15 years later, the boondoggle by the bay still unfinished...

Toronto Police Spoke To Man Moments Before He Tossed Daughter, 5, Over Bridge - 3/8/2005
TORONTO - Police spoke briefly with a suicidal man moments before he threw his five-year-old daughter at least 15 metres from a bridge above Canada's busiest highway, then jumped to his death....

Huge Cranes Clear Bay Bridge By 5 Feet On Trip To Oakland (photos) - 3/8/2005
OAKLAND - Two 241-foot cranes weighing 1,500 tons each barely clear the span of the Bay Bridge on Saturday as the ship delivering them continued to the Port of Oakland. The California Highway Patrol slowed bridge traffic in both directions as a safety precaution as the tops of the cranes passed within 5 feet of the underside of the bridge....

House Of Cards, Bridge Of Steel bomb-proofing The Golden Gate - 3/8/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - It's called "progressive collapse." Suddenly jolted, a beam or column in a building fails, sending strange new forces into a neighboring component, which in turn crumbles, pulling down with it concrete and steel, until critical struts and massive walls heave downward, like the Twin Towers in 2001, sliding into ground zero in explosive clouds of dust....

A Bridge Unlike Any Other Takes Shape - 3/8/2005
DELAWARE - Since 1934, erosion has doomed five spans built over Indian River Inlet...

Udot Details Plans For Provo Canyon, Other Road Projects - 3/8/2005
UTAH - "This is a fairly big program for the county down here," said Region 3 director Tracy Conti. "Provo Canyon is definitely the glamour project, to say the least. I don't know if it's the biggest one going on in Utah now, probably U-201 (in Salt Lake County) is bigger as far as dollars are concerned, but as far as the technical work, on Provo Canyon — we've got a structure that's going to span 500 feet and a couple hundred feet above the ground right where the road will tie into the dam. It's going to be an engineering marvel."...

Bill Would Fund Bridge Work - 3/8/2005
US - The committee included the money as part of a six-year, $284 billion package for transit and highway projects called the Transportation Equity Act...

Improperly-shaped Beams Delay South Main Street Bridge Project - 3/8/2005
HANIBAL - Access to the South Side via South Main Street will be delayed a few months longer than expected. Jim Burns, city engineer, says that it will be June at the earliest before the bridge project is completed....

Engineers: Mickley Bridge Should Be Replaced - 3/8/2005
PENNSYLVANIA - Large section of stone fell into Jordan Creek last week. New span might take 2 years....

`world's Second Longest Bridge' — Six Consortiums In Fray For Rs 4,000-cr Sea Link - 3/8/2005
MUMBAI - THE Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, that found special mention by the Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, during his Budget speech, is up and running. Six international consortiums are pitted against each other in the RFQ (request for quotation) stage for the first phase implementation of what is billed to become the second longest bridge in the world. Currently, the longest such linkage is the one between Malmo in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark....

State Narrows Sites For Hood Canal Bridge Pontoons - 3/8/2005
SEATTLE - The state Department of Transportation said it has narrowed to three sites its search for a place to build the pontoons that will replace the east half of the Hood Canal Bridge. WSDOT had to stop work on a 22-acre site at Port Angeles in December, after work crews discovered Native American artifacts and human remains....

Report Blames Cn Rail For Fatal Bridge Collapse - 3/8/2005
CANADA - Problems with rot on a Canadian National Railway Co. bridge were known about for more than three years, but not fixed, before the bridge collapsed, killing two people, according to report released on Wednesday....

Last Embrace As Two Plunge Over Bridge - 3/8/2005
SOUTH AFRICA - Two men hugged and then, holding each other, plunged off a highway bridge into peak-hour traffic below, in a bizarre suicide pact....

Bay Bridge Project Turns Into Major Fiasco - 3/8/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - Northern California leaders wanted to create a regional landmark that would express the beauty and spirit of the Bay Area when they set out to replace the seismically vulnerable eastern span of the Bay Bridge....

Small Structures Teach Big Lessons - 3/1/2005
OREGON - Nate Strang tried to cut some weight before a big competition, but instead of sweating off the pounds like a boxer or wrestler, he used a piece of sandpaper....

House Of Cards, Bridge Of Steel finding A Rational Approach To Protecting The Golden Gate Against Irrational Acts - 3/1/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - "The nice thing about big bridges," says Kary Witt, "is that they're big. You don't blow up a big bridge with a little bomb."...

It's Everybody's Fault - 3/1/2005
CALIFORNIA - It's easy to understand why so many of us are ill prepared for the Big One. A frank discussion of everything that can and probably will go wrong in a major earthquake is profoundly depressing....

Opposition To Bridge Idea - 3/1/2005
MONTREAL - 76 percent of Montrealers say they are opposed to building another bridge between Montreal and Laval...

New Hope For Massachusetts Covered Bridges - 3/1/2005
MASSACHUSETTS - Folks here hold an abiding fondness for the old interlocked timbers -- so much so that for the second time in a century, they banded together to beat back attempts to replace it with steel and concrete....

Bailey Bridge Collapse Killing Driver's Mate - 3/1/2005
GHANA - A driver's mate was killed while four others including the diver sustained injuries when a bailey bridge collapsed sending a long vehicle belonging to the Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA) into the Ochi River at Gomoa Brofo in the Central Region....

Balloons Will Simulate East End Bridge Approach - 3/1/2005
LOUISVILLE - Thanks to helium-filled balloons, residents in Louisville's East End will have an opportunity March 8 and 9 to visualize the height of the proposed Ohio River bridge approach....

Next Bay Bridge Phase Expected To Be Costly - 3/1/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - A day after state transportation officials announced plans in December to abandon the single-tower suspension span of the new Bay Bridge, construction crews carefully lowered a huge steel form into the bay to begin building the tower's foundation....

Millennium Bridge To Close For Wobble Check - 3/1/2005
UK - The Corporation of London says that all highway structures are inspected regularly and the Millennium Bridge - now almost five years old - is due for its first general inspection....

Tender To Build The Zambezi Bridge - 3/1/2005
AFRICA - The bridge. which is planned as a key link in the main north-south highway, is to be 2,376 metres long and 16 metres wide, with four lanes, two for vehicles and the other two for bicycles and pedestrians....

Indians Work Apace To Repair Damaged Bridge - 3/1/2005
ADDALAICHENAI - The reconstruction of the 160 metre old bridge which was damaged by the tsunami has now been completed and the connected bridge of 110 metre is now being constructed newly....

Critics Want See-through Guardrails On Q Bridge - 3/1/2005
NEW HAVEN - Soaring cables and brightly lit towers will be a sight to see on the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, but views of New Haven and its waterways may not be....

Port Boom, Population Growth And Nafta Lead To Increasing Number Of 18 Wheelers - 3/1/2005
CALIFORNIA - They're the behemoths of the highway, and more are coming. More are coming from the north as Los Angeles-area ports boom with imported goods once made in America and now manufactured in Asia....

Bridge Set For Weight Limit As Tests Spark Safety Fears - 3/1/2005
SCOTLAND - WEIGHT and width restrictions are set to be introduced on a road bridge in West Lothian over fears it may collapse....

Remnant Of Revolutionary War Engineering Marvel Washes Ashore - 3/1/2005
LAKE CHAMPLAIN - A bridge built across Lake Champlain by about 2,500 underfed and sick Continental Army soldiers in the late winter and early spring of 1777 was considered a marvel of 18th Century engineering....

Golden Gate Bridge May Get Suicide Barrier - 3/1/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - Golden Gate Bridge officials Thursday moved closer to building a barrier to prevent people from jumping off the famous suspension bridge, where about 1,300 people have killed themselves since the landmark opened in 1937....

Bill Imposes Bridge Costs On Bay Area - 3/1/2005
SACRAMENTO - A Southern California legislator has submitted a bill that would force the Bay Area to pay for all cost overruns on the new Bay Bridge eastern span and would change the law to allow the state to discard the single-tower suspension design now required by law....

Rendell Promises $68 Million To Avoid Mass-transit Cutbacks - 3/1/2005
HARRISBURG - Gov. Ed Rendell on Monday pledged to immediately divert $68 million in federal highway funds to avert impending service cuts and fare increases at the state's two largest mass-transit agencies....

Ausable River Trestle Collapsed By Derailment - 2/22/2005
MICHIGAN - — The historic AuSable River railroad trestle was destroyed Friday night by the chain reaction of a train derailment....

Study New Tube, Vdot Head Says - 2/22/2005
VIRGINIA - Transportation Commissioner Philip A. Shucet recommended Wednesday that the state move forward with two private proposals to build a third bridge-tunnel connecting the Peninsula and South Hampton Roads....

Bridge Losing Concrete Chunks - 2/22/2005
IOWA - Three pieces of concrete that have fallen or been removed from a 7-year-old bridge since Friday do not compromise the bridge's safety, the Iowa City's public works director said....

Toll Soars To Fund New Bridge - 2/22/2005
AUSTRALIA - DRIVERS face toll jumps of more than 50 per cent over the next six years to pay for a $1.6 billion upgrade of the Gateway Bridge and Motorway....

Planning Council Examines Bridge Options - 2/22/2005
WEST VIRGINIA - Local planners say a new bridge spanning the Ohio River south of Wellsburg makes sense, but it likely will be at least a dozen years before it can be built....

A Bridge Too Fat - 2/22/2005
NEW YORK - The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge has a weight problem. Over the decades, the 65-year-old suspension bridge has been bulked up to make it more stable. But now engineers have decided that it has grown too beefy....

Firm Says It Warned Of Flaw In Bay Bridge Project - 2/22/2005
MARYLAND - The company that began replacing the deck on the westbound Bay Bridge in 2002 said yesterday that it repeatedly warned state officials that a bonding agent required under the project's specifications could fail - a prediction that came true when concrete on the span developed extensive cracks last year....

Lawmakers Fight For More Highway Funds - 2/22/2005
WASHINGTON - The six-year, $283.9 billion measure is poised to become the year's first big test of the California delegation and its commitment to getting more for the nation's largest state....

Local Officials Throw Support Behind Bridge - 2/22/2005
IDAHO - Though plans for a third bridge over the Snake River Canyon in Magic Valley had been 20 years away, the Twin Falls City Council is now on board with the governor's plan to speed up construction by 10 years....

Bridge Project Gets Push - 2/22/2005
BRANSON - Even as crews are still blasting a path through Hollister to widen U.S. 65, the state has agreed to make 65 four lanes from Branson to Hollister....

Indian Soldiers Help Reconstruct Arugam Bay Bridge - 2/22/2005
SRI LANKA - Soldiers of the Indian Army contingent that arrived in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of tsunami disaster have started construction of temporary spans over the partially but heavily damaged Arugam Bay bridge in Amparai district. Multiple spans of a total of 150 feet were destroyed of the 350 feet bridge when the wave struck, engineering sources in Amparai said....

Proposed Mississippi River Bridge Could Honor Reagan - 2/22/2005
MISSOURI - There's no money to start building a new Mississippi River bridge, but the $1.6 billion project has a proposed name: The Ronald Wilson Reagan Memorial Bridge....

C-dot Seeks New Contractor For Girder Repair - 2/22/2005
COLORADO - A different contractor will install girders above the C-470 and Interstate 70 interchange that was the site of a deadly accident last May when a girder collapsed onto the highway, killing three people....

Bridge Chaos On Coast Road - 2/22/2005
UK - North Tyneside Council plans to spend around £2m replacing the bridge on the A1058 Coast Road after consultants said it was technically no longer capable of bearing traffic....

Bridge Collapse Case Awaits Decision - 2/15/2005
NEW ZEALAND - A Wellington High Court judge has reserved his decision on whether to review an earlier court ruling that the army must hand over documents relating to a fatal bridge collapse on a King Country farm....

Dot Considering Port Angeles For Hood Canal Bridge Concrete Anchors - 2/15/2005
PORT ANGELES - - Some of the massive concrete anchors for the new Hood Canal Bridge eastern half might be built in the Port Angeles area, Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald said Monday night....

$6 Toll For Gate Bridge Possible hikers, Bicyclists May Also Have To Pay To Cross Over - 2/15/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - The Golden Gate Bridge District, still reeling from a back-breaking budget deficit, outlined a series of proposals Wednesday to bring in more cash, including a $6 toll and possible charges to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the span....

Calais Cautious, Excited About Bridge Funding - 2/15/2005
MAINE - The Canadian government already has pledged its half of the nearly $100 million needed to construct the Maine-New Brunswick bridge, which would have one end near the Calais industrial park. The United States is still searching for the funds....

Professor Draws Up Plans For Bay Bridge - 2/15/2005
BERKELEY - UC Berkeley professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl has a bridge to sell you....

2005 Aia Gold Medal To Santiago Calatrava - 2/15/2005
DC - - Internationally acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, was selected by the Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) to receive the 2005 AIA Gold Medal....

Planners Ask For Help To Design Bridge - 2/15/2005
PENNSYLVANIA - Transportation officials are looking to residents for assistance with the design of the bridge that will connect Routes 15 and 147 as part of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway....

Doolittle Secures $7 Million For Folsom Bridge - 2/15/2005
CALIFORNIA - Folsom's bid to find a replacement for a route over the Folsom Dam closed more than two years ago because of terrorist concerns is in line for $7 million in federal funding....

14-lane Bridge Replacement Proposed - 2/15/2005
KENTUCKY - The $2.3 million feasibility study, which Rust discussed at a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce gathering Monday, made several important determinations...

Guns Don't Kill, Bridges Do - 2/15/2005
US - But alas, also a suicide magnet in a way other bridges for some reason just are not. Therefore in the interests of saving lives the Golden Gate Bridge must be closed a gun rights group reasonably suggests....

Lawmakers Leery Of Bay Bridge Plan state Senators Say Cost Of Causeway Can't Be Foreseen - 2/15/2005
SACRAMENTO - Skeptical legislators grilled Caltrans officials, bridge engineers and architects Tuesday about the state's plan to complete the overrun-plagued new eastern span of the Bay Bridge with a concrete causeway instead of a single-tower suspension bridge....

South Dakotan Expects New Bridge - 2/15/2005
OMAHA - Regardless of whether more federal money becomes available, a new Missouri River bridge will be built to connect South Dakota and Nebraska, according to Leon Schochenmaier of the South Dakota Transportation Department....

Experts List Why Bay Bridge Cracked - 2/15/2005
MARYLAND - A combination of bad planning and problems with contractors led to $7 million in cracked and unusable concrete on the Bay Bridge, a group of engineers studying the public works fiasco said in report released this morning....

Historic Bridge On Verge Of Collapse - 2/15/2005
POUGHKEEPSIE - The stone supports of the Tioronda Bridge in Beacon are falling apart. The 1872 bridge is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and notable for its unusual bowstring arches....

Bay Area Bridge Tolls Not A Bad Deal - 2/15/2005
SACRAMENTO - Compared with commuters around the world, Bay Area motorists have it easy with the current $3 toll on seven state-owned bridges. But that could change as lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger haggle over how to pay the rising cost of rebuilding the Bay Bridge's eastern span....

Early Memo Spelled Out Crane Danger - 2/15/2005
TOLEDO - From their office in the plains of northern Italy, designers of two hulking cranes worried about how they would be used to build a bridge set to reshape Toledo's skyline....

New Yankton-to-nebraska Bridge Will Be Built - 2/15/2005
SOUTH DAKOTA - Regardless of whether more federal money comes down the pipe, a new Missouri River bridge will be built at Yankton, according to Leon Schochenmaier of the South Dakota Department of Transportation....

Unr Scientists Simulate Quake To Assess Damage To Model Bridge - 2/15/2005
RENO - Researchers simulated a powerful earthquake on a model concrete bridge at the University of Nevada, Reno Thursday to assess damage scientists hope will help engineers design safer highway structures....

The Second Niger Bridge - 2/15/2005
AFRICA - When recently it was reported that the existing bridge is showing clear evidence of stress arising from over use, the government acknowledged the need for a second bridge but said that it could not afford the cost now. What is this cost? Some official estimates put it at more than N30 billion. That is what government says it cannot afford amidst the clear danger that a possible collapse of the ageing Niger bridge poses to commuters....

Scientists Shake Up Quake Research - 2/15/2005
RENO - The structure used in Thursday’s test was for all intents and purposes a real bridge — a 70-foot-long, 135-ton concrete span built with the help of Granite Construction Co....

Caltrans Chief Says Skyway Is Only Way - 2/15/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - Caltrans Director Will Kempton stuck to his view Thursday that a skyway, not a tower, is the most prudent way to finish the Bay Bridge, but he seemed to hold the door ajar to options....

Honor Slated For 4 Killed As Crane Fell At I-280 Span - 2/15/2005
TOLEDO - I-280 construction workers will lay down their tools and shut down their machines for a minute on Wednesday afternoon to mark the anniversary of the crane collapse last year that killed four co-workers and injured four others...

Board Hears Arguments On Bridge Construction - 2/15/2005
PROVIDENCE - For five hours an appointed, three-person Board of View listened to legal arguments and testimony at the township building Monday to determine whether the township can legally build a proposed $1.1 million bridge on North Grange Avenue over Rock Creek Run....

Curran Seeking Federal Highway Funds - 2/1/2005
WOBURN - At a recent two-day national mayor's conference in Washington, D.C., Mayor John Curran made his pitch for funding for several key projects in Woburn....

Opened-bridge Survivor Lived Through Holocaust - 2/1/2005
FLORIDA - Koton was about halfway across the span on her way to Wal-Mart when she realized the tender was raising the bridge. She said she thought of her three granddaughters back home in Massachusetts and held on for dear life....

Bridge Film Flimflam - 2/1/2005
CANADA - Not only did Winnipeggers pay $1 million to put a toilet on a footbridge, they also shelled out another $100,000 -- plus GST -- to pay a movie crew to film a documentary on it....

Caltrans Proposes To Expand Caldecott Tunnel - 2/1/2005
OAKLAND - Already embroiled in controversy over construction of a new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, Caltrans officials have unveiled another major project Bay Area project that faces a number of challenges -- building a fourth bore to the Caldecott Tunnel to relieve traffic stress on Highway 24....

Amador Bypass Worker Dies After Fall - 2/1/2005
CALIFORNIA - A 51-year-old Placerville man fell 50 feet to his death Thursday while working on a segment of the new Highway 49 Amador bypass project....

Costly - But Safest - Crosstown Fix Picked - 2/1/2005
TAMPA - State highway officials chose the safest and most expensive option Thursday in approving a plan to repair the elevated lanes of the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway....

Ice Jams Cause Irreparable Bridge Damage - 2/1/2005
CANADA - It appears two bridges north of Kamloops will have be replaced because of damage caused by river ice jams this week....

More Answers Sought In Probe Of Crane Collapse - 2/1/2005
TOLEDO - News 11 has learned new details about the criminal investigation surrounding the I-280 Truss collapse that killed four ironworkers last year....

More Criticism Of Bay Bridge Snafu - 2/1/2005
CALIFORNIA - A State Senate panel peppered the state's two top transportation officials Wednesday with questions about Caltrans' ability to handle a redesign of the Bay Bridge project....

Man's Body Found After Bridge Collapse - 2/1/2005
AUSTRALIA - Authorities have recovered the body of a 53-year old man who was swept into floodwaters in north Queensland this week....

San Francisco Grapples Again With Bridge Suicides - 2/1/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco officials are again grappling with an issue as old as the Golden Gate Bridge: how to stop people from killing themselves by jumping off the city's most famous landmark....

Coast Guard Investigating Mississippi River Bridge Crashes - 2/1/2005
VICKSBURG - The U-S Coast Guard will determine whether a Saint Louis barge company will be fined after its two of its tows hit the Mississippi River bridges at Vicksburg this past week....

Ice Jams Flood Valley Communities - 2/1/2005
CLEARWATER - Events started at about 9 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, when Argo Road Maintenance notified area highways manager Vern Goodwin that the Highway 5 bridge at Mad River had been damaged by ice and water....

Damaged Covered Bridge Will Be Saved - 2/1/2005
GEORGIA - Walter Rinard was a happy man when he learned Monday that the covered bridge, which had been part of his own childhood and family history, will, indeed, be saved and restored....

Environmental Groups Offer Alternative To Circ Construction - 2/1/2005
MAINE - A coalition of environmental and "smart-growth" groups Monday recommended an alternative to the next two sections of the controversial Chittenden County Circumferential Highway, proposing a traffic system that would include six roundabouts....

Crane Hits Bridge, Atchafalaya Closed To River Traffic - 2/1/2005
LA - The Atchafalaya River was closed to river traffic on Sunday after a crane on a barge struck an old highway bridge that connects Morgan City and Berwick, the U.S. Coast Guard said....

Tri-rail Bridge Project Derailed Over Construction Dispute - 2/1/2005
MIAMI - Construction of a high-level bridge that will let Tri-Rail commuter trains soar over the South Fork of the New River without waiting for boats has stopped in its tracks in a dispute over bridge standards....

A Bridge Too Far Out - 2/1/2005
MALAYSIA - Johor Bahru member of parliament and Backbencher Club Chairman Shahrir Samad must be commended for his courage for being the first Malaysian leader to openly call for the scrapping of the proposed bridge to replace the causeway to Singapore....

Flyover @ 36 Hours! - 2/1/2005
INDIA - proposed flyover at the ITO intersection is to be built with pre-fabricated material in 36 hours. Delhi Times finds out how...

Filmed Suicides Renew Debate Over Barriers On Golden Gate Bridge - 2/1/2005
SAN FRANCISCO - The Golden Gate Bridge's stylish beauty masks a darker trait: the world's most famous suicide venue. More than 1,300 troubled souls have jumped to their deaths since the towering red Art Deco span opened in 1937....

Osborne's Appointment Gives Boost To Nebraska-s.d. Bridge - 2/1/2005
NEBRASKA - Supporters of replacing the aging Missouri River bridge at Yankton got a boost when U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne, R-Neb., was appointed to a key panel, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee....

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Beats Obstacles As It Becomes Beltway Savior - 2/1/2005
MARYLAND - After more than four years of construction, the $2.4-billion plan to build a new Woodrow Wilson Bridge across the Potomac River and expand adjacent segments of the Capital Beltway has reached the one-third-complete mark. The scorecard so far?...

