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Leapin' Lizards: A Case for Maintenance

Maybe, just maybe, sausage sandwiches, giant lizards and a star-studded biopic promising "98 heart-pounding minutes of incremental maintenance" can accomplish what the politicians, public, l...


Coast Guard Can't Back $74M Bridge

Missing paperwork on a $74 million U.S. Coast Guard-funded upgrade to a railway bridge means that the project may have been mismanaged by millions of dollars, the federal government reports.


WA Sues Trucker in Bridge Collapse

Washington State officials are trying to recoup $17 million they spent to repair a bridge wrecked by a truck driver with an oversized load.


Bay Bridge Test Shows Signs of Cracking

Testing has revealed tiny cracks on one of hundreds of improperly grouted anchor rods that were left to soak in water on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, transportation officials say.


'Super-Strength' Skin Planned for Bridge

London's upcoming garden-turned-bridge will sport a specially developed copper-nickel alloy coating that will reportedly keep the structure maintenance-free for 120 years.


$5M Bridge Contract Awarded in FL

A $5,396,928 contract has been awarded to Coastal Marine Construction of Venice, FL, for rehabilitating the Stickney Point Bridge in Sarasota County, the Florida Department of Transportation...


eBook Brushes Up on Corrosion Coatings

An in-depth look at the rapidly advancing technologies for corrosion-control coatings is the focus of a free new eBook from JPCL.


Company Admits Error in Fatal Collapse

Ohio's largest general contractor has conceded that an "engineering mistake" in its bridge demolition plan may have contributed to a catastrophic collapse that killed one its foremen last mo...


Bridge Breakdown: Mapping the Best Fix

New 3D modeling technology could help engineers identify which parts of a bridge most urgently need repair, helping to alleviate a backlog of structurally deficient bridges, its developers s...


Bridge Collapse is 2nd for FL Road

A large section of a Jacksonville, FL, bridge has dropped into the river beneath it, marking the second time in three years that part of the roadway has become a large, gaping hole.


No Violations Cited in OR Bridge Death

Safety investigators are blaming human error, not the employer, in the death of a bridge worker last fall in Oregon.


Firm to Pay $1.3M in PennDOT Fraud

A Philadelphia-area engineering firm will pay more than $1.3 million to reimburse state and federal transportation agencies for losses due to fraud by the consultant's bridge inspectors.


Painter Tops Lead Cases with $287k Fine

After a dozen federal health and safety cases in 10 years, including a 14th citation for lead hazards, authorities are sending a Chicago painting contractor a six-figure message.


Road, Bridge Aid Tops DOT Budget Plan

Trying yet again to secure stable funding for the U.S.'s crumbling infrastructure network, the Obama Administration has proposed a six-year, $478 billion surface transportation plan overwhel...


Sen. Proposes $1T for Infrastructure

One of two independent U.S. Senators has proposed investing $1 trillion over five years in infrastructure, saying the plan would create 13 million living-wage jobs and make good on a long-ov...


Bridge Coating Firm Fined for Lead

A Florida-based industrial coatings contractor is facing $58,800 in federal fines after receiving 13 serious citations alleging excessive lead exposures during abrasive blasting.


Span Collapse Halts CA Project

A "full investigation" is underway into the massive collapse of a 150-foot-long viaduct under construction as part of an embattled freeway project in California.


MD Bay Bridge Painting Up for Bid

The Maryland Transportation Authority is seeking bids for painting the William Preston Lane Memorial Bridge over the Chesapeake Bay.


Worker Killed in OH Overpass Collapse

A construction worker has perished in the "catastrophic pancake collapse" of a Cincinnati overpass that was being prepared for demolition.


Transportation Gets New Web Resource

A new website with a plethora of ways for transportation officials to communicate and learn has been launched, industry representatives announced.


Report: Novel Design Bred Bridge Woes

Nearly 17 years ago, a room full of engineers, architects and seismologists—many with little or no bridge building experience—voted to use a novel self-anchored suspension span to replace th...


ODOT Cannons Keep Birds off Bridge

Oregon bridge crews are using propane-powered cannons to shoo birds from an interstate lift span—a non-lethal way to discourage starlings from roosting on the bridge.


