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Preventing Crevice Corrosion in New and Existing Steel Structures

by Eric Shoyer and Pete Ault, Elzly Technology Corporation; and Peter McDonagh and Brian Prazenka, Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority

Bolted joints in steel structures contain multiple crevices between the bolted member...

Focus On: FRPs for Bridges

by Gregg Blaszak, P.E., Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, LLC

Thin-Film Coatings for Protecting Reinforced Concrete Bridge Elements

by Bobby Meade, Greenman Pedersen, Inc.; Derrick Castle, The Sherwin-Williams Company; and Theodore Hopwood II and Sudhir Palle, University Of Kentucky

Steel reinforced concrete bridge components are deteriorating prematurely, especially...

Moving Beyond the 25-Year Coating

by Todd Williams and Ahren Olson, Covestro LLC, and Paul Vinik, Florida Department of Transportation

Zinc-rich primers have been well studied, yet specifying inorganic (IOZ) or organic z...

Troubled Bridge Over Salt Water

by Michael O. Woodward, Carboline Company

Surrounded by high-rise buildings and crossing the Miami River, the Miami Avenue Brid...

Sustainable Steel Bridge Maintenance: The Role of Paint in a Life-Cycle Assessment

by The CEPE Protective Coatings Sector Technical Committee

Coating manufacturers have long contended that the extended maintenance intervals mad...

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Bedeviled Bridges: An Answer to a National Scandal

by Dr. Mike O’Donoghue and Vijay Datta, International Paint LLC, and
Glenn Hollins, Vision Integrity Engineering Ltd

The authors explore the performance of a high-ratio calcium sulfonate alkyd coating t...

Hunting for the Scope of Work

by Troy Fraebel, ABKaelin, LLC, and Chuck Fite, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Duplex Coatings on Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Bridges

by Bobby Meade, Greenman-Pedersen Inc.; and Sudhir Palle and Theodore Hopwood II, University Of Kentucky

Bridges have been historically designed for a theoretical 50-year service life but in...

Evaluation of Surface Preparation Methods to Remediate Chlorides on Bridges

by Bobby Meade, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.; Michael Baase, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; and Theodore Hopwood Ii and Sudhir Palle, University Of Kentucky

The cost of maintaining a protective coating during the service life of a bridge can ...

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Failure of a Bridge Deck Topcoat

by Warren Brand, Chicago Corrosion Group, LLC.

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Shop Coat Versus Field Coat: the Pros and Cons

by Charles S. Brown, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

There seems to be a trend for bridge owners to believe that applying all three coats ...

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When Size Matters: Determining Efficient Blast Containment Size With Brooklyn Bridge Project Data

by Guerman Vainblat, PE, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. and Timur Kolchinskiy, EIT, Hirani Engineering

For this article, the authors compiled and analyzed three years of data collected dur...

Bridges, Roads & Paths

Holding Patterns

Painting Bolted Bridge Connections

by Kenneth A. Trimber, KTA-Tator, Inc.

This article explains painting faying surfaces, bolt holes and fasteners on bridges i...

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MnDOT’s Approach to Improving Bridge Maintenance Painting Operations

by Sarah K. Sondag, P.E., Senior Engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Richard A. Burgess, PCS, Senior Coatings Consultant, KTA-Tator, Inc.

In 2013, MnDOT concluded that it needed a more uniform method to rate the condition o...

Two-Coat Polyaspartic Urethane Coatings Protect Virginia Steel Bridges For Over A Decade

by Ahren Olson and Todd Williams, Covestro LLC; Mark Hudson, The Sherwin-Williams Company; C. Wayne Fleming, Virginia Department of Transportation

Over the past decade, more than 100 steel bridges in the state of Virginia have been ...