Caltrans Delayed Disclosing Bay Bridge Project's Money Woes - 1/25/2005
SACRAMENTO - Newly uncovered Caltrans documents show the state agency sat on an official report that it ran out of money to finish the Bay Bridge one month before opening bids on the project. At the same time Caltrans was already looking at a new design, the records show....

Bridge Grilling Starts Today - 1/25/2005
SACRAMENTO - Lawmakers want to know why Caltrans never reported it couldn't fund the projec...

Caltrans Could See Major Management Reforms - 1/25/2005
SACRAMENTO - Lawmakers plan to lash Caltrans and the agency that oversees it in a series of hearings next week, berating top officials for concealing cost overruns on the $5.9 billion Bay Bridge replacement....

Shahrir Urges Scrapping Of New Bridge, Rail Service To Singapore - 1/25/2005
SINGAPORE - Backbenchers Club Chairman (BBC) Datuk Shahrir Samad Sunday called on the government to scrap the proposed new bridge to replace the Johor causeway and terminate the KTM Berhad rail service into Singapore....

Storms Cause Flood Damage Along Beirut River - 1/25/2005
LEBANON - The heavy rain and strong winds afflicting Lebanon since Saturday snapped a bridge in the Karantina area and flooded the Beirut River....

Report Urges Scrapping Of Bay Bridge Plan B - 1/25/2005
SACRAMENTO - A new independent report on the Bay Bridge replacement said Monday that a proposal to switch designs might end up delaying construction and costing even more money to complete the nearly $6 billion project....

PennDOT Announces Location For New Bridge - 1/25/2005
PENNSYLVANIA - Where to construct a new Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge over the Monongahela River in Point Marion was settled upon after a public meeting to garner support held recently in the borough....

Bridge Still Floating - 1/25/2005
AFRICA - The General Manager of the Cameroon Shipyard and Industrial Engineering Ltd, Zaccheaus Forjindam, has reassured the public that the floating bridge which was constructed and put across River Mungo close to five months ago, is technically still in a solid and good state....

Drivers Ok After Truck Falls Off Highway Onto Car - 1/25/2005
CLEVELAND - A tractor-trailer slid on ice on Interstate 71 near the MetroHealth Curve and the truck's cab fell 50 feet off the highway onto The Jennings Freeway early Tuesday morning....

Anger Boils Over At Bay Bridge Hearing - 1/25/2005
SACRAMENTO - At a hearing of the joint legislative audit committee, lawmakers grilled the director of Caltrans about how plans for a new eastern span of the bridge spiraled out of control. Costs for the project, once pegged at under $2 billion, are now estimated at $6 billion...

Shapir, Eiffel Win Tender To Build Calatrava Bridge Project - 1/25/2005
JERUSALEM - Shapir Engineering and the French steelworks company Eiffel have won the tender to construct the bridge at Jerusalem's entrance, which is designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The project is estimated to cost NIS 129 million, far higher than the original NIS 80 million forecast....

UTPB Plans Da Vinci Bridge - 1/25/2005
TEXAS - The university, which recently completed a replica of England’s Stonehenge, has plans to create a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge....

Want To Own A Bridge? You're In Luck - 1/25/2005
CHARLOTTE - Free to a good home: a historic north Iredell bridge. No-cost shipping. Suitable for walking on and biking over. New owner must promise to maintain it....

Far South Sarpy Site More Likely For Bridge - 1/25/2005
NEBRASKA - The co-chairman of the Southwest Iowa Coalition's Transportation Committee is fairly certain that a bridge connecting Interstate 29 in Iowa and U.S. Highway 75 in Nebraska will be built near the Interstate's Glenwood exit....

Destiny Church Vows To Defy Bridge March Ban - 1/25/2005
AUCKLAND - Destiny Church last night vowed its "Defend the Legacy" march, expected to draw 20,000 followers, would cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge despite its application being declined by police and Transit New Zealand....

Ndola's Munkulungwe Bridge Gives In To Heavy Downpour - 1/25/2005
AFRICA - THE Munkulungwe bridge in Ndola rural is on the verge of collapsing following a heavy downpour. A check by the Times yesterday showed that part of the concrete bridge had given in and could collapse any time....

Thieves Stealing Bridge Railings - 1/25/2005
OREGON - "We think they take it to a recycling facility, disguising it by running over it with heavy machinery or something, and then they receive a per-pound rate," Deckman said. "We suspect it's related to drugs."...

Bridge 'Congestion Pricing' Unpopular - 1/18/2005
OAKLAND - If the Bay Area winds up paying higher tolls to cover overruns on the new Bay Bridge, motorists want to see a $1 boost for everyone, as opposed to a $2 spike for rush-hour commuters, according to a new poll released Thursday....

County Debates History, Safety To Decide Fate Of Aging Bridge - 1/18/2005
MONMOUTH - Monmouth County engineers and historic preservationists are at odds over the fate of the Glimmer Glass Bridge, a century-old, wooden-framed drawbridge that operates using rolling counterweights....

Reform Sought In How State Faces Transportation Issues - 1/18/2005
SEATTLE - Most say that to pay for huge projects, such as replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the 520 bridge and relieving Interstate 405 congestion, money will have to be raised both statewide and regionally. Now the challenge is to decide how to raise and handle regional money....

4 Bridge Projects In The Works - 1/18/2005
MONMOUTH - As county and state proposals move forward for four bridges, business owners and politicians in the Bayshore are hoping for a smooth transition between the Monmouth County Engineering Department and the state Department of Transportation on the projects....

Lawmakers Call Disaster Response To Mudslides A Model For Bay Bridge Mess - 1/18/2005
SACRAMENTO - Bay Area legislators said the state's response to the deadly mudslide that hit the coastal hamlet of La Conchita bolsters their case for having Sacramento pick up most of the tab for the new Bay Bridge....

Interstate 5 Bridge: The Ups And Downs - 1/18/2005
WASHINGTON - Thousands of times since the bridge's first half was built in 1917, the twin 263-foot-long lift spans have been raised and lowered with a simple system involving steel cables attached to drums turned by four electric motors....

Winning Designs Bridge Demands - 1/18/2005
CHICAGO - Phillips Swager Associates' unique vision for a new North Avenue bridge emerged as the major surprise among the winners of an international design competition for five new pedestrian bridges along the lakefront....

Lampson Sees New Growth In Massive Construction Projects - 1/18/2005
WASHINGTON - For Kennewick's Neil F. Lampson Inc., one of the world's largest heavy lift and transport companies, 1,000-ton jobs that are years in the making can come down to a matter of hours and inches....

Highway Funding Hinges On Standards - 1/18/2005
SOUTH DAKOTA - South Dakota might lose millions in federal highway money if lawmakers don't meet new federal standards for commercial driving licenses, according to Cindy Gerber, who runs the state driver licensing program....

Protest Meeting Over New Bridge - 1/18/2005
UK - Opponents of a proposed new crossing over the River Thames in east London questioned local councillors at a meeting on Saturday....

Speedy Probe Into Collapsed Bridge Sought - 1/18/2005
PHILIPPINES - The barangay chairman of this village two kilometers from Poblacion urged the Provincial Board and Governor George Arnaiz to speed up their separate investigation into the P750,000 unfinished San Jose bridge that collapsed at the height of Typhoon Helen July last year....

China Talks Of A Highway To Taiwan - 1/18/2005
BEIJING - In Taiwan, a government spokesman said the Chinese announcement was merely a far-fetched exercise in political propaganda and had no significance. Taipei's Central News Agency quoted spokesman Chen Chi-mai as saying as saying: "If China wants to contribute to cross-strait development, we hope that it will address cross-strait issues in a pragmatic manner."...

Governor Makes Strong Case In Highway Plan - 1/18/2005
IDAHO - So far, about the only grumbling about Gov. Dirk Kempthorne's ambitious plan to borrow $1.6 billion to improve highways throughout the state using federal funds has come from legislators whose natural inclination is to avoid spending of any kind....

Kempthorne Sells His Bridge Proposal - 1/18/2005
IDAHO - The governor has a deal for you: He wants to sell you a bridge. That bridge would be a $184 million construct over the Snake River Canyon about halfway between Twin Falls and Buhl. It's a big idea; the biggest boasting point, Kempthorne said, is that it would divert commercial traffic away from bustling Blue Lakes Boulevard North onto U.S Highway 93....

Still Overcrowded, Still Unsafe - 1/18/2005
CINCINNATI - A new engineering report that concludes the Brent Spence Bridge will remain structurally sound longer than previously thought is welcome news, but it should not lessen the urgency for replacing the span....

Tay Bridge Disaster Exhibition Success - 1/18/2005
UK - A Dundee exhibition marking the 125th anniversary of the Tay Bridge disaster has seen hordes of visitors from across the country offering stories and objects for display, writes Graeme Strachan....

Neighbors Pushing For Quiet Pavement For New 520 Bridge - 1/18/2005
SEATTLE - A replacement the State Route 520 floating bridge -- likely six lanes wide -- will be flanked by miles of noise walls to protect neighbors from the highway's howl, but whether it will be paved with quiet, space-age asphalt is up in the air....

Builders Eager For Slice Of New Span - 1/18/2005
CINCINNATI - Calling it one of the biggest engineering contracts in the history of either state, highway officials from both Ohio and Kentucky on Tuesday took questions from potential consultants on the next phase of the Brent Spence Bridge replacement project. And there were a lot of them to brief....

Firms Revive Bid-rigging Groups - 1/18/2005
JAPAN - Nearly 50 construction companies, including Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. and Yokogawa Bridge Corp., have reestablished two disbanded associations to rig bids for bridge construction projects put out to tender by the Japan Highway Public Corporation and other public bodies, sources close to the companies said Friday....

Panel: Transportation System Near Collapsing - 1/11/2005
CALIFORNIA - If you wonder why your highways seem overcrowded and rutted with potholes or why your bus and rail fares keep climbing despite service cuts, consider this ominous statement: "California's transportation program is in crisis and on the verge of collapse."...

Naxalites' Bid To Blow Up Road Bridge In Bihar Foiled - 1/11/2005
AURANGABAD - : Police claimed to have foiled a bid by the CPI (Maoist) naxalites to blow up a road bridge on national highway by recovering three landmines and its several equipment in Bihar's Aurangabad district today....

Shock Could Keep Hana Highway Bridges Intact - 1/11/2005
WAILUKU - Many of the bridges along the storied Hana road could be restored – not demolished and replaced – with a technology that prevents corrosion of steel rebars by connecting them to a more easily corroded metal through low-voltage electrical currents....

Why Southern Californians Should Care About The Sf Bay Bridge - 1/11/2005
CALIFORNIA - A spat between the Governor and a group of San Francisco Bay Area lawmakers made headlines in the Southland recently when Governor Arnold announced that the State would not fully fund a new Bay Bridge....

Shafir Engineering To Build Jerusalem's Calatrava Bridge - 1/11/2005
JERESALEM - "Shafir Civil and Marine Engineering will be declared the winner of the tender to build Jerusalem Mass Transit System Project's Calatrava bridge," said a senior Ministry of Transport official last week. He said the Moriah Jerusalem Development Corporation tenders committee would meet in two weeks to announce the winner....

Budget Crisis Slams Brakes On Transportation Projects - 1/11/2005
CALIFORNIA - The ever-escalating cost of rebuilding the eastern portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is getting a lot of media attention, but hundreds of other projects are also languishing. The closure of the Pit River bridge would be just as devastating to its users as the collapse of the Bay Bridge to Bay Area motorists....

Cincinnati-kentucky Bridge Is Sound - 1/11/2005
CINCINNATI - The Brent Spence Bridge connecting Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky could handle its current traffic load "indefinitely" as long as it is properly maintained over the next 16 years, according to a new report by the highway departments of Kentucky and Ohio....

Gov.'s Budget Plan Skips Transportation Again - 1/11/2005
CALIFORNIA - For the second year in a row, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a state budget that includes no money for new highway or mass transit projects....

Planners Reject Rezoning - 1/11/2005
IRONWOOD - Merrill said the city also has been working with MDOT to generate improvements in the U.S. 2 bridge across the Montreal River. Those might include cantilevered spans outside the original bridge to allow recreational traffic, which now is blocked by the river crossing....

Pilgrims Denied Smooth Ride Thanks To Design Flaw - 1/11/2005
KOLKATA - The journey to the annual fair, the Ganga Sagar Mela, would have been more comfortably, if the railways had been more cautious in designing a key rail-bridge over the Kalnagini Khal, a backwater canal of the Bay of Bengal near Kakdwip station....

Highway Project List To Be Cut - 1/11/2005
FORT WAYNE - The Allen County Highway Department will begin slowly reducing its roster of road projects – and possibly staff – to deal with more than $1 million in lost revenue....

Causeway Bridge To Be Examined - 1/11/2005
INDIANA - According to Highway Engineer George Hartman, eight of the 32 drains located on the underside of the bridge have deteriorated and fallen off, causing problems with the bridge....

Officials Say No To Bridge mndot Says No To New Bridge For Tower’s Riverfront Project - 1/11/2005
MINNESOTA - The state Dept. of Transportation won’t be supporting the city of Tower’s request for reconstruction of Hwy. 169, to allow for restoring the former boat harbor on the city’s west end. That’s the word from MnDOT Commissioner and Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau, who dismissed the idea in a Dec. 14 letter responding to Rep. David Dill (DFL-Crane Lake)....

Beaver Dam Bridge Collapse Reroutes Residents, School Buses - 1/11/2005
NORTH CAROLINA - It collapsed on Dec. 10, after flooding rains poured over Cleveland County and caused Beaver Dam Creek to overflow. The cause of the collapse is being investigated by the DOT, although officials have speculated that debris and logs that collected underneath the bridge caused the collapse....

Deal For Sagging Bridge Reached - 1/11/2005
ILLINOIS - An agreement reached with the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority will require the engineering firms responsible for the gaffe to pay for correcting it....

Destroyed Bridges, Causeways Compound Relief Crisis In East - 1/5/2005
SRI LANKA - Whenever we destroyed bridges or causeways during the war the Sri Lanka army had the wherewithal to quickly repair them or it fixed the problem fast with pontoon and prefabricated bridges. We are sure that they still have the necessary equipment to repair the bridges and causeways damaged or destroyed by the Tsunami....

Army Men Errect Bailey Bridge In Karaikal - 1/5/2005
INDIA - Road traffic between nearby Karaikal and Nagapattinam, which remained disrupted following damage to a bridge in the Tsunami, resumed today after engineers of the Army built a Bailey bridge in just six hours last evening....

Icy Bridges Cause Several Accidents - 1/5/2005
NORTH DAKOTA - Authorities here urged drivers to use caution after several vehicles crashed on icy bridges Sunday....

Bridging A Gap: Safety Vs. Sightly - 1/5/2005
MAUI - A high-tech system that is being used to save Oregon's picturesque coastal bridges could be just the fix for corroding low-tech spans along the winding Hana Highway....

Unveiling: Bridges Have Spanned Centuries Of City Life - 1/5/2005
UK - Seventy years on, more than 35,000 cars and articulated lorries zip across it each day, and during rush-hour this sturdy piece of British engineering carries about 5,000 vehicles a hour....

Petaluma River Railroad Bridge Could Collapse - 1/5/2005
CALIFORNIA - The North Coast Rail Authority says a railroad bridge across the Petaluma River has been hit by barges so many times that it could simply collapse....

Fishermen In Nagapattinam Get Back To Their Routine - 1/5/2005
INDIA - kkaraipettai village, a suburb of Nagapattinam, is slowly limping back to normal. For two days after the tsunami struck, the village had remained cut off, as boats that were washed away on to the roads by the waves blocked traffic and a bridge connecting the village to Nagapattinam had collapsed....

Wheels Starting To Turn For Cross-base Highway - 1/5/2005
SEATTLE - There are lots of freeways on the Puget Sound region's transportation wish list: expanded freeways, extended freeways, reconstructed freeways. Brand-new freeways? There's only one....

Tribe's Past And Bridge's Future Clash On West Coast - 1/5/2005
SEATTLE - It's not the first time a multimillion-dollar public works project has clashed with a major archaeological discovery. But it is believed that never before in the United States has a publicly funded project unearthed a burial ground of anything close to the size of the one discovered in Washington State....

Minority Of Truck Drivers Try To Cheat New Tolls - 1/5/2005
GERMANY - Eight percent of truck drivers are cheating Germany's new satellite-aid highway tolls system, Transport Minister Manfred Stolpe said on Monday, the third day the system has been operating....

Kuwait Pledges $75m For 3 Projects - 1/5/2005
DHAKA - Kuwait has made a fresh pledge of $75 million to finance three Bangladeshi projects, including the construction of the third Karnaphuli Bridge in Chittagong....

It's Checkup Time For Cabrillo Bridge - 1/5/2005
SAN DIEGO - The historic Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park is spotted with unsound concrete and rusted steel, and Caltrans says the 90-year-old span needs a seismic analysis....

University Takes National Lead On Earthquake Study - 1/5/2005
RENO - The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Nevada, Reno a $2 million grant to take the lead on research studying the safety and performance of highway bridges under destructive earthquakes....

Save Ganga Setu To Avoid Tsunami-like Tragedy - 1/5/2005
INDIA - he meeting at first appealed to the comity of nations to provide relief to the victims and then drew the attention of the state government towards the bridge over river Ganga, which serves as a link between north and south Bihar. The bridge is being neglected and if immediate remedial measures are not initiated soon, it might collapse any day....

Bridges To Wealth' Are In Poor Health - 1/5/2005
MUMBAI - Two new engineering projects, the Bandra-Worli sealink and the Sewri-Nhava Sheva bridge, are set to change the face of Mumbai forever. But the city also has a formidable engineering heritage in its historical stone bridges, many of which, sadly, are in bad shape today....

Forecast: California Construction To Grow Slower In '05 - 1/5/2005
CALIFORNIA - California's construction volume totaled $5.96 billion in November, down 9.8 percent from October but up 25.6 percent from November 2003, reports the Construction Industry Research Board. It also predicts slowing growth for 2005....

Magnitude 9.0 - Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra - 12/28/2004
INDIAN OCEAN - The devastating megathrust earthquake of December 26th, 2004 occurred on the interface of the India and Burma plates and was caused by the release of stresses that develop as the India plate subducts beneath the overriding Burma plate....

New Highlands-sea Bright Bridge To Be 30 Ft. Higher - 12/28/2004
NEW JERSEY - DOT hopes to begin constructing replacement in 2007. the 1,582-foot-long replacement fixed bridge, which would essentially entail constructing the new span over the present-day 1,240-foot-long span, is tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring of 2007 at a total estimated cost of $76 million, excluding engineering or environmental mitigation charges, DOT officials stated....

Dot Eyes 2009 Start Of Work On Jefferson Bypas - 12/28/2004
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation expects to complete the environmental impact portion of its study of the state Highway 26 bypasses of Jefferson and Watertown in the first quarter of 2005....

Commission Gets Bridge Update - 12/28/2004
SOUTH DAKOTA - All but one part of the bridge that collapsed on 200th Street three miles northeast of Bruce last Friday under the weight of a truck was removed Monday, Highway Superintendent Ted Eggebraaten told the Brookings County Commission Tuesday morning....

A Bridge Is Just A Bridge Unless It Spans The Record Books - 12/28/2004
TEXAS - I say the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is the longest bridge in the world; my wife contends not. What do you say?...

Bridge Audit Rips Caltrans - 12/28/2004
OAKLAND - State auditors blamed Caltrans for mismanaging the Bay Bridge reconstruction and failing to report obvious cost increases — perhaps in violation of the law — in a blistering 77-page report released Wednesday....

New Obstacles For Hood Canal Bridge - 12/28/2004
SEATTLE - In walking away from its Port Angeles construction site Tuesday, after spending $58 million to build a dry dock there, the state Department of Transportation created a new problem: finding another place to build pontoons and anchors for replacement of the eastern half of the Hood Canal Bridge....

Audit Criticizes Caltrans Over Bay Bridge Costs - 12/28/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - State Auditor Elaine Howle released a report Wednesday that criticizes Caltrans for failing to create a risk management plan to better keep track of the spiraling cost of building a new eastern span on the Bay Bridge....

Supervisors Oppose Designating Bridges As Historic - 12/28/2004
MISSISSIPPI - Hinds County supervisors fear designating two bridges as historic landmarks could delay repairs and upgrades....

Timber From Historic Bridge Taken For Conservation And Display - 12/28/2004
TICONDEROGA - An artifact from a Revolutionary War engineering feat that helped lead to the defeat of the British at Saratoga was headed to Vermont on Wednesday....

Samy Vellu Reiterates That Penang Bridge Is Safe - 12/28/2004
KUALA LUMPUR - Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu reiterated Monday that the Penang Bridge is safe and urged motorists not to listen to rumours spread via the short messaging service (SMS) by irresponsible people....

Odot Looks For Truck That Hit Bridge - 12/28/2004
OKLAHOMA - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is looking for information on a truck that hit the Coal Creek bridge between Arpelar and McAlester on Dec. 8....

Highway Projects Likely To Suffer From Septa Cuts - 12/28/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - While PennDOT can immediately approve $5.5 million of that $18.8 million in bonds and other funds, the remaining $13.3 million would come from federal highway money...

Remembering The Tay Bridge Disaster - 12/28/2004
UK - Sheila Thomson (103), of Broughty Ferry, is due to attend tomorrow’s memorial ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of the disaster at the exact place where the stricken train lay 125 years ago...

River Escapes Serious Injuries In Plunge Off Bridge - 12/28/2004
OHIO - A man escaped with minor injuries after his car plunged 30 feet off a highway overpass and landed wheels-down in the snow-covered median between lanes of freeway traffic....

10 Die In Burma Bridge Collapse - 12/28/2004
RANGOON - The tsunami which drove through the Andaman Sea yesterday destroyed a bridge in southeast Burma and killed 10 people and a number of fishing trawlers were missing at sea, a fishing operator said....