Bids Sought for Bridge over Hudson River

The New York State Thruway Authority is seeking bids for painting and steel repair on the historic Castleton Bridge over the Hudson River.


Report: Infrastructure Needs $163B

About $163 billion will be needed each year—for the next six years—to fix the aging U.S. surface transportation system, a new report calculates.


Painting JV Cleared; Suspension Lifted

The bird calmly stayed put—while the workers were there, and even after they left. And the one worker's lone fake card could have fooled anyone, especially in his stack of real ones.


2nd Span Collapses at NC College

Hours after a worker was killed in a bridge collapse at Wake Technical Community College, the same span in a similar bridge gave way there.


Cement Pinch Felt Throughout Midwest

Frozen lakes, increased oil demand and plant breakdowns are three of the reasons contractors throughout the Midwest say they are experiencing a cement shortage.


Bridge Collapse at College Kills Worker

A bridge pour for a new pedestrian bridge at a North Carolina community college went fatally awry when the center span collapsed, killing one worker and seriously injuring four others.


Safespan Awarded $5.25M in Patent Case

After nearly eight years, a leading U.S. manufacturer of bridge platforms and scaffolding has prevailed in a legal battle to protect two critical patents against an employee-turned-competito...


PA Awards 558-Bridge Project

And the winner of an $899 million design-build contract to replace 558 Pennsylvania bridges in three years is... Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, comprised of the Plenary Group, The Walsh Gr...


WTC Contractor Indicted in $600M Fraud

A New York City steel contractor and its CEO have been charged with defrauding a federal minority set-aside program to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts on the World Trade ...


Meet Canada's Living, Breathing Bridge

Mother Nature is giving bridge coatings a run for their money in Canada, where an overpass now owes its aesthetic to plants, not paint.


Delaware Bridge Painting Out for Bid

The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) is inviting bids for cleaning and coating the suspended span steel towers on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.


Students Tackle Corrosion in 2 Contests

NACE is challenging students to solve this country's corrosion problems, from bridges to defense systems, in a pair of competitions.


Icons from the Past Secure a Future

Two covered bridges—unique pieces of Americana—will live out their third century with some additional protection.


Bridge Engineer Impostor Fined

He avoided prison for his crimes, but a Pennsylvania contractor will have to muster up another $50,000 fine for forging approvals on hundreds of bridge and highway plans in 13 states, author...


New Water Issues Bedevil Bay Bridge

After spending millions on extensive testing, California officials have revealed a new round of corrosion issues plaguing the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


U.S. Suspends Contractors for DBE Fraud

Two New York construction companies and three people have been debarred from federally funded projects for three years following criminal convictions for a 17-year-long Disadvantaged Busines...


Truckers Ignore Emergency Bridge Limits

Rushing to act after an engineering analysis showed a busy bridge failing, New York State officials imposed emergency load limits on the span—only to have truckers ignore them.


Paris Battles Love for Bridge Control

Fed up with the romantic gesture that is weighing heavy on its bridges, Paris is making a new push to block its lovebirds from "Love Locking" the city’s historic spans.


From China, A Bridge Jump Too Far

One of the world's tallest bridges has just hosted a competition that most people would rather die than enter: seeing who could jump off of it the best. Seriously.


Bridge Engineer Impostor Sentenced

A Pennsylvania contractor who admitted forging the approval of unwitting engineers on hundreds of bridge and highway plans in 13 states has been sentenced to house arrest.


Unpermitted Work Shutters Bridge Site

A staging area for New York City’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project has been shut down after an environmental group reported construction underway without proper permitting.


Voting Opens for DOT Projects

It's time to vote for the 2014 America's Transportation Awards, which recognizes the greatest transportation projects accomplished each year by state Departments of Transportation.


Audit: FHWA Missing Rule Deadlines

As America's two-year transportation bill ticks toward expiration, the Federal Highway Administration is still years behind on implementing some of its required bridge safety and funding pro...


$28M Awarded for PA Bridge Painting

A $28 million contract for cleaning, painting and restoring a Pittsburgh bridge has been awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Fatal Crash Destroys 2 TN Bridges

Repairs are underway in Tennessee to remedy an interstate traffic nightmare after a gas truck exploded, killing the driver and destroying two bridges—one of which was brand new and almost co...