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What You See Isn’t Always What You Get: The Problem with Aesthetics

by Rick A. Huntley, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc. Richard A. Burgess, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

The Mystery of the Failing Bridge Paint

Basic Training: Maintaining an Old Icon with a New Technology

by Greg Peters, SABRE Autonomous Solutions, and Dr. Gavin Paul, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

The authors outline the development and implementation of Rosie and Sandy, two autono...

On Top of the World - Rudy Hudale, Avalotis Corporation

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$22.4M bridge rehab contract awarded

Problems with galvanizing

by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E., PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc. Richard A. Burgess, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

Liquid-Applied Waterproofing Membrane for Bridge Decks

by Dudley J. Primeaux II, PCS, CCI, Joseph Haydu, CEO, and Jonathan Haydu, Bridge Preservation LLC

This article describes the use of liquid applied waterproofing membrane as a method o...

On when to waterjet bridges

When should you specify ultra-high-pressure (UHP) waterjetting on bridges?

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FEVE Technology for Higher Performance Coating Systems on Bridges

by Bob Parker, AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc.

This article describes fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) resin technology for bridge ...

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Jimmie Davis Bridge contract awarded; public picks purple paint

Bridge Coating Performance: Two-Coat vs. Three-Coat Systems

by Shameem A. Khan, Maryland State Highway Administration

The author describes the results of various performance tests to determine whether tw...

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IBC returns to Pittsburgh; Boston hosts ACE14; Mega Rust heads to San Diego

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Abhe & Svoboda Wins Phase II of Huey Long Bridge Contract

Understanding Slip Coefficient and Tension Creep Testing of Coatings Used in Slip-Critical Bolted Connections

by William D. Corbett, PCS, and Carly M. McGee, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc.

The authors will explain the methods and processes of slip coefficient and tension cr...

2013 Annual Coating Systems Buying Guide

by JPCL Staff

The 2013 JPCL Coating Systems Buying Guide lists more than 4,400 recommendations for ...


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Innovative Coating Systems for Steel Bridges: A Review of Developments

by Mike O’Donoghue, Ph.D., Vijay Datta, M.S., Stan Walker, Terry Wiseman, Peter Roberts, and Norb Repman, International Paint LLC

The authors summarize several advances in bridge coating systems made mainly over the...

“Specific Utility” in the Design 6 of Coating Systems for Bridges

by Clive H. Hare

Aetna to Recoat Mt. Hope Bridge

by Charles Lange, Paint BidTracker

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by Charles Lange, Paint BidTracker

From poetry to painting

by Karen Kapsanis, JPCL

Preserving an icon

by Dirk Uebelhoer, Corporate System Engineer, Flooring and Coating, Sika Services AG

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by Charles Lange, Paint BidTracker

The Vincent Thomas Bridge: A Study in Overcoating and QC

by William H. Hansel, Caltrans

This article describes the painting of the Vincent Thomas Bridge's east tower, highli...

North Star To Rehab Parker Bridge

by Charles Lange, Paint BidTracker

Tarpon Industrial To Coat IA-IL Memorial Bridge

by Charles Lange, Paint BidTracker

Atlantic Painting Wins WWTP Contract

by Charles Lange, Paint BidTracker

Concrete Maintenance - Maintain to Sustain

by Fred Goodwin, BASF Corp., Construction Chemicals

In this inaugural article of JPCL's 2012 Top Thinkers: The Clive Hare Honors series, ...

Infrastructure: Age and agendas

by Karen Kapsanis, JPCL

Painted weathering steel vs. painted carbon steel

What is the service life of a painted weathering steel bridge, compared to a painted ...

Restoring and Protecting Bridge Piles

by Carl W. Scheffel, P.E., and H. Michael Simpson, Fox Industries

The authors describe the requirements for repair systems that would be effective on c...