Crack-checking - 12/28/2004
OREGON - Standing beside the Sellwood Bridge, Multnomah County engineer Michael Eaton reaches into a front pocket of his coveralls and pulls out a metal paper clip, repeatedly depressing the springy inner oval....

County Board Considers Bridge Warning Signs - 12/28/2004
NC - A bridge collapse on Maple Springs Valley Road, in which one person drowned and two others were rescued, struck a nerve with the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night....

Europe's Highest Bridge Links Art And Engineering - 12/21/2004
FRANCE - Stretching 1.6 miles through France's Massif Central mountains, the bridge will enable motorists to take a drive 891 feet above the Tarn River valley....

The Future Of Highway 97 - 12/21/2004
OREGON - The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is planning more than a dozen projects through 2009 to modernize and improve Highway 97 through Central Oregon, according to a draft plan....

Can Tickets Turn Back The Big Rigs? - 12/21/2004
NORFOLK - A new program at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel could help cut back on the No. 1 cause for backups...

Yet Another Delay For Highway 149 Project - 12/21/2004
CALIFORNIA - state budget problems and changing environmental rules have pushed the project back further and further, and the cost has skyrocketed from $41.5 million to $120.3 million....

Is A Bridge Game Afoot? - 12/21/2004
OAKLAND - Caltrans says it wants to finish the new Bay Bridge with a plain concrete skyway, but neither its own technical report nor any panel of consultants backs up that finding...

Road Projects Might Be Delayed To Save Money - 12/21/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - PennDOT has identified two lists of highway projects that could be postponed or not built if state and federal money were diverted to help pay for more than $90 million in deficits in public transit budgets in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia....

35-year Payment Scheme To Ease Traffic Congestion - 12/21/2004
NEW ZEALAND - Tauranga motorists face up to 35 years of tolls if a controversial plan to relieve chronic traffic congestion on the harbour bridge forges ahead....

Bridge Project Yields Long-forgotten Graves - 12/21/2004
WASHINGTON - Without intending to do so, the Washington State Department of Transportation, as part of a multimillion-dollar bridge-repair project in this port city on the Olympic Peninsula, opened up what a federal archaeologist describes as the largest prehistoric Indian village and burial ground found in the United States....

Port Angeles-born Levx System Proposed For Busy Poulsbo-bainbridge Corridor - 12/21/2004
WASHINGTON - Magna Force founder Karl ``Jerry'' Lamb of Port Angeles thinks he has the solution -- an elevated, dual-track passenger train system using his LEVX magnetic-levitation technology....

Since You Asked French Bridge Beats Ours - 12/21/2004
OREGON - I just read about the tallest bridge in the world being built in France. It’s pretty impressive but I was wondering how Oregon’s bridges stack up against it....

Berrymans Bridge Collapse Case Development - 12/21/2004
NEW ZEALAND - The Army has been ordered to release a report into the 1994 bridge collapse in the King Country which claimed the life of beekeeper Ken Richards....

Feds Try New Type Style For U.s. Highway Signs - 12/21/2004
WASHINGTON - According to a press release from Penn State University, the Federal Highway Administration has approved the interim use of a new typeface, called Clearview, for signs on all public streets, highways and byways....

Repair Begins On Ellsworth Bridge - 12/21/2004
ALBANY - Repair work is under way on the Ellsworth Street Bridge after a log truck being towed struck and dented parts of the steel bridge earlier this month....

Did Starlings See Bridge Collapse On The Horizon? - 12/21/2004
STAMFORD - om 90,000 in 1973 to 50,000 in 1978. In 1979, the number of starlings at the site had plummeted to a few handfuls. The next year, there were none at the roost. "We couldn't figure out where they went," Joe says. The roosting spot for the starlings was the Mianus River Bridge, which collapsed in the summer of 1983....

Repairs Slated For Hatteras Spanrepairs Slated For Hatteras Span - 12/21/2004
NAGS HEAD - The 2.4-mile bridge over Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks is due for repair work to shore up the base of pilings while engineers design a replacement....

Massive Bridge Project Passes Another Milestone - 12/21/2004
SOUTH CAROLINA - Construction of the most expensive bridge ever built in South Carolina has passed another milestone. The twin diamond-shaped towers supporting the $632 million Ravenel Bridge on the Cooper River are now both linked to land....

Manhattan Bridge Overlooked Amongst City Bridges - 12/21/2004
NEW YORK - If it could speak, the Manhattan Bridge might sound like the late Rodney Dangerfield. From the very start, it was destined to get no respect -- which may be why its story is so obscure compared to that of the Brooklyn Bridge, its star East River neighbor....

Commentary: The French Could Give Us A Lesson - 12/21/2004
CALIFORNIA - On Tuesday, French President Jacques Chirac presided over the opening of a soaring new bridge that rivals California's two masterpieces, the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge, in engineering audacity and efficiency....

Lord Foster: The World's Favourite Architect - 12/21/2004
UK - That intent has made Foster the most successful architect in British history. This week, his latest projects were rolled out to the usual acclaim: a vast bridge over the Tarn gorge at Millau in France, and the Sage music centre in Gateshead...

State Bridges Not As Bad As Thought - 12/21/2004
OREGON - State highway engineers who took another look at Oregon bridges slated for repair under a $1.3 billion maintenance program say roughy half the spans may be in better shape than they expected...

Caltrans Urges Changes In Bay Bridge Design - 12/21/2004
CALIFORNIA - Caltrans Director Will Kempton pleaded with Bay Area leaders Thursday to back a design change for the new Bay Bridge, arguing that a plainer skyway will prove much easier to build than a suspension span....

Bridge With Unique Design Built Over Ganga Canal - 12/21/2004
INDIA - "Launching a 250-feet long girder and associated assemblies, weighing over 450 tonnes over a canal was done with extra-ordinary skill and engineering acumen,"...

Oversize Truck Damages Bonduel Bridge - 12/21/2004
BONDUEL - The 8:30 a.m. accident knocked the steel beams that support the bridge about seven feet -- or halfway, officials said -- off the wood pilings on the west side, leaving a warped sandwich of steel beams suspended over the highway....

Above The Clouds, The French Glimpse The Old Grandeur - 12/21/2004
FRANCE - For President Jacques Chirac, the soaring butterfly of steel and concrete that spans the Tarn Valley is nothing less than an "audacious" work of art and a symbol of "a modern and conquering France."...

Ridge Builders Remembered For Bravery That Cost Their Lives - 12/21/2004
UK - Sculptor Hamish Gilchrist holds his proposed commemorative work in honour of the dead and injured workmen who laboured on the Forth Bridge...

Bay Area Leaders Push Suspension - 12/21/2004
CALIFORNIA - Bay Area transportation leaders plan to drum up support among cities and counties next month to save the "signature" suspension span for the new Bay Bridge, arguing it's too late to switch designs now because one half of the $5.1 billion red ink link is already under construction....

World Steel Bridge Symposium - 12/21/2004
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Breakfast On The Bridge - 12/21/2004
AUSTRALIA - before it opens to traffic, Thiess, Main Roads and local group Move Motivate Mid West are inviting people to join them in a breakfast on the bridge from 8am to 9.30am....

The Bent Hits 1000 Subscribers! - 12/14/2004
SACRAMENTO - The BridgeSite's (http://www.bridgesite.com) weekly newsletter - The Bridge Engineering News Today (BENT) reached a milestone of 1000 email subscribers today. Many engineers have told us that they look forward to each Wednesday's BENT and that the BENT is a very important source of information about the bridge engineering community. See http://www.bridgesite.com/NewsletterSubscribe.htm for information about how your company can advertise in the BENT....

Poor Planning By State Led To Cracks In Bay Bridge's Deck - 12/14/2004
MARYLAND - Flawed state specifications for repaving the Bay Bridge led to numerous construction setbacks well before extensive cracks in the concrete appeared last spring, according to a review by The Capital of thousands of pages of documents related to the project....

Cunningham Bridge Options Studied - 12/14/2004
NEW JERSEY - after 49 years of alternately carrying motorists over the Trent River and swinging open to make way for boaters between Union Point and the marina, the concrete-and-steel bridge is due for an upgrade - or even a replacement....

State's Planning Failures On Bridge Likely To Prove Costly - 12/14/2004
MARYLAND - At a community meeting in Stevensville, state transportation officials were talking about the botched repair work on the Bay Bridge, which has multiplied traffic delays. They mentioned that they will continue to test the one lane on which the paving so far hasn't cracked, just to make sure it also doesn't need to be repaved....

‘i’ve Got Somebody Screaming Down In The River' - 12/14/2004
SHELBY - Moment by moment, the situation escalated. What one dispatcher called a “routine shift” turned into one of immense challenges as emergency workers of all kinds dealt with a deadly bridge collapse. What happened on the response side of things is detailed in recordings of calls received through Cleveland County’s Emergency Communication Center....

Opponents Want Viaduct Grounded - 12/14/2004
HOUSTON - A seemingly innocuous plan to rebuild a 50-year-old bridge into downtown has sparked the latest tug-of-war about highway construction in Houston and its long-term impacts on neighborhoods and urban revitalization efforts....

UNR Awarded $2 Million To Study Bridges In Earthquakes - 12/14/2004
RENO - The University of Nevada, Reno was awarded a $2 million grant Monday to take the lead with four other schools in researching the safety of highway bridges during big earthquakes....

UR Students Find Out It's Ok To Wreck A Few Bridges In Life - 12/14/2004
NEW YORK - Turns out it doesn't take much to collapse an 8½-inch aluminum bridge — just a design flaw here or there and a couple of college students leaning on it with all their weight. But take away the flaws, and suddenly aluminum doesn't seem so flimsy anymore....

Battelle Researcher Perfects Method To Revolutionize Welding Practices - 12/14/2004
COLUMBUS - Battelle researcher Pingsha Dong has developed a method for predicting fatigue life in welded structures that could revolutionize the field and has the potential to save billions of dollars in the aerospace, automotive, bridge construction, shipbuilding,pipeline, and off-shore oil rig industries....

Billions To Be Spent: But Wisely, And Engineer’s Estimates Need To Be Accurate! - 12/14/2004
UK - The West coast upgrading work from Euston as far as Manchester is complete and Virgin’s Pendolino tilting trains are now reaching Manchester in an hour and fifty-four minutes. The total West Coast works are now projected to cost £7.6 billion, but the original engineer’s estimate was £2.2 billion in 1999. This estimate escalated to a massive £13 billion as designers tried, but failed to solve the challenge of moving block signalling. A revised total project cost of £8.5 billion was agreed earlier this year....

Function Trumps Form In Purpose Of Bridge - 12/14/2004
OAKLAND - NOW that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his staff have blown the whistle on the interminable process to rebuild the Bay Bridge, perhaps even the effetes in the salons and city halls of San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland can get down to business....

Dot Faces Heat Over Lift Bridge Operations - 12/14/2004
OSHKOSH - A state Department of Transportation official said Monday no decision has been made to curtail Fox River bridge openings for Winnebago County’s seven bridges in 2005....

France Opens Tallest Road Bridge - 12/14/2004
FRANCE - Piercing the sky above the verdant hills of southern France, a stunningly modern roadway bridge hailed as the tallest in the world was officially inaugurated Tuesday....

Groups Try To Restore Prop. 42 Road Funding - 12/14/2004
SACRAMENTO - With roads crumbling and traffic going nowhere fast, a coalition of monied groups warned Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers Tuesday to restore billions of dollars from voter-approved highway funds — easing the Bay Bridge crisis — or face a ballot initiative campaign before spring....

9 New Bridges To Be Built In South Cot - 12/14/2004
PHILLAPINES - Malacañang has approved the construction of at least nine additional bridges in South Cotabato as part of the Tulay ng Pangulo or President's Bridge Program for the Special Zone of Peace and Development (SZOPAD) areas in Mindanao, Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said....

Caltrans Scraps Bridge Tower - 12/14/2004
OAKLAND - Business, Transportation and Housing Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak told lawmakers she has decided to scrap the Bay Area's hand-picked tower design in an effort to shave $300 million to $400 million off the $5.1 billion replacement Bay Bridge....

Cal Takes On Bay Bridge Project - 12/14/2004
BERKELEY - Building a better Bay Bridge has stymied state transportation officials, so now a group of University of California, Berkeley, students have taken a go at it....

Proposed Skyway A Bridge Too Cheap - 12/14/2004
OAKLAND - Oakland is about to get shortchanged on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project. And some San Franciscans are lining up to cheer the effort....

Fallen Span Scored 47 Out Of 100 - 12/14/2004
SHELBY - Joey Miller Hoyle died after his Chevrolet flatbed truck plunged into Beaverdam Creek from the bridge on Maple Springs Church Road.The bridge, which broke sometime early Friday morning, received a 47-out-of-100 score in a rating system the N.C. Department of Transportation uses to determine which bridges get fixed...

Autopsy Pending On Body Found In Bridge - 12/14/2004
NEW ORLEANS - During a routine inspection of a busy highway bridge, workers on Sunday found human skeletal remains on a landing accessible only by lifting a heavy metal hatch in the median....

New Bay Bridge Design Scaled Back - 12/14/2004
OAKLAND - The Schwarzenegger administration took the suspense - and the suspension - out of the planned new east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Friday....

Simpler? Definitely. Cheaper? Maybe - 12/14/2004
OAKLAND - The Schwarzenegger administration's decision on how to complete the new Bay Bridge eastern span came down to a duel of conflicting evaluations from two panels of experts -- one recommending a cable-stayed bridge with a soaring tower, the other saying a simple concrete viaduct was a better bet....

State Balking On Plan To Build Bridge - 12/14/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - If the state is not going to build a new bridge linking the Ambridge and Aliquippa areas, then Beaver County might quit maintaining the ramps leading to the old one....

Caltrans Goes Back To Square One On Bay Bridge - 12/14/2004
OAKLAND - Seven years and $4 billion after abandoning the ``freeway on stilts'' design for the Bay Bridge, state transportation chiefs decided for a second time a simple concrete skyway is the best way to span the water between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island....

For N.c. Bridge, Dot Looks At Long And Short Of It - 12/14/2004
NORTH CAROLINA - A short-bridge alternative has been approved for study as a replacement for the decrepit Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, but it appears likely that the targeted 2010 completion date is going to be difficult to meet....

New Highway Gets Federal Approval - 12/14/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - The Federal Highway Administration has approved the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's plans to build another portion of the Mon-Fayette Expressway for about $2 billion....

Caltrans Miscalculates On Another Bridge - 12/14/2004
CALIFORNIA - A panel of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission voted Wednes-day to spend $52 million to tear down the 1927 Carquinez Bridge. That's more than triple Caltrans' 2000 estimate of $16 million, and the money comes out of the same pot that is earmarked to improve the Interstate 880/Highway 92 interchange in Hayward....

Bridge Support Collapses During Carson-area Freeway Construction (photo) - 12/14/2004
RENO - A 45-foot-high steel column under construction at the Galena Creek bridge on the Interstate 580 freeway extension project collapsed, a Nevada Department of Transportation spokesman said....

Alton Looks To 2008 On Bridge Project - 12/14/2004
NEW HAMPSHIRE - If everything goes as planned, the town could have a new bridge spanning the Merrymeeting River by the spring of 2008, fully paid for by the state....

Three Pwd Officials Arrested For Bridge Collapse - 12/14/2004
INDIA - Three officials, attached to Public Works Department (PWD) Daman sub-division, were arrested today in Union Territory of Daman-Diu in connection with the collapse of the bridge on Damanganga river on August 28, 2003, police said....

Tragic Death, Heroic Rescues - 12/14/2004
BOILING SPRINGS - On a foggy, pitch-black night, one by one, three unsuspecting vehicles approached the bridge over Beaverdam Creek on Maple Springs Road early Friday morning. But the water that usually winded harmlessly under the bridge now raged over it. In the dark, there was no time to stop. Three vehicles entered the muddy torrent. Two men held on until rescuers could save them. But a Mooresboro man was killed....

Call For Abstracts - 2nd Annual SEAOI Midwest Bridge Symposium - 12/7/2004
ILLINOIS - SEAOI’s 2nd Annual Midwest Bridge Symposium is being held on April 26, 2005 in downtown Chicago at Maggiano’s, 111 W. Grand. The symposium will contain presentations from consultants on various aspects of bridge design and construction. Various government agencies will be on the program as well....

New Bay Bridge Design Poised For Ok - 12/7/2004
OAKLAND - New documents show the state's highest transportation official sees no opposition to a new Bay Bridge design, and Caltrans is busy shopping the new-look bridge in secret meetings....

Lawsuits Were Filed, The Contractor Was Fined, And The Bridge Work Carried On - 12/7/2004
NAPA - At 1:20 p.m., Dec. 3, 2003, a section of the span that will replace the Maxwell Bridge collapsed in a massive heap of wood and metal. Seven workers were injured, three critically, and a 20-year-old construction worker was killed....

Report Shows Bridge Project ‘dead’ Issue In Mexico - 12/7/2004
TEXAS - After spending $21.4 million, the Brownsville Navigation District still does not have all the required studies and approvals in Mexico to build an international rail/truck bridge, an investigation into the status of the project in Mexico shows....

Help Sought For I-280 Bridge Inquiry - 12/7/2004
OHIO - Saying they have neither the funds nor the expertise to do an adequate criminal investigation of the fatal Feb. 16 crane collapse at the I-280 Maumee River Crossing project, Toledo law enforcement leaders are seeking state and federal help....

Studying The Bridge Accident - 12/7/2004
NEW TOWN - Work has resumed on the new Four Bears Bridge west of New Town after an accident there this week killed one worker and injured three others. Meanwhile, an investigation into the accident also continues....

Chicago's Price For Skyway: $1.8 Billion - 12/7/2004
CHICAGO - The Chicago City Council recently approved a proposal by Mayor Richard M. Daley to lease the 7.8-mile toll road to a Spanish-Australian consortium for 99 years....

Bridge-building Bonanza - 12/7/2004
OAKLAND - The towering red cranes lining the eastern span of the Bay Bridge tell but half the story of the region's multibillion-dollar bridge-building bonanza....

David Evans Firm Does A Lot For County - 12/7/2004
OREGON - More than $3 million in county contracts with David Evans and Associates is paying for a dozen engineering projects to revamp the Medford airport, County Administrator Sue Slack said. Based in Portland, the Evans firm also provided field investigation of the Wimer bridge collapse and services in connection with the Foots Creek Bridge....

Questions May Delay Bay Bridge Call - 12/7/2004
OAKLAND - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's top advisers want a few extra days to figure out how to dig out of the Bay Bridge mess that has seen California's priority project balloon from $1.3 billion to $5.1 billion in six years....

State Weighs Effect Of Highway Change - 12/7/2004
ALASKA - Upgrading the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing by moving the road north across Juneau Creek probably would have the least impact on anadromous fish habitat of three alternatives, according to a report prepared for the state....

New Blue Water Bridge Dvd - 12/7/2004
MICHIGAN - A new DVD documenting the construction of the second span Blue Water Bridge is now available. The Blue Water Bridge Documentary Collection includes "Twinning the Blue Water Bridge" and "Second Span Blue Water Bridge", along with new bonus features "Flying Iron" and "Meeting in the Middle". The award-winning programs were produced by LTS Productions for the Blue Water Bridge Authority and the Michigan Department of Transportation....

Agreement Means Covered Bridge Will Be Rebuilt - 12/7/2004
MARIETTA - The historic Rinard Covered Bridge, which was washed into the Little Muskingum River during the September flooding, will be completely rebuilt and open again as a tourist site in Washington County....

U.s. 50 Bridge Is Next Stop For V&t - 12/7/2004
RENO - A nonprofit, fund-raising organization supporting efforts to rebuild the historic V&T Railroad between Carson City and Virginia City is pushing for recently approved federal funds to be used to install a bridge over U.S. 50 at Mound House....

Same Company To Design, Build Miss. Bridge - 12/7/2004
LOUISIANA - The company chosen to design a bridge spanning the Mississippi River north of Baton Rouge will be the same company that builds it, state highway officials have decided....

Tdot Presents Plans For New Spillway, Bridge At Reelfoot - 12/7/2004
TENNESSEE - The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced last year that it would take on the project. It obtained federal funds to replace the bridge and will use state funds to construct a new spillway....

State Mum On Bridge Pick - 12/7/2004
OAKLAND - A formal announcement is expected Monday, but memos obtained from those meetings bolster a persistent rumor Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration favors a cable-stayed bridge. No such bridge has been built in California, but variations of the design can be seen at Boston's Bunker Hill Bridge and Charleston's Copper River Bridge....

Just Build It - 12/7/2004
OAKLAND - AT 5:04 p.m., on Oct. 17, 1989, the challenge became clear. The eastern span of the Bay Bridge, severely damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake, needed to be rebuilt before the next major temblor brought potentially greater death and destruction to this essential yet vulnerable component of our transportation system....

Study Finds State's Bridges Aren't So Bad - 12/7/2004
OREGON - A recent engineering study released by Oregon State University found that many of Oregon's state highway bridges will last longer than officials previously believed....

Coalition Aims To Gain Support For New Bridge - 12/7/2004
PITTSBURG - Now that more federal money has been earmarked for the Alle-Kiski Connector Bridge project, members of a local transportation advocate group are hoping to build support within the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and from Gov. Ed Rendell to get the bridge built....

Metro Studies Route For Eastside Streetcar To Omsi - 12/7/2004
OREGON - A study commissioned by the Lloyd District Transportation Management Association will see whether a bridge over Interstate 84 at Northeast Seventh Avenue makes sense for stimulating development in the Lloyd District....

Original Bay Bridge Also Provided An Economic Boost - 12/1/2004
OAKLAND - The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was built during the toughest of economic times -- the Great Depression. When it opened in 1936, it was the world's longest and costliest bridge....

Bridge Worker Hurt In Collapse - 12/1/2004
NEW JERSEY - George Boos, 30, of Franklinville, was kneeling beneath the bridge, which carries Brass Castle Road over Pohatcong Creek, when a wall on the upstream side collapsed, said Neil Neal, an estimator with contractor Kraemer Gunite Inc., of Pitman....

