What Happens When Vehicles Stop Crossing Bridges?

Who would have thought that this would be a question that anyone would ever need to think about?  But today, many municipalities are asking exactly that.  The bridge revenue crisis One of the countless impacts of stay-at-home orders and reduced business activity during the coronavirus pandemic is a devastating decline in bridge tolls and gas […]

The Latest: How COVID-19 Is Impacting Bridge- and Road-Related Operations

Roads & Bridges Media has been conducting an ongoing survey of people in bridge- and road-related industries to find out how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting them and their operations.  The respondents work at engineering firms, departments of transportation and other government agencies, contracting businesses, companies that supply building and other materials, businesses that provide […]

Bridge Infrastructure Spending: It’s Back on the Table … Again

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on all aspects of everyone’s lives and the economy. Even those who design, inspect, maintain, and manage bridges, who are generally not hard hit by economic shifts, have experienced stay-at-home orders and significant work slowdowns. However, there could be good news for people who work on and […]

The COVID-19 Crisis Could Pave the Way for Increased Bridge Infrastructure Spending

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the global economy upside down. Not since the Great Depression has anything happened that’s caused so much uncertainty in people’s everyday lives, throughout the business community, and across the financial markets. Recent legislation passed by Congress may avert an immediate economic and financial collapse in the United States. The main […]

How to Make Bridges Earthquake Proof

The recent earthquakes in California have more and more people thinking about the safety of bridges in areas that experience high levels of seismic activity. Unfortunately, the current situation isn’t good. Many bridges in the United States, especially older ones built before modern seismic codes were developed, are unable to handle significant seismic loads. They […]

How To Prepare Bridges for Wildfire Season

These days, it’s wildfire season all year long. In previous decades, the North American wildfire season typically lasted through the summer and into the fall. It was centered in the warmer and drier areas of the southern and western United States. The fires were fueled by hot summer weather, strong winds and dry conditions.  However, […]

A Cautionary Tale: Lessons From Last Year’s Morandi Bridge Collapse

Did you know: Last year’s devastating Morandi Bridge disaster, which killed 43 people in Genoa, Italy, is directly connected to a well-known fashion company, one that you’ve probably purchased sweaters from? For many years prior to the disaster, the company’s association with the bridge was identified as a significant risk to the stability of the […]