U.S. Bridge, Highway Contracts Slump

State and local government awards for highway and bridge work have declined by nearly 14 percent in the first half of 2014, compared with the same period last year, a new analysis shows.


Public Works of the Year Honored

Twenty-five public-works projects throughout North America are being hailed for their efficient planning and cooperative achievements.


Robot Busts Corrosion on Swiss Bridges

Hard-to-reach spots during bridge inspections are getting a little help from a wall- and ceiling-climbing robot.


Lighter Bridge Stretches its Wings

A new UK bridge boasts the same advanced composite materials as those used in aircraft, allowing the structure to resist weather and last longer without maintenance coating.


Roads, Bridges to Get $333.9M in Relief

Nearly 40 repair projects in 21 U.S. states will get emergency relief funds to address a backlog of maintenance, federal transportation officials say.


DuPont Accused in Bridge-Tipping Storage

Delaware officials are closing in on an answer to a $45 million question: Who is responsible for storing a massive amount of soil next to a busy interstate bridge, causing its piers to tilt?


Bridge Shaken, Not Stirred, in Mega Sim

A gigantic bridge model has survived a tremendous amount of seismic shaking—the equivalent of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake—without collapsing.


In LA, Guns for Infrastructure

Call it the modern equivalent of beating swords into plowshares: melting illegal weapons into materials for bridges and roads.


WV Bidding 3 Major Bridge Jobs

Two bridge coating contracts and one rehabilitation contract are all available for bidding from the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WV DOT).


Psst! Wanna Buy a Bridge?

Oregon's Sellwood Bridge is almost 90 years old, weighs over 3,000 tons, and is chock full of lead paint, but it could all be yours—if the price is right.


Engineering Project Finalists Named

From a complex rail crossing to a research station floating on a block of ice, five projects have been selected as finalists for the American Society of Civil Engineers' most prestigious awa...


Bridge Issues Raise Criminal Concerns

California transportation officials are in the hot seat over allegations of poor construction and whistleblower retaliation on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


BrIM Software Focuses on Steel

Bridge Information Modeling designed specifically for steel structures has a new option from Bentley Systems.


Steel Steals a Page from Bamboo

Unlikely as it seems, delicate bamboo has taught mighty steel a thing or two about strength and flexibility, researchers report.


Catfish Stall Bridge Replacement Work

Work on a $5.8 million bridge project in Oklahoma has come to a standstill after a change in the bridge's design raised concern with federal officials.


New Charges in PennDOT Scandal

Two more contractors for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have been indicted in a continuing state investigation into "massive and widespread theft, fraud, corruption, and money...


Feds Suspend Painting JV for Fraud

An industrial painting joint venture has been suspended from government contract work following charges of destroying protected nesting sites and hiding employment of undocumented workers on...


Congress OKs 11th-Hour Highway Bill

With backs to the wall and less than three hours to act, the U.S. Congress agreed Thursday night to put a 10-month, $10.8 billion Band-Aid on the near-empty federal fund that pays for highwa...


4M Pounds Zip into Place

Blink, and you might have missed the recent replacement of two Connecticut highway bridges.


Rural Roads Risking Lives, Livelihoods

“Significant deficiencies and high fatality rates” are exacting a deadly toll on rural U.S. roads and bridges, with crashes and death rates nearly three times higher than on all other roads,...


Protective Line Offers 3 Systems

Sherwin-Williams’ Protective and Marine Coatings has launched three polyaspartic urethanes, each suited for a different shop or field coating challenge.


Worker Dies in MO Bridge Fall

An investigation is underway into the death of an electrician who fell from a bridge project in Kansas City, MO.


NTSB Lays Blame in Bridge Collapse

Poor route planning, insufficient signage, and cell-phone calls all led to a rig crash that took down Washington's Skagit River Bridge last year, federal investigators have concluded.


New Bridge Already Needs New Paint

Although well shy of its first birthday, the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge already needs to be repainted, according to a new report.


Heat Turns Yellowstone Road to ‘Soup’

A tourist route in Yellowstone National Park was ordered closed this month when the road's asphalt melted during a period of warmer-than-usual temperatures.