State Wins Federal Backing On Hood Canal Bridge Project - 12/1/2004
SEATTLE - The federal government has sided with Washington state in its plans to build atop tribal remains at a Port Angeles site for building pontoons in the reconstruction of the Hood Canal Bridge....

Road Projects Facing Possible Delay If Bill Doesn't Pass Soon - 12/1/2004
WASHINGTON - Road and bridge projects in Ohio could be put on hold if the highway bill, which remained stalled in Congress, isn't resurrected and passed early next year....

Study Finds No Clear Solutions To Port Tampa Truck Problem - 12/1/2004
FLORIDA - Peate said engineers looked at suggestions, including building a bridge from Port Tampa to the Gandy Bridge, which could cost $65 million....

Fifty People Injured In Bridge Collapse : - 12/1/2004
INDIA - At least 50 people, mostly children, were injured when a wooden bride collapsed at Domkal village in Murshidabad district of West Bengal today, police said....

Girder Damage Closes Part Of Highway Overpass - 12/1/2004
COLORADO - State inspectors later found critical damage to the large steel beam, but it wasn't considered hazardous to motorists. Officials want to keep weight off the damaged area, Stegman said....

County May Start Bridge Inspections - 12/1/2004
CLEVELAND - The city is considering a plan to turn its bridge inspection program over to the county after being criticized by federal and state officials a year ago for doing a subpar job of monitoring bridges....

Little Bay Bridges Project To Get $5.5m From Feds - 12/1/2004
PORTSMOUTH - A total of $5.5 million for the Little Bay Bridges project could be headed to the Granite State soon although it is not expected to have much short-term impact on plans to alleviate congestion at the bottleneck that connects Dover to Newington....

Report: County Bridge Quality Increases - 12/1/2004
INDIANA - Six years ago, the county ranked in the state’s lower half of bridge sufficiency. Montgomery County Highway Director Brett Cating said the increase in rank was the result of teamwork between commissioners and council....

Span Back On Drawing Board - 12/1/2004
BUFFALO - Peace Bridge officials have scrapped their design selection work of the past three years and will begin anew in January....

Completion Of Bay Bridge Relies On Concrete Segments - 12/1/2004
CALIFORNIA - IN THE HEART of the Central Valley, 50 miles east of Oakland's urban bustle, the Bay Area's $10 billion bridge-building renaissance is in full bloom....

Almost Lost - 12/1/2004
OREGON - It was a famous bridge builder's masterpiece, but time and neglect almost destroyed the St. Johns Bridge, one of Portland's architectural treasures...

Drill Crew Tests Stone Bridge Foundation - 12/1/2004
NEW HAMPSHIRE - A drilling company probed deep beneath the crumbling Stone Bridge last week in an effort to learn what lies beneath. The rig's work is the first step in an effort to rescue the old abutment before storms succeed in washing it into the Sakonnet River...

New Bridge Design Plan Stirs Mixed Feelings - 12/1/2004
BUFFALO - The mayors in Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ont., say they support a newly announced design competition to pick what kind of new bridge to build across the Niagara River, but the group that has championed a signature span since 1999 opposes the change....

Missouri Residents Hope To Save Historic Bridge - 12/1/2004
NPR RADIO - With the price of scrap metal soaring on world markets, a railroad company is seeing dollar signs when it looks at an old bridge across the Missouri River. Residents now want to save the bridge, but don't know how they can come up with the $8 million its worth. Catherine Welch of member station KBIA reports....

Bay Bridge Geofill Key Part Of New Span - 12/1/2004
OAKLAND - EIGHT OF THE Bay Bridge eastern span's 16 contracts have been completed, including interim retrofits of the existing span, a pile demonstration project, an archaeological excavation, one of the tower's foundations and the geofill....

Journalists Demand Construction Of 3rd Karnaphuli Bridge - 12/1/2004
BANGLADESH - Journalists of the port city in a joint statement today demanded construction of the much-talked about third Karnaphuli Bridge for the greater benefit of the people of Chittagong, Bandarban and Cox's Bazar districts....

Swinging Bridge Committee Meets With Mdot On Funding - 12/1/2004
MAINE - The Androscoggin Swinging Bridge committee held a public hearing on Nov. 17 with Maine Department of Transportation officials at Topsham Public Library about the effort to preserve the bridge. The hearing was part of a process to receive funding from the department, said Topsham Town Manager Gary Brown....

Toll Bridge Makes Way For Avenue Of Saints - 12/1/2004
MISSOURI - George LeMaster's personal history includes lots of memories of working on the St. Francisville Bridge....

The Others - 12/1/2004
OAKLAND - THE TOWERING red cranes lining the eastern span of the Bay Bridge tell but half the story of the region's multibillion-dollar bridge-building bonanza. With only two exceptions, every bridge in the region is getting or has gotten a makeover....

Super Link - 12/1/2004
BAHRAIN - A massive system of flyovers and underpasses is to be built in the Umm Al Hassam area, it was announced yesterday.As part of the BD570 million project a flyover will be built from the Shaikh Isa bin Salman Highway to the Sitra Bridge at Mina Salman, yesterday's Cabinet session chaired by Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa was told....

Highway Funding Revisited - 12/1/2004
MAINE - With 3,000 pages of spending, the federal omnibus spending bill for 2005 will require weeks to untangle and see where its $388 billion went, but it is already clear where it didn't: Maine fared poorly with transportation. A second chance, with reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), will arise this winter, and the Maine delegation must make the case that it is crucial to include projects cut from the appropriation bill....

Huge Screen To Block Driving Range Lights - 12/1/2004
TACOMA - The Tacoma Narrows Bridge project is paying for a 400-foot-long, 32-foot-high screen to protect Highway 16 drivers from the nighttime lights of a golf driving range....

'corrosive' Urine Is Destroying Famous Bridge - 12/1/2004
JAKARTA - The Ampera Bridge, a popular tourist attraction in Indonesia, may be in danger of collapsing. The reason? People are relieving themselves against its poles....

Part Of New N.d. Bridge Collapses; 1 Dead - 12/1/2004
NORTH DAKOTA - A section of a huge bridge under construction over a Missouri River reservoir collapsed Tuesday, killing one worker and injuring three others, officials said....

More Lanes For Bridge - 12/1/2004
CALIFORNIA - A new Golden Valley Road bridge will be six lanes instead of four thanks to a $1 million cost savings on the project, city officials said Monday....

Finishing Bay Bridge No Easy Task - 12/1/2004
OAKLAND - PRESSURE IS MOUNTING to change the signature part of the new Bay Bridge -- its unique, self-anchored suspension tower. A design team will recommend to state legislators as soon as next week whether to keep the tower or change it, the latest bump in the road for the nation's biggest ongoing bridge project....

Bridge Study Points To Cost-effective Alternative - 12/1/2004
MICHIGAN - Building a separate two-lane bridge just west of the current 68th Avenue bridge over the Grand River near Eastmanville may be the most cost-effective option for improving the span, a study shows....

Bay Bridge Cost-Cutting Could Come At High Price - 11/23/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Low-budget design might turn span into failure of our times Is a long-lasting landmark span worth a few hundred million?...

Bay Span Low-frills Proposals Revisited - 11/23/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - When then-Gov. Pete Wilson told the Bay Area in 1997 that he wanted to replace the seismically unsound eastern half of the Bay Bridge with a simple concrete span, the region's politicians, planners and esthetes roared in outrage....

NMSU Wins $400,000 To Add Smart Tech To New Bridge - 11/23/2004
NEW MEXICO - New Mexico State University has received a $400,000 grant to install "smart bridge" technology to a bridge that is scheduled to be built over Interstate 25 in the village of Doña Ana....

Eastern Bridge Report Criticized - 11/23/2004
OHIO - Preservation groups criticized a government report released Friday that indicated a proposed bridge could be built across the Little Miami River south of Fairfax with minimal impact on the environment....

Verrazano Br. Turns 40 - 11/23/2004
NEW YORK - An engineering marvel, the 4,260-foot span linking Brooklyn to Staten Island took five years to build and required the labor of more than 12,000 workers....

Ancient Village, Graveyard Torn Apart By Bridge Project - 11/23/2004
SEATTLE - In a makeshift morgue, handmade cedar boxes are stacked row upon row, each holding the ancient remains of the ancestors of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, all facing east toward the sunrise....

Is 'Hydrogen Highway' The Answer? - 11/23/2004
CALIFORNIA - When a beaming Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger steered a futuristic hydrogen-powered Hummer into a prototype filling station at Los Angeles International Airport, he illustrated both the promise and pitfalls ahead for the emerging alternative fuel....

Bridge Collapse Sparks Detour - 11/23/2004
AUSTRALIA - Tamworth Regional Council has been forced to build a detour after the collapse of a bridge in the Goonoo Goonoo Rural area. A heavy vehicle load is being blamed for the collapse on the bridge across Spring Creek on Marsden Road....

Convoy Carrying Huge Bridge Beams To Hit Oregon's Freeways - 11/23/2004
OREGON - The project is part of the ten-year, $3 billion Oregon Transportation Investment Act....

Havre Man Charged With 9 Misdemeanors In Bridge Collapse - 11/23/2004
MONTANA - The Blaine County attorney's office has filed charges against a truck driver it says is responsible for the collapse of a bridge that closed U.S. Highway 2 for three weeks and cost $3.17 million to replace....

Wanted: Bridge-building Leaders - 11/23/2004
NASHVILLE - John Roebling believed expanses were made to be crossed, and believed the most efficient way of getting from one side to the other was by bridge....

New Bridge Sought In Flood-prone Area - 11/23/2004
BRISTOL - After a decade-long struggle to replace the aging bridge on Artisan Street finally came to end last year, the city began taking a look at other spans crossing the flood-prone Copper Mine Brook....

Arcadia Faces Costly Crossing Choice - 11/23/2004
CALIFORNIA - City officials, mindful of competing traffic and financial concerns, must decide crucial questions: Should the railroad tracks go over the street, or should the street should go under the railroad tracks?...

New Waldo Hancock Span Project Costs Edge Toward $99 Million - 11/23/2004
MAINE - Maine Department of Transportation officials Tuesday said the total cost of construction for the new Penobscot River crossing and demolition of the old Waldo Hancock Bridge is likely to reach $99 million....

Bridge Construction To Be Delayed - 11/23/2004
NORTH CAROLINA - DOT's Director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Tom Norman said that the out-of-state contractor responsible for the pre-fabricated sections of the bridge had encountered great difficulty with supplying the steel for the dimensions of the massive, 660-foot bridge....

Sailboat Played Role In Freighter-san Rafael Bridge Collision - 11/23/2004
CALIFORNIA - Around 4:30 p.m. on July 11, the 590-foot freight ship Pacific Highway, which was carrying automobiles, hit the fendering system of the bridges north support tower while en route to Benicia....

State Finds Funds For New Bridge - 11/23/2004
ASPEN - Construction of a new Maroon Creek bridge could be under way next spring, thanks to Thursday's state approval of $10.4 million to construct the span....

Passengers Stop Bus From Falling Off Bridge - 11/23/2004
FLORIDA - Passengers had to stop a charter bus from plunging nearly 200 feet off the Sunshine Skyway bridge after the driver apparently had a fatal heart attack and collapsed....

The Collapsed Mungo Bridge And Anglophone Neglect - 11/23/2004
CAMEROON - Most Cameroonians especially those who regularly crossed the Mungo Bridge are yet to come to terms with the dramatic collapse of this historic crossing point between the two Cameroons. The regime in Yaounde is even most embarrassed because the physical collapse of the bridge is bound to trigger off the Anglophone problem…...

State Engineers Unveil Four New Bridge Construction Alternatives - 11/23/2004
WEST VIRGINIA - Six engineers up from Charleston discussed a dozen easels displaying detailed architectural designs for public examination and comment for three hours Thursday afternoon - as the state Department of Highways held yet another "informational public workshop" on evolving plans to fix the historic and weary Memorial Bridge across the Potomac into Keyser....

Big Dig Underground Highway Springs Leaks - 11/23/2004
BOSTON - In a burgeoning political and engineering scandal, Boston's gleaming new underground Interstate 93 highway is riddled with hundreds of leaks. And the builders may have known about serious flaws in the $14.6 billion project as early as 1997....

Bridge-girder Project At I-70, C-470 Canceled Until Spring - 11/23/2004
COLORADO - The bridge project required major closures of I-70 throughout the weekend, and officials were concerned that possible winter- weather conditions could disrupt the detour of travelers on U.S. 40 around the closed interstate, said Stacey Stegman, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation....

Bridges Of Linguini Face Crushing Competition - 11/23/2004
MARTHA'S VINEYARD - Monday morning, regional high school students gathered in the Performing Arts Center to watch their colleagues test the power of three ingredients: ingenuity, linguini and Elmer's glue....

Federal Cash Ok'd For Bridges In County - 11/17/2004
WASHINGTON - Bill Pierce, local programs engineer for the Department of Transportation, said it was crucial to begin obtaining permits for the three bridges though construction on the two smaller jobs is not scheduled until summer 2007 and the Salmon Creek crossing won't start until 2008....

Britain To Construct P100-m Bridge In Sibugay - 11/17/2004
ZAMBOANGA CITY - The construction work on the P100-million steel bridge that would connect Zamboanga Sibugay’s three-island municipalities on Olutanga Island will commence early next year....

Rpi Lab Shakes Out Truth About Tremors - 11/17/2004
TROY - On Monday, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute threw open the giant steel door to its earthquake simulator, recently updated with $3 million in federal grants. RPI is now one of 15 campuses nationwide working together to set better seismic-engineering standards....

Couple Dangle Off Bridge After Wreck (photo) - 11/17/2004
NORTH CAROLINA - Trailer-hitch connection prevents vehicle carrying 2 King residents from falling onto 4-lane highway...

A Bridge To The Future - 11/17/2004
WASHINGTON - The city wants a new overpass across I-90, and the state's department of transportation wants to build one. That is one of the few things both entities have agreed on....

Narrow Bridge Lacks Divider To Stop Crossover Crashes - 11/17/2004
ST. LOUIS - The 53-year-old Martin Luther King Bridge has had its share of deadly accidents, with at least 18 people dying in wrecks since it opened as the East St. Louis Veterans Memorial Bridge in 1951....

Dot Restarts Plans For U.s. 17 Widening - 11/17/2004
SOUTH CAROLINA - To restart the process, Department of Transportation officials want to hear from the public at meetings Monday and Tuesday in northern Beaufort County and Walterboro....

Bay Bridge Team Puts On Thinking Cap - 11/17/2004
OAKLAND - The panel of engineers and architects that picked the Bay Bridge is reconvening, in private, Monday -- suggesting that California may be going back to the drawing board with the troubled span....

Transportation Minister Responds To Port Mann Flak - 11/17/2004
CANADA - Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon is undaunted by opposition to his plans to twin the Port Mann Bridge and widen Highway 1 and says critics of the projects don't understand the impact congestion has on the lives of Lower Mainland residents....

Earthquake Simulation Network Launched - 11/17/2004
DAVIS, CA - The University of California, Davis', Center for Geotechnical Modeling joins a national effort in earthquake simulation with the launch of the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) today, Nov. 15....

Travel Wise: Golden Gate Bridge - 11/17/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Parking on the San Francisco side: Going north on Highway 101, take the last San Francisco exit just...

Preservation Outlook Dim For Historic Bridge - 11/17/2004
MICHIGAN - York Township residents trying to save a historic timber bridge on Judd Road were told Monday that safety comes before beauty....

Bridge, Museum Get $5 Million Boost - 11/17/2004
BILOXI - The Mississippi Department of Transportation distributed more than $5 million in federal and state money Tuesday for two big Biloxi projects: a wider Popp's Ferry Bridge and a new Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art....

Highway Design Begins - 11/17/2004
IDAHO - U.S. Highway 95 will become a full-scale freeway virtually all the way from Sandpoint to Coeur d'Alene, under the state's long-term plans, and the only questions now are where the roadway should go and where to put the interchanges....

Bridge Proposal Mixes Old, New - 11/17/2004
NEW JERSEY - After four months of studying the structural deficiencies of the Jacobs Creek Bridge, a task force has recommended it be sliced down the middle, widened, heightened and shored up to make it bigger and stronger....

No Money To Replace O-k Allen Bridge But Still On Drawing Board - 11/17/2004
ALEXANDRIA - Although it's rated obsolete, state bridge builders in a meeting yesterday couldn't find much of the money needed to replace the O-K Allen Bridge....

Quick Bridge Replacement Stirs Idea - 11/17/2004
NEW JERSEY - Heralding the speedy completion of a new bridge on N.J. Route 70 to replace the one that washed away in July's floods, state Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere yesterday hinted that other projects also would be fast-tracked....

Tsunami Simulation - 11/17/2004
OREGON - The lab is the largest of its kind in the world, and allows scientists around the world to watch simulations over the Internet. Researchers on Monday broadcast the demonstration and results to NOAA scientists in Washington, D.C....

Young Pushes For Passage Of Highway Bill - 11/17/2004
DC - Negotiators are trying to work out differences in a national highway bill so Congress can pass it during a short lame-duck session next week, but no breakthroughs have been reached yet....

Homeless Man Charged In Fatal Shooting - 11/17/2004
NEW YORK - When the painters showed up to work on a Queens overpass this week, they found a homeless man living beneath the span. On the first day, they gave the man a dollar; the next day, they handed him a sandwich. On the third day, he repaid their kindness by pulling a .45-caliber handgun and fatally shooting one of them...

Girder Collapse Case Settled - 11/17/2004
DENVER - The state of Colorado and contractors involved the fatal collapse of a bridge girder at C-470 and Interstate 70 have agreed to pay the families of those killed in the accident $1.5 million....

Pm Khai Officially Opens Longest Bridge In Central Region To Traffic - 11/17/2004
VIETNAM - At a ceremony in Phu Yen Province on Wednesday Khai said the 1.5km Da Rang bridge would help the provinces in the region implement socio-economic development programmes....

Quake Simulation Opens New Science Network - 11/17/2004
BERKELEY - Witnesses saw the machine press down on the top of the column with unrelenting force. Bits of concrete crumbled and fell. The steel bands that held the column together began to burst....

Odot Updates Region's Road Projects - 11/17/2004
OREGON - The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT is continuing to invest in Oregon's future with roadway improvement projects throughout Oregon's central region...

Clean-up Continues On San Gergorio Creek - 11/17/2004
CALIFORNIA - The driver of the two-axle truck was delivering a load of gravel to 7165 La Honda Road, east of Troutmear property, when at about 8:50 a.m. the privately owned wooden bridge that leads to the residence caved....

Funding For Long Wharf Is Threatened - 11/17/2004
YALE - The city's $34 million plan to build a waterfront park at Long Wharf was cast into doubt Sunday, when the Federal Highway Administration announced the project might not be eligible for an expected 80-percent reimbursement....

Ruling Coming Soon On Indian Burial Site That Halted Bridge Work - 11/9/2004
SEATTLE - The Federal Highway Administration could decide in the next few weeks how much longer to continue the archaeological study of an old Indian village site....

Louisiana Says Weak Bridge A Threat To U.s. Energy Supply - 11/9/2004
LOUISIANA - The port is asking for a $170 million federal loan to get construction started on a 73-foot-high bridge and 16-foot-high elevated highway from a point just south of the last levee out to the port....

3 Others Barely Eluded Fatal Landslide - 11/9/2004
JAPAN - The 2-year-old boy entombed for 92 hours before being ``miraculously'' rescued from an earthquake-triggered landslide here was not the only individual to have had the narrowest of escapes....

Voters Willing To Pay To Upgrade Transit - 11/9/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Transportation fared well at the ballot box Tuesday as Bay Area voters passed three, possibly four, out of five county sales tax measures to fund highway and transit improvements, a property tax increase to bolster BART against a major earthquake and a parcel tax to help AC Transit maintain service....

Bridge Out... Business Down - 11/9/2004
MICHIGAN - A major link between Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula is gone for the next year....

Bureau County Takes On Bridge Project - 11/9/2004
ILLINOIS - The Bureau County Highway Department is currently in the design phase of building a new covered bridge just west of Princeton to replace the century-old Captain Swift Bridge....

Troopers Seek Bridge Basher - 11/9/2004
ALASKA - State officials believe a truck carrying a high load of construction equipment slammed into crosspieces of the Johnson River Bridge near Dot Lake, a community of 33 about 50 miles northwest of Tok....

Minister Stands By His Plan - 11/9/2004
CANADA - B.C. Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon is undaunted by opposition to his plans to twin the Port Mann Bridge and widen Highway 1 and says critics of the projects don't understand the impact congestion has on the lives of Lower Mainland residents....

Fitting Of Bridge Girders Stall Carcar Town Traffic - 11/9/2004
CEBU - Nilda Ravina, vice president for administration of the Aboitiz Construction Group made the clarification after being told of complaints from motorists early this month. Cebu First District Rep. Eduardo Gullas said he has been receiving complaints from motorists on delays when passing through connecting points from Carcar to Cebu City....

Buffalo Bridge: Worthwhile Art Or Waste Of Money? - 11/9/2004
KANSAS - A Lawrence artist trying to gussy up the aesthetically challenged ribbon of Interstate 70 that slices like a canyon through the middle of this city is taking some whacks from the locals....

Bridges Link Memories, Dreams - 11/9/2004
CHARLESTON - From his perch more than 100 feet in the sky, 93-year-old George MacMurphy had the perfect view of what he had traveled the morning to take in: His first look at the new Cooper River bridge, the spectacular suspension bridge beginning to redefine the Holy City’s skyline. And a last look at the Grace Memorial Bridge, the iconic cantilever steel structure he helped build 76 years ago....

Old Bridge In East View To Be Closed Permanently - 11/9/2004
WAYNESBURG, PA - The span, which crosses Ten Mile Creek, was completely submerged during the Sept. 17 flood. The damage it sustained made the structure unsafe, and the township engineer, Widmer Engineering, recommended its closure....

National Center For Bridge, Highway And Rapid Transit Technologies To Be Based In Pittsburgh - 11/9/2004
PITTSBURGH - In an effort to establish Pittsburgh as a hub for the commercial development of new transportation technologies, local elected and economic development officials announced the formation Monday of the National Center for Bridge, Highway and Rapid Transit Technologies....