The case of…too many choices

by Eric S. Kline, KTA-Tator, Inc., Richard A. Burgess, Series Technical Editor

The Dunmore Bridge: Challenges in working on a rare and historic bridge

by Mike Rooney, Contract Resources Pty Ltd

Protecting Concrete on the Beijing-Shanghai Railway Bridge

by Huang Weibo, Liu Xudong, Lu Ping, and Ma Xueqiang, Research Institute of Functional Materials, Qingdao Technological University, China.

The authors give a brief history of polyurea use in China, describe the Beijing-Shang...

A case of premature coating failure on the interior surfaces of bridge box girders

by James D. Machen, Senior Coatings Consultant, KTA-Tator, Inc. Richard Burgess, Series Editor, KTA-Tator, Inc.

From alkyds to polysiloxanes: A review of bridge coatings

by Chris McMillan, International Paint, LLC

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Preparing an Inspection Plan for Bridge Maintenance Painting

by William D. Corbett, KTA-Tator, Inc.

This article reviews the purpose and benefits of developing an inspection plan and re...

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SSPC Honors Coating Projects in 5th Annual Structure Awards

by Jodi Temyer, JPCL

SSPC presented the fifth annual structure awards at SSPC 2011 featuring GreenCOAT, h...

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by Alyssa Gallagher, Paint BidTracker

360 Construction Wins Mackinac Bridge Painting Project

The case of the failing railing

Getting the right profile on weathering steel

S&K to Recoat Two Moveable Bridges

by Julie Birch and Alyssa Gallagher, PaintSquare


On Maintaining Suspension Cables on Bridges

What maintenance needs to be carried out on the cables of suspension bridges to prev...

Overcoating the Caruthersville Bridge: Met the Challenges from System Selection to Application and Protection

by Ernst Toussaint, EIT; Ross Sherwood, EIT, Tennessee Department of Transportation; and Scott Stotlemeyer, PE, Missouri Department of Transportation

The authors discuss the unique requirements of the calcium sulfonate system used on t...

Special Paint BidTracker Update on 5 Bridge Jobs

by Brian Churray and Julie Birch, Paint BidTracker

Problem Solving Forum - On preparing concrete for metalizing

Cases from the F-Files: The Case of Improper Selection of a Maintenance Strategy Takes Corrosion Protection from Bad to Worse

by Valerie Sherbondy, Senior Chemist, KTA-Tator, Inc., and Richard Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

Maintenance takes drawbridge from bad to worse

Controlling Traffic on Highway and Bridge Painting Jobs

by Robert Ikenberry, California Engineering Contractors, Inc.

This article gives an overview of traffic control during bridge painting and identifi...

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Klicos Wins Piscataqua River Bridge Approach Painting Bid

Coating System Guide for Bridges

by JPCL Staff

The 2009 JPCL Coating Systems Buying Guide lists more than 10,000 recommendations fo...

Massive Painting Project on Queensboro Bridge Awarded to L&L Painting

by Technology Publishing

L&L Painting Company (Hicksville, NY) has been awarded a contract by the New York Cit...

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Getting the Most out of Your Highway Stimulus Funds: A Perspective

by Robert A. Kogler, Rampart LLC

This article describes the recent infrastructure stimulus funding as a boost that cou...

A Towering Tale of Bridge Coating: How Caltrans Kept Quality High and Costs Low

by W.H. (Bill) Hansel, PCS, California State Department of Transportation

The Vincent Thomas Bridge serves as a major route of transportation in Los Angeles Co...

Accelerated Corrosion of a Pedestrian Bridge

by Cynthia L. O'Malley, KTA-Tator, Inc.; Richard Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc. Series Editor

Anticipating the Service Environment for Proper Coating System Selection

Certified Coatings Wins Bridge Painting Project

by Brian Churray, PaintSquare

A Methodology to Evaluate the Relative Performance of Various Coating Systems

by Shuang-Ling Chong, Federal Highway Administration (retired 2007), and Yuan Yao, SES Group & Associates

This article discusses the various accelerated laboratory test methods that have been...

Association News: Thermal Spray Show Focuses on Expanding Uses

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