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 […]

A Brief History of Bridges Since the Beginning of Time

Have you ever thought about how bridges came to be? Let’s go back in time and take a look at the earliest and simplest bridges and explore how they evolved into the modern marvels they are today. What is a bridge? Before a bridge was a structure, it was a concept.  The earliest humans imagined […]

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. […]