Ministry Of Communications: One Hundred Bridges Across Yangtze River By 2020 - 11/9/2004
SHANGHAI - Feng Maorun, the Chief Engineer of the Ministry of Communications, declared that there would be one hundred bridges across the Yangtze River by 2020, in line with the three-phase target set by the ministry to "reduce the current intensity of traffic by 2010, meet overall demand from social and economic developments by 2020 and achieve the modernization of traffic by 2050'....

Go-ahead For Bypass - 11/9/2004
UK - THE NEWS Barnstaple has been waiting 20 years for came through yesterday (Tuesday) morning - final approval and finance for the town's Western Bypass and Downstream Bridge....

W.va. Highways, Bridges rate Low In Survey - 11/9/2004
WEST VIRGINIA - West Virginia could reduce its highway fatality rate by one-third by widening roads and medians and improving intersections, an analysis by The Road Information Program shows....

Odot Presents Van Buren Bridge Options - 11/9/2004
OREGON - State transportation officials presented five proposals for replacing the Van Buren Bridge on Monday evening, and four of them involved keeping the original bridge where it is....

Taking A Bold Look At Downtown Vancouver - 11/9/2004
VANCOUVER - Consultants have discussed placing the railroad in a trench as part of building a new or expanded bridge spanning the Columbia River to ease I-5 congestion. With the railroad lowered, ramps leading to the bridge might not have to be so high, thereby saving construction dollars and allowing that money to pay for the railroad work....

Family Files Lawsuit After Housatonic River Crane Mishap - 11/3/2004
ALABAMA - The family of an Alabama construction worker killed in a crane accident in the Housatonic River last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit....

Manager Says Bridge Project Is Progressing - 11/3/2004
CALIFORNIA - Delays in construction of the new Benicia Bridge may have residents thinking there is little progress being made....

City Plans Magnolia Bridge Replacement But Lacks Money To Build - 11/3/2004
SEATTLE - The 75-year-old bridge was damaged by a landslide in 1997 and by the Nisqually Quake in 2001 and had to be shut down for months for repairs in each case...

Interactive Design Systems Announces Mc3d Bridge Construction Software - 11/3/2004
SAN DIEGO - Interactive Design Systems (IDS) today announced general availability of its new MC3D software package that enables bridge builders to control the geometry of segmental bridges constructed of pre-stressed concrete....

Kangaroo Bridge Leaps Cost Estimates - 11/3/2004
AUSTRALIA - A MULTIMILLION-dollar bridge built especially for kangaroos and wallabies will cost more than the roadway the bridge will span....

Bridge Over Forbes Avenue Will Be Replaced - 11/3/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will replace the old Boulevard of the Allies bridge over Forbes Avenue for safety reasons. Community groups, the universities and the city, have been working with PennDOT to develop a design....

U.s. Dot Grant To Help Fund New Bridge In Center City, Minnesota - 11/3/2004
MINNESOTA - A new $400,000 Federal Highway Administration grant will help replace a bridge over Center Lake Channel in Center City, MN, and expedite construction time, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta....

La. Seeks New Bridge, Elevated Highway - 11/3/2004
LOUISIANA - If you think oil is expensive now, just imagine if Hurricane Ivan had swung west and come ashore at this bustling oil and gas port at the southernmost point of Louisiana....

Extending The Age Of Bridges - 11/3/2004
JAKARTA - Jakarta and other big cities continue to build more underpasses, flyovers and toll roads in a bid to overcome the worsening traffic jams caused by the increasing number of vehicles in Jakarta while public transportation remains unsatisfactory. More toll roads are being built in Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan....

California Construction Volume Up - 11/3/2004
CALIFORNIA - For the second straight month, heavy construction continued to keep California's total statewide construction volume on the plus side in September totaling $6.67 billion, up 0.6 percent from August and up 15.9 percent from September 2003, according to figures released Friday by the Construction Industry Research Board...

Engineer Who Revolutionised Bridges Recalled In Book - 11/3/2004
SCOTLAND - On Tour With Thomas Telford, by Chris Morris, celebrates the Scottish-born engineer’s road, canal and bridge-building exploits in the UK and across Europe....

Bridge Blowout - 11/3/2004
AUSTRALIA - An obvious blowout is how Mayor Keith Pickstone described the affect of unexpected pylon work on Molesworth Street bridge in last week's ordinary council meeting....

Tunnel, Tolls Among Ideas To Cut Gridlock - 11/3/2004
SACRAMENTO - Those are among $3.4 billion in ideas unveiled last week by county transportation planners, the result of two years of brainstorming ways to reduce congestion on the county's most crowded major streets....

Autoscope To Be First Highway Incident Detection System In Slovenia - 11/3/2004
SLOVENIA - Autoscope Solo(R) Pro video vehicle detection systems for a section of highway on A1 motorway in Slovenia. The highway connects Ljubljana to Trojane and passes over the highest bridge in Europe. This will be the first highway incident detection system in Slovenia....

State Acts On Missing Bridge Bolts - 11/3/2004
MASSACHUSETTS - The Massachusetts Highway Department has directed workers to conduct daily inspections of the pedestrian walkway on the temporary Fore River bridge after it was discovered that some bolts holding parts of the pathway to its supporting structure were missing or loose....

Parliament Adopts Report For Construction Of Steel Bridges - 11/3/2004
GHANA - Parliament on Monday adopted the Finance Committee's report on a buyer's credit agreement, which would assist in the construction of 91 steel bridges throughout the country in the next three years....

Alternatives Outlined For Highway 4 - 11/3/2004
NEBRASKA - The Nebraska Department of Roads is seeking input from residents about the relocation of Nebraska Highway 4....

Higher Prices In U.s. Have Roots In China - 11/3/2004
SAN JOSE - Motorists are paying more for gasoline. Contractors are forking out more for cement. Taxpayers may get a bigger bill for the new span of the Bay Bridge....

Icy Bridge Causes 25-car Pileup - 11/3/2004
FLAGSTAFF - A 25-vehicle pileup on an ice-laden freeway interchange bridge in Flagstaff sent 19 people to the hospital Friday morning...

Coming Repair Work Will Make Bridge Sturdier - 11/3/2004
CHINCOTEAGUE - Until a new bridge can be built, reinforcements will be placed underneath the Black Narrows Bridge early next year to maintain legal load limits and support the aged structure, said Will Cumming, resident engineer for the Department of Transportation's Accomac office....

The Troll Under The Bridge - 11/3/2004
DETROIT - Between Detroit and Windsor, Ont., at the river's narrowest point, lies a ribbon of reinforced concrete roadway, 47 feet wide and less than 2 miles long, laid on suspended steel joists:the Ambassador Bridge. At 75 years old the Ambassador is out-of-date, its four lanes too narrow and its approach too steep, but none of the 130 other crossings to Canada is so perfectly placed. For tractor-trailers, the closest bridge is two hours out of the way. They haul $100 billion of goods across the Ambassador every year--a quarter of the $400 billion in total trade with Canada; 40% of all truck shipments from the U.S. to points north cross this span....

Washout Damages Building, Swallows Crane - 11/3/2004
KANSAS - A water main break next to the historic Murdock Avenue bridge early this morning washed away soil next to the bridge, buckling a corner of the Wingate Plaza building and sending a 60-ton crane plunging into the resulting crevasse....

Bilfinger To Miss Forecast After U.S. Bridge Collapse - 10/26/2004
GERMANY - Bilfinger Berger AG, Germany's second- largest builder, said it will miss its full-year earnings target after an accident involving a bridge that it's building in the eastern U.S. The stock had its steepest drop in two years...

Swedish Construction Giant Skanska Receives Contract Worth $138 Million To Help Renovate Manhattan Bridge - 10/26/2004
STOCKHOLM - Under the terms of the deal, Skanska will refurbish and reinforce part of the bridge's structure, including steel and concrete work. It will also repave and paint the bridge and install signal systems and a fire standpipe...

Progress Made Toward New Bridge - 10/26/2004
NEVADA - Dave Lords, president of Laughlin Ranch, met with part of the team needed to get his proposed bridge across the Colorado River off the ground last week....

Stretch Bid Over Budget - 10/26/2004
FLORIDA - Rebuilding Jewfish Creek Bridge and U.S. 1 between Florida City and Key Largo appears to be significantly more expensive than budgeted, a state Department of Transportation bid document shows....

Bridge Authority To Launch Major Capital Improvement Program - 10/26/2004
NEW YORK - Over the next five years, the New York State Bridge Authority plans to spend $79 million in preventative maintenance, facility improvements and engineering research. The authority’s board approved the plan yesterday....

Tanker Burned - 10/26/2004
ATLANTA - The fiery wreck partially melted a bridge and could result in months of traffic problems while the overpass is demolished and replaced....

Chairman: Panel Conducting 'intense Examination' Of Bay Bridge Repairs - 10/26/2004
HANOVER, MD. - The head of a committee investigating what went wrong with resurfacing work on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge said Thursday he's confident the project's engineers and consultants are answering questions frankly and openly....

Bridges Crumble As Repair Funds Erode - 10/26/2004
CHICAGO - One early weekday morning this summer, chunks of concrete the size of basketballs fell from the 33rd Street bridge onto the southbound Dan Ryan Expy., causing a rash of tire blowouts as drivers hit the debris, but no injuries....

Composite Drawbridge Deck Installed In Oregon - October 2004 - 10/26/2004
OREGON - Martin Marietta Composites Inc. (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.) recently produced a composite deck for the Broadway Bridge in Portland, Ore., U.S.A., the seventh longest bascule bridge in the world....

Halfway Home - 10/26/2004
TACOMA - Standing alongside the Tacoma Narrows and squinting just right across the water, it is possible to visualize the new mile-long suspension bridge that will one day cross here....

2nd Truss Crane Fails, Raising New Doubts On Bridge Finish Date - 10/26/2004
TOLEDO - A telescoping leg fell off the I-280 Maumee River Crossing project’s surviving truss crane yesterday, throwing the $220 million bridge’s completion date into renewed uncertainty....

Polymer Bridges Slowly Making Inroads In Niche Markets - 10/26/2004
DAYTON, OHIO - Bridges made with fiber-reinforced plastic are having success in niche markets that appreciate the quick installation, long life and corrosion resistance....

The Mother Of All Bridges - 10/26/2004
FRANCE - The world's longest and highest viaduct opens in December. The locals hope it will be their Eiffel tower...

Jerusalem's Calatrava Bridge Cost Rises By Over Nis 70m - 10/26/2004
JERUSALEM - Sources inform “Globes” that the cost of the bridge designed by architect Santiago Calatrava for the Jerusalem light rail has risen by least NIS 70 million. Moria Jerusalem Development Company Ltd., which is managing the project, will publish a revised tender for the bridge at the western entrance to the city....

Contractors Reject Bid-rigging Charges Over Bridge Construction - 10/26/2004
JAPAN - Twenty-three Japanese construction firms have denied an allegation that they rigged bids for bridge construction orders from central and local governments, refusing to accept the Fair Trade Commission's earlier order for them to stop the practice, industry sources said Tuesday....

Traffic Accident Causes Bridge To Collapse Killing Two Outside Moscow - 10/26/2004
MOSCOW - A bridge partially collapsed on Leningradskoye Shosse north of Moscow at about 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday when a Kamaz truck slammed into a car before colliding with a pier supporting the bridge....

Funding Coming In For Richland Bridge Projects - 10/26/2004
NORTH DAKOTA - The Richland County Highway Department met with the North Dakota Department of Transportation on Oct. 4 and proposed projects for federal funding....

State Rejects Request To Speed Bridge Design - 10/26/2004
BOSTON - The state Highway Department has rejected Norwell's request to expedite the design for a new Union Street bridge and help the town avoid costly interim repairs....

Pile Smashes Into Hurricane Barrier Foot Bridge - 10/26/2004
PROVIDENCE - Crews were building a work platform for construction of a new Providence River bridge when a 100-foot-long cylinder slipped from a pile driver. The pile smashed into the foot bridge over the barrier....

Busy Hurricane Season Delays Bridge Construction - 10/26/2004
CHARLESTON - Transportation Department officials say the busiest hurricane season in years has delayed construction of the most expensive bridge in South Carolina by two weeks....

Quake-damaged Bart Would Lead To Highway Chaos - 10/26/2004
BERKELEY - A study by a UC Berkeley researcher revealed Thursday that if BART suffered major damage during an earthquake and had to be shut down it would trigger chaos on local roadways with 25-mile backups and common everyday commutes that would grow from less than an hour to more than three hours....

Help For The Sanibel Causeway Is Arriving Soon - 10/26/2004
FLORIDA - Nothing is so bad that it can't be made better. If you don't believe that, life is unbearable. If you just wish hard enough, you will be chosen for an "extreme makeover" show, along with your house, and will live happily ever after, even if you are divorced by your bewildered spouse and shunned by your jealous neighbors. All right, so "better" isn't always perfect....

Ivan Taught Lessons On Beachfront Construction - 10/26/2004
MOBILE, AL - A beach erosion expert says Hurricane Ivan taught some hard lessons about beachfront construction....

Getting Around: Penndot Won't Save Much By Rebidding Interstate Work - 10/26/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - So when a $106 million low bid was submitted to upgrade the 5.5 miles between Bridgeville and the Parkway West, what did PennDOT do? It rejected the bids, saying it can't afford to go first-class on a stretch of major highway more than 30 years old and carrying 100,000 vehicles a day, at least 12 percent of them big trucks....

Loma Prieta Quake Repairs Come Slowly - 10/26/2004
OAKLAND - The memories of destruction and suffering are indelible 15 years later. The pancaked Cypress Freeway and the trapped rush-hour motorists. The collapsed section of the Bay Bridge. Apartments in San Francisco's Marina District, crumpled and burning. Sixty-three people killed....

5 Killed At Bridge Construction Site In Tibet - 10/26/2004
TIBET - The accident occurred at around 8 a.m. Sunday when a supporting wall to Nujiang Bridge, under construction, on Yuxi Highway in Qamdo Prefecture suddenly collapsed, killing five workers at the scene and injuring two others....

Citizens Hope To Halt New Bridge - 10/12/2004
MARIETTA - Citizens opposed to a new bridge across the Muskingum River north of Marietta have launched a petition campaign in hopes of showing county officials that not everyone is in favor of the project....

Construction Site Accident Investigation - 10/12/2004
CAROLINA - The accident happened at the bridge at 296 and Reidville Road in Spartanburg. Forty-one year old Preston Barner fell off the bridge into the median below, about a 20-25 foot drop. He’s in critical condition and his family and OSHA are hoping to get their questions answered....

Guilty Plea From Bridge Builder - 10/12/2004
NORTH CAROLINA - The project manager for the company that built the 5.2-mile Virginia Dare Bridge over Croatan Sound in Dare County pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal charges of violating federal environmental laws during work on the bridge....

Ten Mile Bridge To Be Replaced - 10/12/2004
CALIFORNIA - Residents got a first look at Caltrans proposed plans for the replacement of the Ten mile River bridge at public presentation in Town Hall last month. Resident Engineer Guy Preston was on hand to answer questions and address concerns about the proposed project, scheduled to last two to four years, starting in spring of 2006....

Designing Bay Bridge Twice - 10/12/2004
SACRAMENTO - Key advisers to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger say the state should prepare to abandon the unique design planned for the Bay Bridge's new eastern span....

Penndot To Delay Bridge Repair Projects - 10/12/2004
CARNEGIE - State transportation officials will delay repairs to about a dozen bridges along Interstate 79 for about two years so they can scrounge enough money to redo a six-mile stretch of the well-traveled highway south of Pittsburgh....

Half Of Chesapeake Bay Bridge Construction Must Be Redone - 10/12/2004
MARYLAND - Thomas Osborne, executive secretary of the Maryland Transportation Authority, has resigned amid a probe into why more than half of the resurfacing work on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has to be redone...

Hoover Dam Span Gets High Bids - 10/12/2004
NEVADA - Tokyo-based joint venture is the apparent low bidder for construction of the centerpiece of the Federal Highway Administration’s Hoover Dam Bridge project. Obayashi Corp. and P.S. Mitsubishi Construction Co. Ltd., beat three other teams with a $114-million low bid for the 1,905-ft-long single-arch bridge to be built 1,500 ft downstream from the dam....

520 Bridge Ideas Discussed - 10/12/2004
SEATTLE - A more concrete picture emerged yesterday of what a new Evergreen Point Bridge across Lake Washington might look like, how it would be built and what it might cost in money and disruption of nearby neighborhoods....

Bay Bridge Costs Could Force Design Change state Officials Are Told To Consider New Plan For Span - 10/12/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Bridge-building experts advised state transportation officials in April that the cost of the single-tower suspension span would soar past Caltrans estimates and urged them to cut costs by considering a different design....

World Steel Bridge Symposium - 10/12/2004
FLORIDA - We look forward to seeing you in Orlando, Florida, November 29 thru December 3, 2005 for the 2005 World Steel Bridge Symposium....

Appleton Council Oks Bridge Deal - 10/12/2004
WISCONSIN - The deal with the state Department of Transportation requires Appleton to pay $654,000 toward the estimated $6,540,000 in construction costs to replace the existing two-lane bridge in 2008....

Bridge Project A Sign Of More Good Things To Come, Says Syed Hamid - 10/12/2004
PUTRAJAYA - Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar Tuesday described the proposed construction of the Bukit Bunga-Buketa bridge linking Malaysia and Thailand as an indication of the commitment by both governments to bring development to the people in the area....

Marys River Bridge Damaged - 10/12/2004
OREGON - A truck carrying an oversized load hit the Marys River Bridge in south Corvallis around 10:30 a.m. Friday, buckling two lateral support beams and damaging most of the overhead crossbraces....

Power, Highway Infrastructure Projects Go To Coastal Commission - 10/12/2004
CALIFORNIA - The California Coastal Commission's staff is recommending the board approve a Caltrans application to build a new U.S. Highway 101 bridge over the Van Duzen River....

Deadline For Bridge Choice Looms - 10/12/2004
HOLLAND - A debate on whether to replace the River Avenue bridge with one or two spans might not be resolved Monday, but a decision will have to be made soon if the construction is to begin next summer....

5 Trapped In Sr 528 Bridge Collapse - 10/12/2004
FLORIDA - They were in a cage of reinforced steel, which is a frame for a pier on the bridge. There was one worker inside the cage, and four others on top of it, when it fell about 50 feet, police said....

Fuel Tax May Someday Give Way To Fee System - 10/12/2004
ST LOUIS - Researchers are developing a system that will replace the fuel tax with a fee based on the number of miles motorists drive. Missouri is one of 15 states along with the Federal Highway Administration that funded this study....

Parsons Team Opens Hurricane-damaged I-10 Bridge; Florida Bridge Repair Finished Ahead Of Schedule - 10/12/2004
PASADENA - A team of bridge experts including Parsons, a worldwide leader in bridge design, recently completed the first phase of emergency repairs to the I-10 bridge across Escambia Bay in Pensacola, Florida, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Ivan. This first phase was to restore traffic on the westbound bridge; the second phase of the project will restore traffic on the eastbound bridge....

Archaeological Dig Delays Work On Hood Canal Bridge - 10/12/2004
WASHINGTON - State Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald said the amount of archaeological items being found makes state officials wonder if they can make their 2007 replacement date....

Lincoln Avenue Bridge Over I-25 Hit (photo) - 10/12/2004
DENVER - A truck carrying a large forklift hit the Lincoln Avenue bridge over Interstate 25 Monday morning, injuring two people and causing minor damage to the bridge....

Driver Killed After Truck Jumps Bridge - 10/12/2004
ARKANSAS - Andrew H. Forister, 62, of Highway 385 in Searcy, traveling westbound on Velvet Ridge Road, was killed when the truck he was driving ran over the side of a bridge spanning Glaise Creek and landed upside down on the creek bottom, according to a White County Sheriff's report....

Bridge Collapses, Workers Dropped Into River - 10/12/2004
CALGARY - Two construction workers were plunged into the Bow River Thursday afternoon when the bridge they were on collapsed....

Alternate Route Project Celebrates Fifth Anniversary - 10/5/2004
OLYMPIA - On this day five years ago, WSDOT began sharing its software under the terms of an open source software license, and the Alternate Route Project was born. Today, after nearly 30,000 downloads, WSDOT is publishing updates for several of its bridge engineering programs and the announcement of a new software tool....

Resurrecting The Lincoln Highway--bridging The Carquinez Gap - 10/5/2004
CALIFORNIA - The aging, worn-out bridge that spans the Carquinez Strait looks like something assembled out of an Erector set. It has been closed since November 2003. There's been no need for it since a graceful suspension bridge resembling the Golden Gate opened nearby. Yet that historic bridge targeted for demolition will reopen in a few months....

30-foot Freeway Fall Haunts Victims - 10/5/2004
DETROIT - Steven Kenworthy can't remember exactly what happened to him along a Detroit freeway overpass, but his nightmares won't quite let him forget....

Bridge Reopens After Minor Hitch - 10/5/2004
UK - Gateshead's £22m Millennium Bridge is set to reopen following repairs after a £200 circuit board burned out....

Asia's Longest Bridge To Go Broad Gauge: - 10/5/2004
INDIA - Asia's longest bridge, the Pamban Bridge which joins the town of Rameshwaram to the Indian mainland is all set to be converted to a broad gauge rail track....

Al Mafraq Bridge Is ‘developing Cracks' - 10/5/2004
UAE - The 25-year-old Al Mafraq Bridge that connects Abu Dhabi with Al Ain risks developing cracks and collapsing....

What's The Best Design? - 10/5/2004
KENTUCKIANA - Your appointed task — as requested in my column several weeks ago — was to offer design suggestions for the two new bridges across the Ohio River....

Voters Asked To Raise Sales Tax For Traffic Relief - 10/5/2004
CALIFORNIA - Measure M would raise $470 million for 101 widening, local streets and commuter rail...

Japan Raids 40 Steel, Engineering Firms - 10/5/2004
JAPAN - Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) searched the offices of 40 top steelmakers and heavy machinery companies for suspected bid-rigging, in one of the most high-profile raids conducted by the regulatory watchdog this year....