Company Cited After Two Fatalities

An Alabama construction company faces $54,500 in proposed penalties after two workers were killed in falls from an interstate bridge project in January.


Bridge Design Boasts Seismic Stability

Researchers say they have a new design for a bridge framework that will improve earthquake resistance and reduce damage.


Brazil Bridge Collapses, Kills 2

Two people have been killed and at least 22 injured in Brazil in the collapse of an overpass under construction onto a busy roadway.


Construction Materials Giants Merge

Martin Marietta Materials has become the largest U.S. producer of aggregates and heavy building materials, with the completion of its $2.7 billion takeover of Texas Industries, the companies...


Several Injured in Bridge Wall Collapse

A 25-foot section of decorative stone gave way from the Brooklyn Bridge's underpass Wednesday (July 2) night, injuring several people who were taking shelter from the heavy rains drenching N...


DOT Cuts Set as Highway Fund Fades

The U.S. transportation chickens are coming home to roost, carrying a plan to start cutting federal aid to every state—and soon.


Report: 6 Ways to Rebuild America

Fresh thinking, modern technology and, of course, money are the tools that could revive America's crumbling infrastructure, according to a new report.


Seattle Awards $2.8M Bridge Painting

A $2.88 million contract to clean and recoat structural steel on the 502-foot-long Fremont Bridge in Seattle has been awarded to Purcell Painting and Coatings of Tukwila, WA.


OSHA Poses $72K in Teen Worker’s Death

An international construction company is facing $72,000 in proposed penalties and numerous violations in the death of a teenage worker who was crushed by an 1,800-pound bridge panel.


Bridge Bot Honored for Innovation

U.S. engineers are toasting an innovative robotic bridge inspection tool for its impact on the future of assessing structural health.


SSPC Seeking Superlative Structures

Daring bridge projects, artistic tanks, shipshape vessels and other striking coating projects are all eligible for 2015 SSPC Structure Awards, with nominations now open.


DE Discovers Bridge Storage Issues

Cars, dirt and even military vehicles are being stored under major bridges in Delaware—conditions similar to those recently found near damaged supports of an interstate span that had to be c...


Concrete Disbonds on New ‘Stan Span’

A four-month-old, $667 million bridge over the Mississippi River has already undergone repairs, after several areas failed to bond to the deck panel.


Paris Bridge is for Too Many Lovers

Police evacuated a Paris footbridge Sunday (June 8) after a section of railing collapsed under the weight of padlocks left behind by love-struck tourists.


Audit Finds Skipped Bridge Inspections

The agency that oversees several New York City bridges failed to perform 47 inspections on structures that were already identified as potentially hazardous, a state audit claims.


Tilting Piers Close Interstate Bridge

A Delaware bridge that carries part of a major East Coast transportation artery has been closed indefinitely after several columns shifted nearly two feet out alignment.


Two Killed on CA Bridge Project

Two construction workers fell 80 feet to their death when their crane-hoisted basket broke free Friday (May 30) on a bridge project outside of Sacramento, CA.


Mural Goes Up Before Road Goes Down

A 62-foot section of a doomed double-deck highway in Seattle just got a bright yellow paint job, costing the city nearly $10,000 and leaving some locals scratching their heads.


Rejected NY Painting Contract Back On

A $4.7 million bridge painting contract rejected by New York State officials is back on, after the Department of Transportation said an independent monitor would watch over the contractor's ...


NYC Bridge Crews Loathe Love Locks

Hooking padlocks to the Brooklyn Bridge may be the latest romantic must for the lovestruck, but it’s become a big safety and corrosion headache for transportation officials.


$7M Bridge Painting Up for Bid

The Alabama Department of Transportation is seeking bids for the rehabilitation, cleaning, and recoating of the historic O’Neal Bridge.


New Bay Bridge Defect Spurs Concern

Steel rods that anchor the massive suspension cable on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have shifted since installation and are now too close to sharp plates inside the bridge, state...


Worker Killed in Overpass Collapse

A California demolition worker tethered to a railroad bridge was killed this weekend when “something came loose where it wasn’t supposed to” and the bridge collapsed onto a freeway, authorit...


