Lessons Learned: Bridge Innovations That Came Out of Failures

Designers and engineers study past bridge issues and failures to learn how to build better structures in the future. Every new design and technological advancement is the result of lessons learned over thousands of years of bridge-building history.  From the earliest stone and wood plank structures to today’s marvels of modern technology, every evolution has […]

How to Start a Bridge Preservation Program

Funds for maintaining bridges and building new ones are extremely tight these days. Federal and local governments aren’t providing the dollars needed to keep structures in working order. That’s why many municipalities and other organizations that own and manage bridges are looking for ways to make them last longer. One of the best ways to […]

The Pros and Cons of Cashless Toll System

It seems that more agencies and municipalities are implementing cashless toll collection systems. Some use electronic readers, such as E-ZPass, to automatically charge drivers for crossing bridges and driving on roads. Others use systems that snap photos of license plates. The images are used to track travel, and drivers are billed based on these records. […]

Five Ways to Limit Environmental Impact on Bridge Projects

Are you concerned about the effect that environmental regulations could have on your bridge maintenance and construction projects?   Do you want to avoid causing harm to animals, birds, rare plants, or waterways? Would you like to limit emissions that pollute the air and increase global warming and climate change? Do you worry that you might […]

Six Ways to Improve Snow and Ice Removal From Bridges and Roads

Winter is fast approaching. Are you looking for ways to make snow and ice removal from bridges and roads in your area faster, safer and more efficient? Check out these cutting-edge ideas that can help make your road crews more effective. 1. Learn from delivery companies. Who is better at getting from one place to […]

The State of Bridges Across the U.S.: The Good

The American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report card every four years that rates infrastructure across the United States, including bridges and roads. We combed through the data in the most recent report to identify the states with bridges in the worst and best condition. Then we ranked them and came up with recommendations […]