States Bolster Bridges For Future Quake - 10/5/2004
ST LOUIS - Scientists say that the St. Louis area is due - maybe even overdue - for a significant earthquake. At the very least, they say there's a 1-in-10 chance a strong earthquake will hit the region in the next 50 years....

I-10 Bridge In Pensacola Re-opens After Collapse - 10/5/2004
FLORIDA - Storm surge associated with Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 16 knocked 58 spans off the eastbound and westbound bridges and misaligned another 66 spans....

State Rejects Bridge Bid bay Span To Be Rebid Or Redesigned - 10/5/2004
CALEEFORNIA - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, betting that new bids or a different design for the new Bay Bridge will save hundreds of millions of dollars and won't cause further delays, rejected on Thursday what Bay Area leaders had considered the best chance of getting the span built before the next big earthquake....

Steinway Bridge Collapse Hurting Biz, Owners Say - 10/5/2004
ASTORIA - The Steinway Street overpass collapse in July only injured one man, but nearby shopkeepers say it had a much bigger victim: the local economy....

Body Of Logging Truck Driver Found After Tues. Mt. Carmel Bridge Collapse - 10/5/2004
SOUTH CAROLINA - Officials say storm debris from the remnants of Hurricane Jeanne apparently stacked against the bridge's support piles in the 20-foot-deep water and may have led to its collapse....

Bay Bridge - 9/28/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Unanimous and reluctant, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission concluded Wednesday that there can be no turning back from its decision six years ago to crown the new Bay Bridge with a fancy tower....

Seawater Infiltrated Concrete At Hix Bridge - 9/28/2004
WESTPORT - Mr. Rodrigues said the state handed Steven & Roger, the construction firm, a cease and desist order when it noticed the problem last spring. An engineering firm did borings of the concrete pilings and wrote up a report on the results. Mr. Rodrigues said the final report was "the size of a phone book." He told selectmen that Mass Highway and the design engineers are now reviewing the report and must sign off on it before work can continue....

Simple Design Sets Belleair Bridges Apart - 9/28/2004
FLORIDA - As plans moved forward to build new Belleair Causeway bridges, residents were reading about several cracked columns during construction of Clearwater's Memorial Causeway bridge that will delay completion by 17 months and add as much as $10 million to the total cost....

How The Bay Bridge's Cost Went Through The Roof - 9/28/2004
CA - Think of the Bay Bridge as a house and the Loma Prieta earthquake as a big storm that damaged it. Doing so will make understanding the $5 billion reconstruction a little easier -- especially when five zeros are dropped: $100 million of bridge money becomes $1,000 in roof money....

Bay Bridge Seismic Upgrade Bonds Downgraded - 9/28/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - The project to retrofit the Bay Bridge, already plagued by cost overruns, received another blow this week when bonds being sold to finance the construction were downgraded....

Bridge Builders - 9/28/2004
NORTH DAKOTA - ­ Lawrence Robinson keeps a watchful eye as he moves a load with the giant crane he operates here on the waterfront for the construction of the new Four Bears Bridge. From his cab, Robinson has a great view of the construction going on here on land along the west shore of Lake Sakakawea, and on the water....

Mawa-janjira Site Has Finally Been Selected For Construction Of Padma Bridge,the Largest Bridge Of The Country, - 9/28/2004
BANGLADESH - The JICA Feasibility Study Team has also estimated that around Tk 70 billion will require for the construction of 6.01-km long and 25-meter wide Padma Bridge over a period of 54 months...

Oregon's Big Bridge Job Starts In Klamath County - 9/28/2004
OREGON - The work is the start of a $1.7 billion, decade-long project throughout Oregon to strengthen cracking and crumbling highway bridges so they can handle heavy trucks....

A Bridge From The Past Rotarians Will Turn Old Abutment To Historical Park - 9/28/2004
JEFFERSON CITY - The Rotary Centennial Park is designed to create a welcoming atmosphere at the crude remnant of the Capitol's first Missouri River bridge....

Broken Weld Causes Commotion At Bridge - 9/28/2004
MASSACHUSETTS - A massive new crane being used to hoist support beams for the new South Street Bridge suffered a malfunction last Thursday, which caused quite a big bang in the neighborhood....

Kauai Gets Money For New Bridge - 9/28/2004
KAUAI - A million dollar appropriation is included in an emergency proclamation signed by Governor Lingle....

Bay Bridges Safe, But Only To A Point - 9/28/2004
FLORIDA - In the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, the twin spans of Interstate 10 across Escambia Bay near Pensacola resembled a mouthful of bad teeth, all gaps and snaggles....

Fourth Odot Inspector Charged In Bridge Painting Scam - 9/28/2004
OHIO - A fourth state inspector has been accused of accepting bribes from contractors to overlook poor work in highway bridge-painting projects....

Bay Bridge Faces Deadline In A Week time Running Out On Only Bid To Finish Replacement Span - 9/28/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Time is running out for what Bay Area transportation officials contend is the best, fastest and possibly cheapest way to get a new Bay Bridge built -- accepting the lone bid on the single-tower suspension span....

Calling Engineers To Rebuild Iraq - 9/28/2004
AFRICA - We are looking to encourage young Iraqi Engineers to have a strong connection with the expertise and experience Engineers from the same sector to gain supervison and help in different aspects such as placements and training...

Bay Bridge Paving Flaw A Puzzler - 9/28/2004
MARYLAND - Maryland officials said yesterday that they are baffled about why a special type of concrete used on other bridge projects failed on a recently repaved section of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a problem that could cost $7 million to fix and promises to delay traffic for months....

Last Blast For Old Mississippi River Bridge's Steel Truss Set - 9/28/2004
MISSOURI - The final blast to remove the steel truss of the 76-year-old Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau will be held at 7 a.m. Wednesday, weather permitting, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said Friday....

Bids For New Deer Run Bridge To Be Opened - 9/28/2004
NEVADA - The Nevada Department of Transportation will open bids next week for a project to replace the Deer Run Road bridge over the Carson River...

Man Spotted With Bomb Materials - 9/28/2004
NEW YORK - They pursued Koutosoupakis, 56, when he started running, officials said. He was detained in an area covered with high reeds near the Seagirt Boulevard exit, officials said. The suspect's van was found near the edge of the expressway....

Shortcomings Of Iraqi Guard Highlight Errors In Us Agenda - 9/28/2004
IRAQ - The police outpost here is supposed to house 90 armed members of Iraq's National Guard. Their job is to keep watch over a stretch of six-lane highway, deterring insurgents from laying roadside bombs and trying to blow up a bridge over the nearby Tharthar Canal....

Tikrit Bridge Destroyed By U.s. In '03 Reopens With Fanfare - 9/28/2004
IRAQ - With Apache helicopter gunships careening overhead and a brass band beating out a tune, U.S. and Iraqi officials reopened a major bridge across the Tigris River yesterday, a year and a half after U.S. warplanes destroyed it....

Toppenish Trucker Killed In Florida Bridge Collapse (photo) - 9/21/2004
FLORIDA - Roberto Molina Alvarado's truck had apparently stopped on the Interstate 10 bridge over Escambia Bay in Pensacola when it collapsed Thursday, officials said. Divers found his body Friday in the truck cab, which fell into the water....

List Of Woes Almost As Long As S.f. Bay Bridge - 9/21/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) ordered an audit to explain why a $1.3 billion price tag ballooned to $5.1 billion. He blamed spiraling costs on the San Francisco Bay Area's demand for a graceful new suspension span to match the nearby Golden Gate Bridge....

Dot Declares Barrington Bridge Contractor In Default - 9/21/2004
RHODE ISLAND - The Rhode Island Department of Transportation declared Barrington River bridge contractor Shire Corporation in default on a separate job last week. The move, which came after DOT officials became concerned over whether or not Shire would be able to finish work on the Warren Avenue bridge over Route 195, should not affect demolition and construction in Barrington....

Bridge Completion Contingent On Damage Estimate - 9/21/2004
WESTPORT - Construction was halted in May after state inspectors questioned the strength of the concrete pilings that will support the new bridge. Inspectors noted that the concrete that was poured into casings to make pilings was flaking after the casings were removed....

Truckers To Get Anti-terror Training - 9/21/2004
WASHINGTON - The primary goal of the program, run by the American Trucking Association, is to prevent terror attacks by teaching highway professionals to avoid becoming a target for anyone hoping to use large vehicles or hazardous cargo as a weapon....

I-10 Bridge Collapse Will Slow, But Not Stop Truckers - 9/21/2004
FLORIDA - The collapse of the Interstate-10 bridge during Hurricane Ivan is expected to delay long-distance truckers going in and out of Florida for a long time, but won't stop them....

Hurricanes' Financial Winners And Losers - 9/21/2004
ALABAMA - he massive highway and bridge destruction that occurred in Pensacola, especially along Interstate 10. A bridge at the Alabama-Florida state line was damaged, and most significantly, parts of the eastbound bridge over Escambia Bay collapsed into the water, with damage to the westbound bridge as well....

Halliburton Revived In Campaign, Despite Missing Link - 9/21/2004
FORT WAYNE - No one has presented evidence that Cheney made as much as a phone call on behalf of his former company in the run-up to the war, or since. But Halliburton’s repeated missteps and legal troubles, the surge in its government business, and apparent contradictions in statements by Cheney and other administration officials have kept the issue alive....

New Look For Old Bridge - 9/21/2004
NEW JERSEY - The Bear Mountain Bridge, an icon of the Hudson River Valley and an emblem of automotive high style, has received a new paint job and some fine-tuning in time for its 80th birthday this fall....

Report Highlights Bridge Cracks - 9/21/2004
SOUTH CAROLINA - Unusual cracking on the bridges spanning the Broad and Chechessee rivers could be caused by numerous factors, ranging from construction techniques to the materials used to Lowcountry temperatures, according to an independent report commissioned by the state Department of Transportation....

Bay Bridge Project Gets Dual Audits - 9/21/2004
CALIFORNIA - A former state treasurer was appointed by the governor Thursday to find out why costs for a new Bay Bridge span have soared to more than $5.1 billion, just three weeks after the state auditor's office began its own review of construction overruns....

Bridge Repair Plan Sets - 9/21/2004
CHINA - The city government is planning to renovate or rebuild 98 of the city's dilapidated bridges by the end of this year. The bridges, most found in rural districts are either rundown or not strong enough to hold modern loads, officials of the Shanghai Engineering Administrative Bureau said yesterday....

Freeholders Approve Interim Improvements To Route 524 - 9/21/2004
NEW JERSEY - The intersection of Route 524 and Squankum-Yellowbrook Road is scheduled for major improvements as part of the county’s capital improvement plan. That plan calls for the reconstruction of bridge HL-5, which is on Route 524, just west of the intersection of Route 524 and Squankum-Yellowbrook Road....

Ivan May Have Impact On Transportation - 9/21/2004
FLORIDA - What should have been a 16-hour run from Jackson, Miss., to Miami has turned into a two-day ordeal that includes a three-hour tour of the rural Panhandle town of Milton....

University Of South Carolina Researchers Developing Stronger Bridge-building Materials - 9/21/2004
SOUTH CAROLINA - Assistant professor of engineering Dimitris Rizosand and graduate student Preston Felkel showed off the results of their first test on high-performance steel on Tuesday. The new steel is nearly 50 percent stronger than typical steel....

Bridge Collapse Report Was Lost - 9/21/2004
TEXAS - James Wilson presided over the hearings. He had said within months of the hearings that he finished his report and sent it up the chain of command for review. Now, the former Coast Guard officer says he has no idea what happened to it....

Five Eye Sicilian Bridge Contract - 9/21/2004
SICILY - The 4.6bn euro ($5.6bn; £3.1bn) project is at prequalification stage, with a main contractor expected to be chosen by spring 2005....

State Working On Temporary I-10 Bridge - 9/21/2004
FLORIDA - State officials hope to have a temporary replacement in about 20 days for a damaged Interstate 10 bridge that has shut down a key east-west link to Florida for tourists and critical supplies, state officials said today....

Spaghetti Bridge Takes 5kg Before Collapsing - 9/21/2004
AUSTRALIA - The team of John Panizza, Andrew Richardson and Christie Felber took their spaghetti bridge to the Stirling Centre in Geraldton for the competition, Each entry had to be made of spaghetti and glue and fit across a 500mm gap then loaded with weight until it failed....

Corps Grants Stone Bridge Stay Of Execution - 9/21/2004
TENNESSEE - In August, Bartlett sat on the bridge as a power shovel began to dismantle the bridge. She refused to budge even when a sheriff's deputy arrived. Both she and her mother, Gene Templeton, another bridge sitter, were issued a restraining order preventing them from any similar actions in the future....

I-10 Bridge Over Escambia Bay In Florida Washed Out - 9/21/2004
FLORIDA - Motorists can't drive across Florida's Escambia Bay on Interstate-10 because the bridge is washed out.Hurricane Ivan has destroyed a quarter-mile section of the eastbound section of the bridge. The concrete was pushed up and is now partially in the water. The westbound section is still standing but is damaged....

Bridge Engineers Wanted - 9/14/2004
CALIFORNIA - RBF Consulting, an 800 member civil engineering, planning, and construction services firm, is seeking Bridge Engineers to contribute their talents to an Orange County-based, $400 million design/build project and many other initiatives. Responsibilities include bridge analysis, design and directing preparation of plans. Positions require a BSCE, proficient skills using bridge analysis and design software and either 2+ years of CA bridge design experience or 4+ years of bridge design experience with CA professional registration. Microstation exp. is a plus. RBF offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including matching 401(k), profit sharing and bonus plans. Please visit our website at www.rbf.com...

Romantic Bridge Takes Shape Over The Danube - 9/14/2004
BRATISLAVA - - It's a rare construction site that merits a tourist visit, but a romantic bridge rising above a beautiful stretch of the Danube River is a special exception....

Arch To Be Revitalized With Federal Grant Funds - 9/14/2004
INDIANA - For decades, artists, history buffs and engineers have come to this Carroll County hamlet to see a masterpiece -- the Burnett's Creek Arch....

Fdot Stops Construction Because Of Looming Hurricane - 9/14/2004
FLORIDA - The Florida Department of Transportation has ordered all construction activities on state roads in Northwest Florida to cease until further notice because of Hurricane Ivan's possible impact on Florida....

Bay Area Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Bridge - 9/14/2004
CALIFORNIA - The legislators said they were willing to work with the governor and expected to help cover the overrun, but not alone. They also blasted Schwarzenegger for blaming the extra expense on picky Bay Area politicians who wanted a fancy bridge....

Transportation Releases Funding For West Virginia Highway Projects - 9/14/2004
WEST VIRGINIA - The U.S. Department of Transportation has released $6.5 million for two highway projects in West Virginia, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd said Friday....

Dpwh Assures Jalandoni Bridge Safe - 9/14/2004
MANILA - THE Department of Public Works and Highways assured the Jalandoni bridge is safe for public use despite the reported collapse of its two pillars last week....

Truck Hits Bridge Overpass - 9/14/2004
BOSTON - In East Boston, a tractor-trailer truck allegedly being operated by a driver under the influence of marijuana crashed into a McClellan Highway bridge overpass Monday morning, jamming up traffic....

Manwel Dimech Bridge Deemed Safe For Now - 9/14/2004
MALTA - A French engineering society, which inspected the road earlier this year, had reported dangerous oscillations along the bridge, which was installed in 1971 with a lifespan of 35 years....

Smart Bridge' - 9/14/2004
NEW MEXICO - EMBEDDED DEEP within the new Interstate 10 bridge over University Avenue in Las Cruces, New Mexico, are fibre-optic sensors that will allow engineers to continually monitor the safety of the bridge....

Demolition Of Mo. Bridge Brings Down Span - 9/14/2004
MISSOURI - An explosion meant to demolish one section of an obsolete Mississippi River bridge Thursday unexpectedly brought down the rest of the span, too....

Dispute Over Roman Bones Halts Underpass - 9/14/2004
ISRAEL - The contractors of Yefe Nof construction company received a direct order from Transport Ministry director-general Bentzi Salman to stop building a two level underpass at the eastern entrance to Acre-Safed. The Acre Municipality says stopping the work has caused a number of problems, the greatest of which is the danger to life....

Adaptive Use Bridge Project Rebuilds Historic Bridges On Campus - 9/14/2004
MASSACHUSETTS - The, "Adaptive Use Bridge Project" is an on-campus program where engineering students learn how to move and refurbish truss bridges from different locations in New England. The bridges are then reconstructed as part of the landscape to improve pedestrian paths around campus....

Doubts Cloud Bay Bridge's Future - 9/7/2004
CALIFORNIA - From the Bay Area to the halls of the state capitol, policy makers agree -- publicly -- on only one thing about the new Bay Bridge: finish it....

Richmond Bridge Cost Soars - 9/7/2004
CALIFORNIA - Costs have skyrocketed on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge seismic retrofit project and it now has a revised cost of $914 million, more than double an estimate made in 2000 by Caltrans, according to a report released yesterday....

Current Bridge Plan Urged single-tower Span Now Quickest, Cheapest, Audit Says - 9/7/2004
CALIFORNIA - An audit made public Thursday says that the quickest and cheapest way to protect motorists on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge from major earthquakes is to stick with the plan to build the costly single-tower suspension span that has generated so much controversy....

Crosstown Contractor: Project's Design Wasn't Flawed - 9/7/2004
FLORIDA - The lead contractor on the elevated lanes of the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway said Friday there is no evidence of problems with the overall design of the bridge and appeared to deflect blame for two support columns that sank....

State Worried About Cracks On Bridges - 9/7/2004
SOUTH CAROLINA - The new bridges over the Broad and Chechessee rivers are cracking considerably more than anticipated and creating a serious concern, the state's top transportation official said Friday....

Wrong Turn Leaves Bus Jammed Under Bridge - 9/7/2004
UK - An investigation was launched after a double-decker bus became trapped under a bridge, ripping off its roof, transport officials said today....

Pacific Northwest Bridge Maintenance Conference - 9/7/2004
PORTLAND, OR - A two-day conference for engineers and maintenance professionals who specialize in bridges. November 3-4, 2004...

Bridge Too Far Or The Answer To Forth Gridlock? - 9/7/2004
UK - THE Forth Road Bridge will celebrate its 40th birthday in inglorious style on Saturday, as major roadworks resume to repair the damage caused by heavy traffic, and controversy again rages over whether a second crossing is needed to help to take the strain....

County Eyes Bridge Replacements - 9/7/2004
COLORADO - Morgan County commissioners approved several contracts this morning for the engineering and design of bridge replacements in the county....

Selectmen Consider Wig Hill Bridge Options - 9/7/2004
CONNECTICUT - The bridge, which spans the Pattaconk Brook at Wig Hill Road, was closed several months ago when engineers from the firm of Nathan L. Jacobson & Associates discovered a crack in one of its supporting beams. The engineers were at the site to begin preliminary work for a planned reconstruction of the bridge....

Ntsb Wants Alert Systems To Prevent Deaths In Bridge Accidents - 9/7/2004
WASHINGTON - Federal safety officials say an alert system could have averted a towboat accident that collapsed an interstate highway bridge in eastern Oklahoma....

State Worries Over Troubled Bridges - 8/31/2004
BOSTON - The number of decaying bridges owned by the state hit a two-year high this month at 306 despite official pledges that the wildly overbudget Big Dig won't shortchange other road projects....

State, County Will Expedite Bridge Repairs - 8/31/2004
OHIO - A bridge on state Route 45 south of Salem and four county bridges and culverts were heavily damaged by 7.2 inches of rain that fell Friday and Saturday....

Bridge Options Studied - 8/31/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and consulting firms are continuing to study proposals to replace the Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge, and the project manager expects to schedule another public meeting on the project before the end of the year....

Hunterdon Officials Ok Bridge Project; Warren County Vote Expected Tonight - 8/31/2004
NEW JERSEY - A $1.17 million bridge reconstruction project was approved Tuesday by the Hunterdon County freeholders....

Pushkarams Begin On A Tragic Note - 8/31/2004
INDIA - Even as the pilgrims jostled with each other to reach the apron, an iron railing on the bridge collapsed resulting in 20 people falling into the pilot channel, which was dug by the Irrigation department to enable the devout have a holy dip....

Where The Blame Lies For 'fiasco' - 8/31/2004
CALIFORNIA - A closer examination of my opinion reveals a criticism of what I called a "closed, insider process." T.Y. Lin, the famed engineer, who submitted another design for the bridge, told me before he died that constructing the self-anchored, one-tower suspension bridge would be an engineering nightmare. Cost overruns were inevitable from day one....

Contractor Balked At Deeper Supports - 8/31/2004
FLORIDA - Expressway officials face a bill of $70-million to take foundations to a depth dismissed as "over-engineering."...

Look To Forth Bridge For Example Of The Vision We Need - 8/31/2004
UK - The same arguments now exist over plans for a bullet train between Edinburgh and Glasgow....

One Killed, Three Critical In Platform Collapse - 8/31/2004
DETROIT - Four workers were painting the underside of a bridge on Detroit’s southwest side Friday morning when the platform they were standing on fell, sending them tumbling down....

Officials Feel They Can Save Original Structure Of 117-year-old Bridge - 8/31/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - Engineering plans for Sheeder Mill Bridge propose retaining the bridge’s original structure while strengthening it to handle heavier vehicles, such as ambulances and school buses....

Epping Bridge Built In 8 Days - 8/31/2004
NEW HAMPSHIRE - The 120-foot-long structure which spans the Lamprey River is New Hampshire’s first “fast-track” bridge...

Abridged Strategy -- Let Private Sector In - 8/31/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Steve Kinsey, chairman of the MTC has stated: "We feel like they [Caltrans] are not up to the job and we need to change the structure of delivering transportation projects throughout the state."...

Convention Reporters Get Special Bridge - 8/31/2004
NEW YORK - "An incredible amount of engineering went into creating that bridge," Kohlmann said. "It's not just scaffolding with a tent on it."...