Why Build a Bridge Too Far?

He was no engineer, but the kid who looked out over the Tappan Zee Bridge from his bedroom every day knew when something didn't make sense.


Bridge Workers Thwart Suicide Attempt

Two bridge mechanics in Portland, OR, are being credited with saving a young man’s life when they prevented him from jumping off a bridge.


Fire Collapses Bridge onto Interstate

A fire sparked by a blowtorch and fueled by strong winds has wiped out nearly two months of construction work on a $59 million California interstate project.


Bay Bridge Fixes Could Add Millions

Crucial components for the seismic stability of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge top a list of flaws that could add millions of dollars in maintenance to what is already the world's ...


Officials Probe SC Bridge Failure

Investigators in South Carolina were still puzzling Thursday (May 1) over the collapse of a 20-foot section of bridge that derailed railroad cars passing below it.


DOT Budget Bill Aims to ‘Grow America’

“Transformative transportation projects” that will save bridges, strengthen roads, extend rail, stabilize funding, improve safety, and employ millions of Americans are the promise of a $302 ...


$500K Paid for Unwanted Bridge Designs

A famous architect was paid a half-million dollars for unsolicited design ideas for two large bridge projects, a new report says.


$28M Awarded for Bridge Painting

A $28,638,941 contract has been awarded to Certified Coatings Co. of Fairfield, CA, for cleaning and painting operations on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the California Department of Trans...


Report: 63K Bridges Await Federal Fix

At least 63,000 bridges in the U.S. are structurally compromised, including hundreds on heavily traveled urban interstate highways, a new report says.


Illinois Bridge Goes AWOL

He doesn’t know where, when, why, how or by whom, but Greene County Sheriff Rob McMillen is sure of one thing.


OH River Bridge Slides into History

It traveled only 55 feet, but the journey of a half-mile steel truss from its temporary piers to permanent ones has earned the Milton-Madison Bridge a place in bridge-building history.


Honored Steel Bridges Show their Mettle

The engineering marvel that is the steel bridge—short or long, vehicular or pedestrian, venerable or brand new—showed an array of winning faces in the 2014 Prize Bridge Awards Competition, a...


$3M+ Bridge Painting Up for Bid

The City of Seattle is seeking bids for coatings work on the Fremont Bridge—a contract estimated at $3.3 million to $3.7 million.


Corrosion Reported on New Bay Bridge

Cable sections supporting the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are showing signs of corrosion seven months after the bridge opened to traffic, an investigation by The Sacrame...


Audit Bashes Louisiana Bridge Checks

Louisiana’s nearly 2,000 structurally deficient bridges aren’t getting the attention they deserve because of neglected inspections and billions in backlogged maintenance, state auditors have...


Rogue Barges to Cost Team $1M Monthly

One. Two. Three strikes, you’re out—out a million bucks a month, that is. That’s the warning to a construction team on a New York bridge project after its construction barges broke loose on ...


1 Contract: 5 Years, 500 New Bridges

Pennsylvania officials are inviting four teams to submit proposals for one contract to replace more than 500 bridges in less than five years.


Fashioning a Fix for Medieval Bridge

Bridges are the new black in Italy, where fashion-funded infrastructure projects are becoming a more common, if not controversial, way to boost cash-strapped public funds.


100-Foot Span Slides into Place

Progress on the new $103 million Milton-Madison Bridge project is sliding steadily forward—if, occasionally, in sideways fashion.


KTA’s Kline Hailed for Coatings Career

Eric Kline, executive vice president of KTA-Tator Inc., is being honored for his decades of contributions to advancing coatings technology for the structural steel industry.


Hardhats Mobilize for Highway Funding

More than two dozen U.S. associations and labor unions are preparing to lean on Congress in a big way to secure the Federal Highway Trust Fund before it goes broke.


NY Shuts Down Bridge Painting Contract

New York State officials have rejected a $4.7 million contract to paint 13 bridges, citing “serious concerns” about the state transportation agency's chosen contractor.


Bids Sought for ‘Little Golden Gate’

Bids are being accepted to paint and rehabilitate a 746.5-foot-long suspension pedestrian bridge over the American River in Sacramento, CA.


