BUILD Grants: A Source of Funding for Bridge Projects That You Don’t Know About

The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program is a competition that makes it possible for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to identify and invest in bridge, road, and other transportation projects that benefit American communities.  The BUILD grant initiative was previously known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) […]

New Rules: Simpler Environmental Impact Regulations

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) recently announced new rules that significantly update and modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the first time in more than 40 years. The updated rules are documented in the “Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act.” The changes […]

Lessons American Cities Can Learn From a Bridge Disaster in Italy

Italy is half a world away from the United States. What could cities here possibly learn from a bridge collapse that happened there?  Quite a bit, as it turns out. The Italian calamity shows what may happen if things don’t change soon in the U.S. Will legislators and government officials learn from it? Let’s start […]

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 […]