County: Bridge Work 'will Take Time' - 8/31/2004
MISSSOURI - "We can't just go in and fix problems that have been there 50, 60 or 70 years overnight." Eastern Commissioner Joe Pickering shared that opinion today about flooding situations on Julie Road, where about 12 to 15 homes become isolated when heavy rains fall because of the flooding of two low-water bridges....

Bay Bridge Fight Leads Nowhere - 8/31/2004
CALIFORNIA - After a bitter clash with Bay Area lawmakers, officials in the Schwarzenegger administration said Saturday the governor won't call legislators back this year to break a funding deadlock on the Bay Bridge overhaul, though it'll force a work stoppage that could cost toll-payers plenty....

Zoo Swings Into Action To Fix Swaying Bridge - 8/31/2004
KANSAS - Responding to complaints from a few disabled visitors, the Sedgwick County Zoo has taken steps to make its new Downing Gorilla Forest more accessible....

Entire Bridge Stolen In Southern Bosnia - 8/31/2004
SARAJEVO - In what could qualify for “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” seven thieves stole an entire 13-meter bridge near the southern Bosnian town of Mostar, police said yesterday....

China Aims To Bridge The Gap With Tibet - 8/31/2004
TIBET - On a dusty river bed in the shadow of the Potala Palace, home of Tibet's exiled Dalai Lama, a bridge is rising that China says will bring prosperity to the Roof of the World. The bridge will carry trains from China into a railway station to be built in the capital, Lhasa, ferrying supplies, investment and people to one of the most sparsely populated, remote and least developed regions on earth....

Lrfd: Achieving Greater Reliability And Service For Bridges - 8/24/2004
USA - Call it the LRFD revolution. At least 46 States have fully or partially implemented the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Specification for bridges, or are working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to develop LRFD implementation plans. This represents a giant leap from last year, when about half of States had not yet begun LRFD implementation....

Bridge Panel Oks New Contract Policy - 8/24/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - The Burlington County Bridge Commission enacted a new policy yesterday that requires the panel to seek proposals from several qualified firms before selecting a contractor....

Lawmakers Seek Bay Bridge Fix - 8/24/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Caltrans now says the $2.6 billion bridge strengthening program will cost $8.3 billion. The overrun alone would be enough to supply every California school child a laptop computer and to hire 10,000 teachers for five years....

Faro Bridge Report Shock - 8/24/2004
ALGARVE - A damning three-year-old technical report from the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC) has been discovered this week in Faro Câmara offices. It apparently describes the bridge accessing Praia de Faro on Faro Island as being “in an advanced state of dilapidation”....

Professors Take Space-age Materials To New Heights In Bridge Research - 8/24/2004
USA - With hundreds of thousands of the nation’s bridges nearing the end of their design lives, cash-strapped states are searching for innovative solutions to repair and replace their decaying structures. One answer may lie in the same material that delivered the stealth aircraft, according to two researchers at the University of Missouri-Rolla....

'keyhole-surgery' To Strengthen Bridge - 8/24/2004
UK - It involves drilling 29 small diameter holes, up to 3.2 metres long, through the existing granite masonry arch barrel at very precise angles and positions. Stainless steel reinforcing bars, with specially adapted fabric outer covers, will then be inserted into the holes and the covers will be filled by pumping in a high performance cement-based grout, under pressure, which will form a strong chemical and mechanical bond to the masonry."...

Criticism Heaped On Caltrans As Bridge Costs Spiral Upward - 8/24/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - $19 million overrun on Carquinez -- Antioch, Dumbarton may need retrofit...

Dfi Marine Foundations Specialty Seminar - 8/23/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Nov 4-6, 2004. Technical presentations on on the following topics: Design and Construction of bridge foundations, float-in cofferdams, drilled shafts and precast pile caps; Installation of underwater secant cut-off walls and caissons; jet-grouting through water; underpinning repairs, and slope failure remediation....

A Bridge Suspended In Controversy - 8/20/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - it should come as little surprise that, as the California Department of Transportation prepares to build the world's first single-tower, self-anchored suspension bridge in the waters between San Francisco and Oakland, critics are again raising the alarm....

When A Bridge Becomes A Lifeline - 8/19/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - How do you build a bridge in a region that is bordered by some of the most dangerous fault lines in the world? If you're the California Department of Transportation, you pull out every engineering trick in the book....

Jobs Down Under - 8/18/2004
AUSTRALIA - An international firm is looking for 2 Bridge Engineers (Senior/Intermmediate) in Perth Western Australia. See this and more in our BridgeTalk forums! (click "Read Recent Messages" when you get there to see this post)....

Brighton - It’s Full Steam Ahead On Railway Issue - 8/17/2004
BRIGHTON - Costs for Pinnacle Street were estimated at $1.59-million for the bridge, $1.36-million for road improvements and $920,000 for property acquisitions plus a half million for utilities....

Semi Driver Strikes Bridge Under Construction On Northwest Vegas Beltway - 8/17/2004
LAS VEGAS - The crash scattered steel beams and lumber, but didn't collapse the bridge...

County Set To Replace Bridge - 8/17/2004
READINGTON - As soon as the county obtains a state permit, work can begin to replace a short bridge on Dreahook Road that has been closed since it was struck by a car and damaged last December....

$435,000 In Fines In Bridge Collapse - 8/17/2004
CALIFORNIA - Mendocino County law enforcement and fire agencies will receive thousands of dollars toward the promotion of workplace safety rules, under a settlement for the case that challenged whether employee safety had been overlooked while replacing the Noyo Harbor Bridge....

Valenzuela’s Tullahan, Ugong Bridges To Undergo Major Repairs - 8/17/2004
MANILA - Besides the Tullahan Bridge in Valenzuela City, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the city’s Ugong span needs major repairs....

Sullivans Island Wants Sc To Replace Old Swing Bridge With New Swing Bridge - 8/17/2004
SOUTH CAROLINA - State transportation leaders say they'll consider plans to replace a 60-year-old swing bridge with one just like it....

Trimble Technology Helps Build World's Longest Transoceanic Bridge In China - 8/17/2004
CHINA - Global Positioning System (GPS), digital auto levels and software -- are being used to help construct the world's longest transoceanic bridge in China....

Girder Rules Good Step For Safety - 8/17/2004
DENVER - The Colorado Department of Transportation's rigorous new rules on bridge construction should help avert tragedies like the girder collapse that killed a family of three earlier this year....

Forum To Gather Input On Bridge Project - 8/17/2004
OTTAWA COUNTY - Cost estimates suggest construction of two separate bridges over the Black River would add at least $2 million to the project, just for the materials to build a companion span....

Osha Sets Maximum Fine Against Contractor In Bridge Worker's Death - 8/17/2004
STRATFORD, CONN - The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a demolition contractor $14,000 in connection with a fatal crane accident at the Sikorsky Bridge earlier this year....

Sensor "memory" System: Faster, More Precise Damage Assessment - 8/17/2004
MISSOURI - A new sensor system being developed at the University of Missouri-Rolla may help get rescue personnel to the scene faster the next time a tornado or terrorist damages a bridge or other structure because of its ability to “memorize” the location of the damage....

Salem Council Votes 4-3 To Buy Railroad Bridge - 8/17/2004
OREGON - The city plans to spend as much as $4.6 million to convert the 1910s-era bridge to a pedestrian and bicycle pathway connecting West Salem to the rest of town....

Suspension Bridge Will Never Open During Major Events Again After Nearing Collapse As Hundreds Crammed On - 8/17/2004
BRISTOL - But now the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust has revealed the structure came close to breaking point last year after "out of control" crowds crammed on to it after the Ashton Court Festival and Balloon Fiesta....

Bridge Agency Becomes The Latest To Offer More Open Government - 8/17/2004
NEW JERSEY - In a move that makes the public agency's business dealings more transparent, the Burlington County Bridge Commission agreed Tuesday to solicit public bids for contracts for professional services, such as legal and engineering work....

Coast Guard Releases Its Report Into The Fatal I-40 Bridge Collapse - 8/17/2004
OKLAHOMA - New developments in the deadly collapse of the I-40 bridge near Webbers Falls....

1 Week To Build Bridge - 8/17/2004
NEW HAMPSHIRE - In an effort to reduce work-zone hazards and construction-related traffic delays, the state has begun work on an experimental bridge in Epping that officials say will be the fastest ever built in New Hampshire....

Otto's A Guiding Light - 8/11/2004
ATHENS - if you had told Athenians that the Rio-Antirrio suspension bridge, a wondrous and gigantic feat of engineering which spans the three kilometre Corinth Straight, would be declared open just in time for the Olympics, they could have been knocked down by feathers....

Multiple Structural Bridge Openings In Portland! - 8/11/2004
USA - Check out this and more in our BridgeTalk forums!...

New Web Site For Sundial Bridge - 8/11/2004
CALIFORNIA - World renowned Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava conceived the Sundial Bridge¹s unusual design ­ his first free-standing bridge in the United States....

Bridge Collapse Causes Closing From Central To Portage Avenues - 8/11/2004
INDIANA - City Engineer Craig Hendrix said a hole about 4 feet in length and 1 foot wide was found by a street department employee Monday morning. The collapse occurred in the southbound lane of Samuelson Road just south of the one-lane railroad underpass....

Building Bridges - Safer Ones - 8/11/2004
COLORADO - The Colorado Department of Transportation will require more planning, approvals and inspections for bridge construction - the first changes resulting from the Interstate 70 girder collapse in May that killed three people....

Pacific Northwest Bridge Maintenance Conference - 9/7/2004
PORTLAND, OR - A two-day conference for engineers and maintenance professionals who specialize in bridges. November 3-4, 2004...

Current Bridge Plan Urged single-tower Span Now Quickest, Cheapest, Audit Says - 9/7/2004
CALIFORNIA - An audit made public Thursday says that the quickest and cheapest way to protect motorists on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge from major earthquakes is to stick with the plan to build the costly single-tower suspension span that has generated so much controversy....

Richmond Bridge Cost Soars - 9/7/2004
CALIFORNIA - Costs have skyrocketed on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge seismic retrofit project and it now has a revised cost of $914 million, more than double an estimate made in 2000 by Caltrans, according to a report released yesterday....

Selectmen Consider Wig Hill Bridge Options - 9/7/2004
CONNECTICUT - The bridge, which spans the Pattaconk Brook at Wig Hill Road, was closed several months ago when engineers from the firm of Nathan L. Jacobson & Associates discovered a crack in one of its supporting beams. The engineers were at the site to begin preliminary work for a planned reconstruction of the bridge....

County Eyes Bridge Replacements - 9/7/2004
COLORADO - Morgan County commissioners approved several contracts this morning for the engineering and design of bridge replacements in the county....

Bridge Too Far Or The Answer To Forth Gridlock? - 9/7/2004
UK - THE Forth Road Bridge will celebrate its 40th birthday in inglorious style on Saturday, as major roadworks resume to repair the damage caused by heavy traffic, and controversy again rages over whether a second crossing is needed to help to take the strain....

Ntsb Wants Alert Systems To Prevent Deaths In Bridge Accidents - 9/7/2004
WASHINGTON - Federal safety officials say an alert system could have averted a towboat accident that collapsed an interstate highway bridge in eastern Oklahoma....

Wrong Turn Leaves Bus Jammed Under Bridge - 9/7/2004
UK - An investigation was launched after a double-decker bus became trapped under a bridge, ripping off its roof, transport officials said today....

State Worried About Cracks On Bridges - 9/7/2004
SOUTH CAROLINA - The new bridges over the Broad and Chechessee rivers are cracking considerably more than anticipated and creating a serious concern, the state's top transportation official said Friday....

Doubts Cloud Bay Bridge's Future - 9/7/2004
CALIFORNIA - From the Bay Area to the halls of the state capitol, policy makers agree -- publicly -- on only one thing about the new Bay Bridge: finish it....

Crosstown Contractor: Project's Design Wasn't Flawed - 9/7/2004
FLORIDA - The lead contractor on the elevated lanes of the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway said Friday there is no evidence of problems with the overall design of the bridge and appeared to deflect blame for two support columns that sank....

LRFD: Achieving Greater Reliability And Service For Bridges - 8/24/2004
USA - Call it the LRFD revolution. At least 46 States have fully or partially implemented the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Specification for bridges, or are working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to develop LRFD implementation plans. This represents a giant leap from last year, when about half of States had not yet begun LRFD implementation....

Abridged Strategy -- Let Private Sector In - 8/31/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Steve Kinsey, chairman of the MTC has stated: "We feel like they [Caltrans] are not up to the job and we need to change the structure of delivering transportation projects throughout the state."...

Where The Blame Lies For 'fiasco' - 8/31/2004
CALIFORNIA - A closer examination of my opinion reveals a criticism of what I called a "closed, insider process." T.Y. Lin, the famed engineer, who submitted another design for the bridge, told me before he died that constructing the self-anchored, one-tower suspension bridge would be an engineering nightmare. Cost overruns were inevitable from day one....

Contractor Balked At Deeper Supports - 8/31/2004
FLORIDA - Expressway officials face a bill of $70-million to take foundations to a depth dismissed as "over-engineering."...

China Aims To Bridge The Gap With Tibet - 8/31/2004
TIBET - On a dusty river bed in the shadow of the Potala Palace, home of Tibet's exiled Dalai Lama, a bridge is rising that China says will bring prosperity to the Roof of the World. The bridge will carry trains from China into a railway station to be built in the capital, Lhasa, ferrying supplies, investment and people to one of the most sparsely populated, remote and least developed regions on earth....

Look To Forth Bridge For Example Of The Vision We Need - 8/31/2004
UK - The same arguments now exist over plans for a bullet train between Edinburgh and Glasgow....

State Worries Over Troubled Bridges - 8/31/2004
BOSTON - The number of decaying bridges owned by the state hit a two-year high this month at 306 despite official pledges that the wildly overbudget Big Dig won't shortchange other road projects....

One Killed, Three Critical In Platform Collapse - 8/31/2004
DETROIT - Four workers were painting the underside of a bridge on Detroit’s southwest side Friday morning when the platform they were standing on fell, sending them tumbling down....

Hunterdon Officials Ok Bridge Project; Warren County Vote Expected Tonight - 8/31/2004
NEW JERSEY - A $1.17 million bridge reconstruction project was approved Tuesday by the Hunterdon County freeholders....

Epping Bridge Built In 8 Days - 8/31/2004
NEW HAMPSHIRE - The 120-foot-long structure which spans the Lamprey River is New Hampshire’s first “fast-track” bridge...

State, County Will Expedite Bridge Repairs - 8/31/2004
OHIO - A bridge on state Route 45 south of Salem and four county bridges and culverts were heavily damaged by 7.2 inches of rain that fell Friday and Saturday....

Convention Reporters Get Special Bridge - 8/31/2004
NEW YORK - "An incredible amount of engineering went into creating that bridge," Kohlmann said. "It's not just scaffolding with a tent on it."...

Pushkarams Begin On A Tragic Note - 8/31/2004
INDIA - Even as the pilgrims jostled with each other to reach the apron, an iron railing on the bridge collapsed resulting in 20 people falling into the pilot channel, which was dug by the Irrigation department to enable the devout have a holy dip....

Entire Bridge Stolen In Southern Bosnia - 8/31/2004
SARAJEVO - In what could qualify for “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” seven thieves stole an entire 13-meter bridge near the southern Bosnian town of Mostar, police said yesterday....

Zoo Swings Into Action To Fix Swaying Bridge - 8/31/2004
KANSAS - Responding to complaints from a few disabled visitors, the Sedgwick County Zoo has taken steps to make its new Downing Gorilla Forest more accessible....

Bay Bridge Fight Leads Nowhere - 8/31/2004
CALIFORNIA - After a bitter clash with Bay Area lawmakers, officials in the Schwarzenegger administration said Saturday the governor won't call legislators back this year to break a funding deadlock on the Bay Bridge overhaul, though it'll force a work stoppage that could cost toll-payers plenty....

County: Bridge Work 'will Take Time' - 8/31/2004
MISSSOURI - "We can't just go in and fix problems that have been there 50, 60 or 70 years overnight." Eastern Commissioner Joe Pickering shared that opinion today about flooding situations on Julie Road, where about 12 to 15 homes become isolated when heavy rains fall because of the flooding of two low-water bridges....

Bridge Options Studied - 8/31/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and consulting firms are continuing to study proposals to replace the Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge, and the project manager expects to schedule another public meeting on the project before the end of the year....

Officials Feel They Can Save Original Structure Of 117-year-old Bridge - 8/31/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - Engineering plans for Sheeder Mill Bridge propose retaining the bridge’s original structure while strengthening it to handle heavier vehicles, such as ambulances and school buses....

Faro Bridge Report Shock - 8/24/2004
ALGARVE - A damning three-year-old technical report from the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC) has been discovered this week in Faro Câmara offices. It apparently describes the bridge accessing Praia de Faro on Faro Island as being “in an advanced state of dilapidation”....

Criticism Heaped On Caltrans As Bridge Costs Spiral Upward - 8/24/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - $19 million overrun on Carquinez -- Antioch, Dumbarton may need retrofit...

'keyhole-surgery' To Strengthen Bridge - 8/24/2004
UK - It involves drilling 29 small diameter holes, up to 3.2 metres long, through the existing granite masonry arch barrel at very precise angles and positions. Stainless steel reinforcing bars, with specially adapted fabric outer covers, will then be inserted into the holes and the covers will be filled by pumping in a high performance cement-based grout, under pressure, which will form a strong chemical and mechanical bond to the masonry."...

Lawmakers Seek Bay Bridge Fix - 8/24/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Caltrans now says the $2.6 billion bridge strengthening program will cost $8.3 billion. The overrun alone would be enough to supply every California school child a laptop computer and to hire 10,000 teachers for five years....

Bridge Panel Oks New Contract Policy - 8/24/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - The Burlington County Bridge Commission enacted a new policy yesterday that requires the panel to seek proposals from several qualified firms before selecting a contractor....

Professors Take Space-age Materials To New Heights In Bridge Research - 8/24/2004
USA - With hundreds of thousands of the nation’s bridges nearing the end of their design lives, cash-strapped states are searching for innovative solutions to repair and replace their decaying structures. One answer may lie in the same material that delivered the stealth aircraft, according to two researchers at the University of Missouri-Rolla....

Dfi Marine Foundations Specialty Seminar - 8/23/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Nov 4-6, 2004. Technical presentations on on the following topics: Design and Construction of bridge foundations, float-in cofferdams, drilled shafts and precast pile caps; Installation of underwater secant cut-off walls and caissons; jet-grouting through water; underpinning repairs, and slope failure remediation....

A Bridge Suspended In Controversy - 8/20/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - it should come as little surprise that, as the California Department of Transportation prepares to build the world's first single-tower, self-anchored suspension bridge in the waters between San Francisco and Oakland, critics are again raising the alarm....

When A Bridge Becomes A Lifeline - 8/19/2004
SAN FRANCISCO - How do you build a bridge in a region that is bordered by some of the most dangerous fault lines in the world? If you're the California Department of Transportation, you pull out every engineering trick in the book....

Jobs Down Under - 8/18/2004
AUSTRALIA - An international firm is looking for 2 Bridge Engineers (Senior/Intermmediate) in Perth Western Australia. See this and more in our BridgeTalk forums! (click "Read Recent Messages" when you get there to see this post)....

Forum To Gather Input On Bridge Project - 8/17/2004
OTTAWA COUNTY - Cost estimates suggest construction of two separate bridges over the Black River would add at least $2 million to the project, just for the materials to build a companion span....

Trimble Technology Helps Build World's Longest Transoceanic Bridge In China - 8/17/2004
CHINA - Global Positioning System (GPS), digital auto levels and software -- are being used to help construct the world's longest transoceanic bridge in China....

Valenzuela’s Tullahan, Ugong Bridges To Undergo Major Repairs - 8/17/2004
MANILA - Besides the Tullahan Bridge in Valenzuela City, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the city’s Ugong span needs major repairs....

$435,000 In Fines In Bridge Collapse - 8/17/2004
CALIFORNIA - Mendocino County law enforcement and fire agencies will receive thousands of dollars toward the promotion of workplace safety rules, under a settlement for the case that challenged whether employee safety had been overlooked while replacing the Noyo Harbor Bridge....

County Set To Replace Bridge - 8/17/2004
READINGTON - As soon as the county obtains a state permit, work can begin to replace a short bridge on Dreahook Road that has been closed since it was struck by a car and damaged last December....

Semi Driver Strikes Bridge Under Construction On Northwest Vegas Beltway - 8/17/2004
LAS VEGAS - The crash scattered steel beams and lumber, but didn't collapse the bridge...

Brighton - It’s Full Steam Ahead On Railway Issue - 8/17/2004
BRIGHTON - Costs for Pinnacle Street were estimated at $1.59-million for the bridge, $1.36-million for road improvements and $920,000 for property acquisitions plus a half million for utilities....

Osha Sets Maximum Fine Against Contractor In Bridge Worker's Death - 8/17/2004
STRATFORD, CONN - The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a demolition contractor $14,000 in connection with a fatal crane accident at the Sikorsky Bridge earlier this year....

Sullivans Island Wants Sc To Replace Old Swing Bridge With New Swing Bridge - 8/17/2004
SOUTH CAROLINA - State transportation leaders say they'll consider plans to replace a 60-year-old swing bridge with one just like it....

Sensor "memory" System: Faster, More Precise Damage Assessment - 8/17/2004
MISSOURI - A new sensor system being developed at the University of Missouri-Rolla may help get rescue personnel to the scene faster the next time a tornado or terrorist damages a bridge or other structure because of its ability to “memorize” the location of the damage....

Salem Council Votes 4-3 To Buy Railroad Bridge - 8/17/2004
OREGON - The city plans to spend as much as $4.6 million to convert the 1910s-era bridge to a pedestrian and bicycle pathway connecting West Salem to the rest of town....

Suspension Bridge Will Never Open During Major Events Again After Nearing Collapse As Hundreds Crammed On - 8/17/2004
BRISTOL - But now the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust has revealed the structure came close to breaking point last year after "out of control" crowds crammed on to it after the Ashton Court Festival and Balloon Fiesta....