Troubled Viaduct Develops New Cracks

New cracks discovered on a seismically unstable double-deck highway in Seattle warrant a closer look, transportation officials say.


Painter Perishes in Fall from Bridge

Federal safety authorities are investigating the death of a painter who fell 100 feet from a Louisiana bridge that was undergoing repair.


Public Voting on New Bridge Color

The 46-year-old Jimmie Davis Bridge is due for a new paint job, and the choice of hue has been put to Louisiana's citizens.


GC to Pay $126K in 2 Fatal Accidents

A Wisconsin general contractor has agreed to pay $126,000 in federal penalties to resolve safety citations following two fatal crane accidents in mid-2012.


Decrepit Bridge Refuses to Go Down

A 98-year-old bridge in Maine, said to be in imminent danger of falling, held its own against a round of explosives Thursday (Feb. 27).


Old Bay Bridge May Find New Purpose

While the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has had its share of problems, getting rid of the old structure should be a bit easier, if a novel repurposing idea pans out.


Maintenance, Highways Top DOT Bill

President Obama wants to put a $302 billion tourniquet on a federal transportation budget that is quickly bleeding itself dry and infuse new maintenance funds into aging infrastructure, the ...


3 Nations to Develop Structural Sensors

An international team of engineers will spend the next three years collaborating on a real-time monitoring system to sense potentially catastrophic structural weaknesses before they fail.


Bridge Worker Lands Feet First in Fall

Thiago Santos, 29, probably has eight lives left. He used the first one to land, cat like, on his feet after falling 25 feet from the landmark Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City, NJ.


Bridge Snaps at Funeral, Killing 9

A one-year-old suspension bridge in Vietnam gave way during a funeral procession Monday (Feb. 24), killing nine people, injuring dozens, and spilling the coffin containing the body of a vill...


New Bay Bridge Span Leaking

Hundreds of leaks have sprouted in a supposedly watertight part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's new span, and state transportation officials are trying to determine why.


O, Canada, This Sounds Familiar

ORLANDO-When it comes to industrial protective coatings, what happens in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.) doesn't stay in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.).


Top Coating Projects of 2013 Honored

ORLANDO—Coatings projects dazzling, daring and dangerous joined industry leaders in the winners circle Monday (Feb. 10) as SSPC 2014 opened to a record crowd in Orlando, FL.


eBook Tackles Environmental Controls

Dehumidification, ventilation and other environmental controls can have high-stakes consequences for coating and blasting workers and projects alike.


Bay Bridge Inspectors Rebut Critics

Naysayers who challenged the integrity of officials on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project skewed information to provide a misleading account, a new review contends.


Bids Invited to Paint WV River Bridge

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to clean and recoat the Lower Pleasant Street Bridge in Morgantown, WV.


Bridge Worker Killed on Stadium Project

One bridge worker drowned and another was serious injured when the man-lift to which they were tethered toppled from a floating dock and vanished into the Brazos River in Waco, TX, authoriti...


Inquiry: Bay Bridge Concerns Quashed

Critics were fired or reassigned, safety questions deflected, information suppressed, and a “malicious” lack of transparency shrouded construction of the world's most expensive bridge, a new...


Highway Fund to Drain Before Your Eyes

The federal Highway Trust Fund will start bouncing checks in August, and taxpayers will have a front-row seat to watch the agency go broke.


14 States, 14 Paths for 2014

Where (if anywhere) does infrastructure fall on the radar of America’s governors this year? What are the states’ priorities, and how will they pay for them?


For Rival NFC Bridges, How Tweet It Is

Two West Coast bridges have taken to Twitter to root on their city’s teams in this weekend’s NFC championship playoff game, going “toll to toll” in a friendly battle of #bridgewars.


AIA Pitches Congress on Safety, Funding

Stronger bridges, safer structures, tighter buildings—and a funding mechanism to pay for them all—lead America's architectural agenda for 2014.


Prison, Massive Fines in Historic Fraud

Two former executives of a Pennsylvania bridge concrete manufacturer are headed to prison in what authorities call the largest Disadvantaged Business Enterprise scam in U.S. history.