Girder Rules Good Step For Safety - 8/17/2004
DENVER - The Colorado Department of Transportation's rigorous new rules on bridge construction should help avert tragedies like the girder collapse that killed a family of three earlier this year....

Bridge Agency Becomes The Latest To Offer More Open Government - 8/17/2004
NEW JERSEY - In a move that makes the public agency's business dealings more transparent, the Burlington County Bridge Commission agreed Tuesday to solicit public bids for contracts for professional services, such as legal and engineering work....

Coast Guard Releases Its Report Into The Fatal I-40 Bridge Collapse - 8/17/2004
OKLAHOMA - New developments in the deadly collapse of the I-40 bridge near Webbers Falls....

1 Week To Build Bridge - 8/17/2004
NEW HAMPSHIRE - In an effort to reduce work-zone hazards and construction-related traffic delays, the state has begun work on an experimental bridge in Epping that officials say will be the fastest ever built in New Hampshire....

Multiple Structural Bridge Openings In Portland! - 8/11/2004
USA - Check out this and more in our BridgeTalk forums!...

Building Bridges - Safer Ones - 8/11/2004
COLORADO - The Colorado Department of Transportation will require more planning, approvals and inspections for bridge construction - the first changes resulting from the Interstate 70 girder collapse in May that killed three people....

New Web Site For Sundial Bridge - 8/11/2004
CALIFORNIA - World renowned Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava conceived the Sundial Bridge¹s unusual design ­ his first free-standing bridge in the United States....

Otto's A Guiding Light - 8/11/2004
ATHENS - if you had told Athenians that the Rio-Antirrio suspension bridge, a wondrous and gigantic feat of engineering which spans the three kilometre Corinth Straight, would be declared open just in time for the Olympics, they could have been knocked down by feathers....

Bridge Collapse Causes Closing From Central To Portage Avenues - 8/11/2004
INDIANA - City Engineer Craig Hendrix said a hole about 4 feet in length and 1 foot wide was found by a street department employee Monday morning. The collapse occurred in the southbound lane of Samuelson Road just south of the one-lane railroad underpass....

Small Section Of Bridge Collapses - 8/9/2004
MISSOURI - A steel plate was being prepared by the city's street department to be placed over the collapsed section that is about 18 inches long and six to eight inches wide. Richardson said the plate would serve two purposes. One is to distribute the weight in the area, thus possibly preventing further damage to the bridge floor, and also keep a vehicle's wheel from dropping into the hole....

Bridge May Be Put Out For Bids Next Week - 8/9/2004
MISSOURI - The president of the board of trustees of County Special Road District No. 2 said recently he is optimistic it may be able to put the 7th Street bridge replacement project out for bids when it meets next week....

Body Found - 8/9/2004
LOUISIANA - The body of a Breaux Bridge construction worker was recovered from Bayou Courtableau two days after an industrial accident sent him to the bottom of the bayou with a crane and chunks of the U.S. 190 bridge....

Bridge Earns Design Award - 8/9/2004
UK - BASED Rowecord Engineering has won an industry award for its Swansea Sail Bridge....

Bridge To Be Spiffed Up To Open Queen City's Arms - 8/9/2004
CINCINNATI - Beginning Monday, crews will begin to spiff up the Ohio entrance to the pedestrian L&N Bridge - commonly called the Purple People Bridge - with lights, bamboo planters and a map of riverfront attractions....

Daman Bridge Swept Away By Flood Waters - 8/9/2004
DAMAN - In Daman, floods this year swept away part of a bridge which had collapsed last year, killing 28 school children. The bridge connecting the two sides of Daman gave away much like other bridges in the region....

1904 Train Wreck Still Touches Lives - 8/9/2004
DENVER - The bridge floated downstream and severely damaged the wooden railroad bridge that was supposed to support a southbound train - the Missouri Pacific St. Louis World's Fair....

20 Trapped In Kullu Tunnel - 8/9/2004
INDIA - At least 20 labourers have been trapped inside a one-and-a-half km long tunnel of the Parvathi Hydroelectric Power Project at Barshani, 16 km from Manikaran in Kullu district, since Saturday midnight when flash floods caused by a cloudburst triggered heavy landslides in the area....

Town Girls Are Building Bridges - 8/9/2004
UK - BUDDING engineers designed a new bridge for their town in a competition which had no boys in sight....

1000-tonne Bridge Is Eased Into Its Place - 8/9/2004
UK - ONE of Britain's biggest cranes is helping to construct a new three-level interchange on one of the region's busiest roads....

German Experts Assessing Regional Road Bridge Damage - 8/9/2004
MALTA - A German team of experts is in Malta to assess the damage on Manwel Dimech bridge, along Regional Road, and confirm whether it can still be used until repairs are carried out....

Marlborough Awaits Cash To Replace Old Bridge - 8/9/2004
NEW YORK - Residents living along the Old Post Road south of the hamlet have enjoyed a little bit of solitude since the Town of Marlborough closed a small span known as the Buckley bridge. But now, town officials say they expect federal funds to replace the bridge, which partially collapsed last winter....

Selectman: Iron Grate Bridge Safe - 8/9/2004
MASSACHUSETTS - Residents have flooded town hall with calls since Monday’s announcement that the state plans to close the aging bridge soon because it failed a recent last inspection....

Revenue Drop Delays Plans For 6-lane I-80 - 8/9/2004
TOLEDO - the added lanes on those bridges will go unused as the turnpike continues to extend its timetable for the widening project. Originally set for completion in 2000, the campaign now won't be finished until 2008, turnpike spokesman Lauren Dehrmann said. No widening construction is scheduled at all this year, though other parts of the turnpike's capital improvement program continue, she said....

Firm Has Paint Business Licked - 8/4/2004
UK - THE name Craig & Rose is likely to be forever linked with one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. For 100 years or so, the company supplied the famous red paint used in the upkeep of the Forth Bridge....

Riverside Cancels Plans To Replace Span At Same Site - 8/4/2004
KANSAS CITY - Bridging Line Creek in Riverside is proving to be a difficult and controversial proposition as the city and its partners continue with a major Missouri River levee project....

New Hubbard Bridge Favored By Engineers - 8/4/2004
NEW JERSEY - The 83-year-old bridge, which spans the Swimming River to connect Red Bank and Middletown, is rated as structurally deficient and obsolete. Because of its low rating, the bridge replacement project is eligible for federal funding, according to the Monmouth County Engineering Department....

Professor Pans Span-fixing Tactic - 8/4/2004
NEW YORK - Slicing a bridge into sections for removal could be a recipe for a disaster similar to the Queens bridge collapse that seriously injured a Long Island driver, an engineering professor said....

An Update On The New Ohio River Bridge - 8/4/2004
OHIO - Right now, no date has been set to begin construction, but the project would take an estimated 3 to 4 years to finish. And even though much of the planning has been completed, work on the bridge can't move forward until financing is secured for the estimated 60 million dollar job. A tough task- that must be completed before construction can begin....

Task Force Unhappy With Construction Plans - 8/4/2004
NEW YORK - Ms. Galante said the DOT has changed the design concept of the bridge, especially its operations during planned construction on the structure. Originally, the bridge, Ms. Galante said, was to have four lanes operating during construction, which itself could last up to 30 months. Now, the DOT, Ms. Galante claims, is working with a three-lane design for the bridge during construction. "We can't sustain that," Ms. Galante said, speaking of local traffic....

Tuttle Bridge Finally To Be Replaced - 8/4/2004
MASSACHUSETTS - The Tuttle Bridge, which has carried Golden Hill Road over the Housatonic River since 1885, has finally been approved for dismantling after nearly nine years of waiting and will be replaced by $1.3 million steel-span structure....

Bridge Columns To Come Down - 8/4/2004
FLORIDA - The contractor relents and agrees that four cracked supports in the Memorial Causeway bridge do, in fact, need to be demolished....

Dot Begins Investigation Into What Caused Concrete Collapse - 8/4/2004
NEW YORK - The city Department of Transportation has hired an engineering firm to investigate why a 3-ton, 60-foot slab of concrete collapsed from an overpass on the Grand Central Parkway in Astoria, nearly killing a driver headed toward his job in Manhattan....

Bridge Battle - 8/4/2004
KANSAS - The Topeka Boulevard Bridge is falling down, that's what some city and county leaders and local engineers say....

Tay Bridge Toppled By A Big Blow - 8/4/2004
UK - A MASSIVE gust of wind was to blame for one of Scotland’s worst rail disasters, experts have claimed. The collapse of the Tay Bridge, which claimed 75 lives in 1879, just 19 months after it opened, has long been shrouded in mystery....

Bridge Bid Comes In Under Estimate - 8/4/2004
ILLINOIS - Civil Constructors Inc. of Illinois was the low bidder for replacement of the Veteran's Memorial Bridge (Peoria Avenue). Three bids for replacement of the five-span structure were opened Friday morning in Springfield by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Civil's bid was $6,500,948.97. It will be paid for with 80 percent federal funding and 20 percent local funding....

Officials Sue Over Collapsed Bridge - 8/4/2004
NEW JERSEY - A Louisiana truck driver and the company he worked for are targets of a lawsuit by Hunterdon County for the collapse of a historic Tewksbury Township bridge....

Former Bnd Consultants Have Ties To Txdot Shakeup - 8/4/2004
TEXAS - Two former Brownsville Navigation District consultants from Mexico — who received nearly $900,000 combined for working toward Mexico’s approval of a rail/truck bridge — played prominent roles in a scandalous shakeup in the Texas Department of Transportation....

Busy Southie Span Crumbles Before Its Time: 9-year-old Bridge Repairs Could Hit $1m - 8/4/2004
BOSTON - The span, erected in the mid-1990s by the Massachusetts Highway Department, was given to the city a few years ago. But since then, one end has sunk, cracks have begun appearing all over, and the section of Harborwalk running under the bridge floods during some high tides....

Http://news.bostonherald.com/localregional/view.bg?articleid=38083 - 8/4/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - While the future of the Mood's Covered Bridge in East Rockhill is yet to be decided, the history of two other burned Bucks bridges shows how different the outcomes can be....

Pillars Of Strength - 8/4/2004
TACOMA - The new Tacoma Narrows bridge is 40 percent finished, but most of the work has been underwater and out of sight....

Once-model Bridge Project Had Cracks Behind Scenes - 8/4/2004
TOLEDO - Showcasing the project were two star pieces of equipment: a pair of 315-foot cranes specially designed for the project and imported from Europe. They crawled in tandem to build the approaching deck to a cable-stayed bridge that would redraw the city's skyline. But one of the cranes wouldn't finish the job....

Valenzuela Mayor Urges Dpwh To Build New Bridge - 8/4/2004
MANILA - The Valenzuela City government Sunday urged the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to start the construction of a new Tullahan Bridge on MacArthur Hi-way to avoid the collapse of the defective old bridge and avoid any accident....

Key Bridge Temporarily Closed After Scaffolding Collapse - 8/4/2004
BALTIMORE - Maryland Transportation Authority police said scaffolding on the Key Bridge collapsed and the bridge was closed for several hours late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning....

Motorist Missing After Bridge Collapse - 8/4/2004
DALLAS - Authorities searched Friday for a motorist whose vehicle was found in a flooded creek downstream from a collapsed bridge after more than a foot of rain fell in the Dallas area....

Road To Ruin - 7/27/2004
OREGON - Examining the girders that hold up Fords Bridge on the South Umpqua River in southwest Oregon, state inspectors noticed a gunpowder-like smell — a telltale sign of metal fatigue. Then they saw stress cracks that ran like veins through the main supports....

Homochitto Erosion Taking Bridges - 7/27/2004
MISSISSIPPI - A lack of funding may force supervisors to permanently abandon a damaged and closed bridge, already blamed for one death, in the southwest corner of Franklin County....

'smart Bridge' Technology Debuts In New Mexico - 7/27/2004
NEW MEXICO - Fiber-optic lines also were strung throughout the concrete to shoot beams of light through the structure. As the beams are stressed, the properties of the light change. These changes are picked up by the sensors and relayed to a data collection box about the size of a refrigerator that is located off the side of the bridge. NMSU researchers will collect the data from this box, study it, and share it with the New Mexico Department of Transportation....

Archaeologists Uncover Roman Ruin - 7/27/2004
UK - The ruins of the bridge, which would have once crossed the River Tyne, have been undisturbed for thousands of years in Corbridge, Northumberland....

Ucsd Dean Helps Design Athens Bridge - 7/27/2004
ATHENS - If, by some remarkable coincidence, an earthquake strikes that August day, Frieder Seible says the new bridge will be safer than solid ground....

Kinzua Bridge Disaster Marks Anniversary - 7/27/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - It was a year ago today that a F-1 tornado ripped its way through the area and tore down a section of the historic Kinzua Bridge that had been undergoing restoration. In the months following the collapse, tourism at the bridge jumped but that surge was short lived....

Group Proposes New Bridge-tunnel - 7/27/2004
VIRGINIA - A consortium of engineering firms has submitted an unsolicited proposal to finance and build a third crossing of Hampton Roads, reviving the on-again, off-again transportation dream and drawing immediate interest from would-be competitors....

Motorist's Survival 'a Miracle' - 7/27/2004
NEW YORK - "We were like 'Dad, what happened?' " his daughter, Athina Godosis, said yesterday after visiting her father in the intensive care unit of Elmhurst Hospital Center. "He was like, 'A [expletive] bridge fell on me.' Then I was happy because he was the same."...

Da To Conclude Suit In Bridge Death - 7/27/2004
CALIFORNIA - Charges filed by the Mendocino County District Attorney's office against Pacific Coast Steel may come to a settlement sometime this month. The charges stem from the February 2003 death of 38-year-old Julio Quintero, of Fairfield. Quintero was fatally injured when the rebar section of the partially constructed column collapsed, falling on the construction deck below....

Maryland Will Pay To Replace Dover Bridge - 7/27/2004
MARYLAND - The narrow, long-ailing Dover Bridge over the Choptank River will get a modern replacement, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. promised today, announcing the state will take $42 million out of its transportation trust fund to pay for the project....

Bridge Collapse Kills One In Central Russia - 7/27/2004
RUSSIA - The collapse occurred at a section being reconstructed. Seven construction workers were on that part of the Chernavsky bridge, and they fell into the Voronesh reservoir. Six of them reached land, the seventh died, the agency reported....

Bosnian Bridge Spans More Than A River - 7/27/2004
BOSNIA - The international authority controlling Bosnia hopes a rebuilt bridge can help unite a bitterly divided city. Ian Traynor reports from Mostar....

Film Crew Explores Tragic Lesson - 7/27/2004
NEW YORK - It was one of the worst bridge disasters in New York state history: 10 people killed when a Thruway bridge crashed into the Schoharie Creek in April 1987....

Two Firm Foundations - 7/27/2004
WASHINGTON - Crews building the new Tacoma Narrows bridge began capping off the second of two massive tower foundations Friday, a major milestone in the $849 million, five-year project....

Good Samaritan Patrols China's Suicide Bridge - 7/27/2004
CHINA - Chen Si, wearing a well-worn baseball cap and large black sunglasses to protect himself from the scorching summer sun, looks out for suicide jumpers on Nanjing's Yangtze River Bridge last Sunday. Chen arrives at the bridge every weekend at 8am and stays until sunset....

tests Show Clay Around Expressway Piers - 7/27/2004
FLORIDA - Geological testing showed both piers west of 50th Street were built on limestone, but on a ledge of rock rather than a solid bed, as builders believed....

Repair Of Missouri River Span Could Skyrocket Into Millions - 7/27/2004
SOUTH DAKOTA - ''We are evaluating the bridge at this time, and looking at all of the welds on the entire structure. We are finding that a significant number of welds that do not meet requirements,'' said Leon Schochenmaier, director of planning and engineering for the state Department of Transportation....

Grand Central Problems: Part Of Highway Closed By Structural Collapse - 7/27/2004
NEW YORK - A portion of the Grand Central Parkway is closed after a structural collapse. It happened when a large beam fell from the Steinway Street overpass....

No Bent Next Week!! - 7/13/2004
USA - Sorry for the inconvenience, but it's time for a Summer Vacation. Be back on the 28th with lots of stories!...

Engineer's Acclaim Tied To Bridges Over The Bay - 7/13/2004
CALIFORNIA - It was another day on the job when Golden Gate Bridge chief engineer Denis Mulligan set out to inspect the icon's distinctive orange suspension cable last October. Suddenly, the Navy's Blue Angels jets roared beneath his high-wire perch over the San Francisco Bay....

An Effort To Preserve Bridges Of Yesteryear - 7/13/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - Forget the bridges of Madison County. That was Iowa. Pennsylvania has the most covered bridges in the country, and the first in the nation spanned the Schuylkill at Market Street in 1805....

Mungo Bridge : Opening Alternative Routes - 7/13/2004
AFRICA - "As a follow-up to the instructions of the Head of State, His Excellency Paul Biya, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Mr Peter Mafany Musonge, yesterday, 7 July 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in the Prime Minister's Office, chaired an important inter-ministerial meeting to assess the implementation of the measures adopted in the aftermath of the collapse of the Mungo bridge with a view to restoring traffic on both sides of the River....

Designer Favors Replacing Bridge - 7/13/2004
BUFFALO - Swiss bridge designer Christian Menn said he can design a more dramatic span than his earlier proposals if it is intended to replace the Peace Bridge....

County Replaces More Bridges - 7/13/2004
DEMOPOLIS - Contracts for three new bridges for County Road 53 should be let by the end of the month for the remaining special bridge replacement funds allocated to the county....

Mostar Bridge Set For Reopening - 7/13/2004
BOSNIA - Bosnia and Herzegovina's Mostar Bridge, a centuries old example of Ottoman architecture and which was demolished by Croatian artillery on November 9, 1993, has been completely restored and will be reopened during a grand ceremony attended by several heads of state on July 23...

Demonbreun Bridge Closed, Likely For Good - 7/13/2004
TENNESSEE - The 74-year-old-span has long helped connect Interstate 40 to downtown but probably will remain out of service for up to three years after being closed last night because city officials feared it wasn't safe....

State Bridges In Sorry Shape - 7/13/2004
CONNECTICUT - A three-month long Eyewitness News investigation reveals many of the bridges in Connecticut are in terrible shape and these decaying spans are getting worse....

Bridge Collapses In S. Lebanese Army Barracks - 7/13/2004
BEIRUT - metal bridge collapsed inside a southern Lebanese army barracks Wednesday while soldiers were crossing it, killing one officer and injuring 12 others, security officials said....

Gandhi Bridge Unsafe For Heavy Vehicles - 7/13/2004
INDIA - Mahatma Gandhi Setu is no longer safe for heavy vehicles. Cracks between pillar nos 44 and 45 have halted traffic movement on the western lane of the bridge these days....

Engineering Marvels Bridge City That Works - 7/13/2004
CHICAGO - In case you were unaware, Chicago's central business community is more dependent on -- and surrounded by -- movable bridges than any other city in the world, including Paris, London, Venice, you name it....

Bridge Over The Ocean Causes A Rift - 7/13/2004
AUSTRALIA - It will sweep out over the waves and wrap around the cliff face and, when it opens, the bridge on the Illawarra's Lawrence Hargrave Drive will be an engineering marvel. Or, say critics, an environmental nightmare....

Dot Evaluating Repair Of Missouri River Bridge - 7/13/2004
PIERRE, S.D. - The Missouri River bridge between Pierre and Fort Pierre no longer meets standards and could need substantial renovation or replacement....

Fourth Bridge To Make Perth Soar - 7/7/2004
UK - A PERTHSHIRE councillor has called for a new bridge to be built in Perth...

Kings Of Swing - 7/7/2004
CALIFORNIA - The iconic Golden Gate Bridge may be one of the wonders of the modern world, but tucked along the levee roads and highways of the Sacramento- San Joaquin River Delta are hidden treasures worthy of the same awe....

Clarkton Bridge Spared Razing - 7/7/2004
VIRGINIA - Supporters of the 102-year-old bridge over the Staunton River say they have raised $200,000 in private funds to make urgent repairs on the span between Charlotte and Halifax counties....

World-renowned Architect's Bridge Kindles Redding's Revival - 7/7/2004
CALIFORNIA - So eye-catching is the design that leaders speculate it may become the nation's second most recognized bridge, behind only San Francisco's Golden Gate....

Florida Ave. Bridge Plan Moves Forward - 7/7/2004
NEW ORLEANS - No major objections were raised Wednesday when about 100 residents and public officials gathered to review the state's final plans for the much-anticipated $135 million Florida Avenue bridge and roadway project....

Worker Injured In Bridge Collapse Receives Judgment - 7/7/2004
UTICA - A construction worker hurt in a bridge collapse that killed another man has been awarded $3.4 million for his injuries....

Long-delayed Bridge To Cost Additional Rm20m - 7/7/2004
KUCHING - The long-delayed Durin bridge across the Rajang, the country’s longest river, is due to be completed by May next year at an additional cost of RM20mil....

Mostar Restores Its Ancient Bridge, But Hangs On To Ethnic Politics - 7/7/2004
BOSNIA - The rebuilding of the Stari Most (Old Bridge) in Bosnia's city of Mostar may be an architectural miracle, but it will take more than this one miracle to restore the city's multiethnic flavor - at least if the obstructionist government has anything to say about it....

Labour Inspectors To Probe Bridge Collapse - 7/7/2004
AFRICA - Labour inspectors are at the scene where a bridge collapsed in Cleveland, south-east of Johannesburg today. Twelve people sustained injuries in the accident which happened during wet weather....

Unsafe Bridge Closed 'indefinitely' - 7/7/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - A hazardous bridge has forced the closing of a main route between Route 6 and Lake Carey until further notice....

Walking Bridge That Soars - 7/7/2004
CALIFORNIA - Some people visit Europe and return with leather boots or a tweed cap. Philanthropists from this former timber capital returned with a Calatrava -- and anyone in California who loves design is in their debt....

Penndot Discusses Options For Replacing Bridge - 7/7/2004
PENNSYLVANIA - While community debate continues on what should be done to replace Mood's Covered Bridge in East Rockhill Township, PennDOT officials said this week they are still discussing their options regarding the historic span destroyed in a suspected arson fire on June 22....

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