Broken Bridge to Cost $170M Extra

Design mistakes on a floating bridge megaproject in Washington State are sucking every last cent out of the project’s risk reserve fund, and the state says it will need an additional $170 mi...


Probe of 2 Bridge Deaths Underway

Work is expected to resume this week on an Alabama overpass construction project as investigations continue into the deaths of two workers last week.


Emails Paint Traffic Jam as Revenge

Are deliberate traffic jams on busy public bridges the newest political dirty trick? That's the email-fueled accusation that kept New Jersey's popular governor on the hot seat for two hours ...


$22M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

A $21,874,935 contract for the second phase of painting on the Huey P. Long Bridge has been awarded to Abhe and Svoboda of Prior Lake, MN, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Deve...


Woman Crushed in Steel Bridge Mishap

Authorities are investigating how an open Boston drawbridge came to crush a mother of two as she stood on it last week.


5 New eBooks Offer Coatings Guidance

From bridges to chemical plants, free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for a variety of structures and environments is the focus of five new eBooks published by
JPCL: J...


Bridge, Tunnel Work Top 2014 Outlook

The new year should ring in increased spending on transportation infrastructure, including “record levels” of bridge and tunnel construction spending, a new analysis says.


Report Assails Bay Bridge Assurances

A chorus of safety concerns by independent engineers has rapidly drowned out the fanfare over the recent opening of the new $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


Electricity Jolts Corrosion Research

Researchers have made a shocking discovery about bridge corrosion: Electricity may be able to detect rusting reinforcing steel.


U.S. Violators Reap U.S. Contracts

Major wage and safety law violations involving millions of U.S. workers are not preventing their employers from reaping billions of dollars in federal contracts, according to a new study rel...


Worker Fatally Crushed by Steel Beam

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker at a Massachusetts bridge steel fabricating and coating plant who was killed this week by a 12,000-pound steel beam.


Bridge Paint Hazards Draw $110k Fine

An Illinois railroad faces $110,500 in proposed penalties after allegedly exposing workers to lead-paint hazards during bridge demolition work in Chicago.


New Bridge Inspection Guide Released

The nation’s leading highway and transportation organization has published a new technical guide for agencies that perform element-level bridge inspections.


Feds: Lead Risk for Painters Persists

Lead exposure on the job remains a significant health threat in painting and blasting, despite decades of improvement among other occupations and the general public, a new federal study repo...


Bridge Corrosion Closes MN Highway

A Minnesota interstate has been shut down after corrosion ate away at a bridge support, reportedly to the point that inspectors could see right through it.


Bridge Marvel Wins Engineering Award

China’s Taizhou Bridge—the world’s longest double-span suspension bridge—has taken top honors from the world's leading structural engineering organization.


Critter Bridges Drive Taxpayers Batty

Q: Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? A: He was holding out for his own bridge. And who can blame him, when the public is shelling out right and left to safeguard his furry road-crossing...


Bridge’s 9-Year Paint Job Complete

After nine years and $56 million, the Lewis and Clark Bridge connecting Washington and Oregon finally has a new paint job.


OSHA: Cable Ignored Before Collapse

A Nashville contractor declined to replace a damaged cable on a crane before it collapsed, despite daily inspections showing replacement was needed, federal authorities say.


NY Dismissed from Bridge Painter’s Suit

The City of New York has been released from a multi-defendant lawsuit by a former bridge painter who alleges that his years on the job caused his lung cancer.


Boston Bridge Replaced in One Weekend

A bridge replacement project outside of Boston that normally would have taken close to three years to complete was done in less than three days, state transportation officials announced.


Bids Invited for 5.5-Mile CA Bridge

Estimated at almost $50 million, the California Department of Transportation is seeking bids for the painting of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.


Rig Knocks Bridge onto TX Interstate

As if fixing failing bridges isn't costly enough, Texas must now replace a bridge that was in "very good condition"—until, that is, a tractor trailer knocked it down.


Teen Worker Falls from MN I-90 Bridge

A 19-year-old construction worker has been critically injured in a 45-foot fall from a $187.5 million bridge construction project into a cofferdam, authorities say.


Low Bidders Sue MnDOT over Award

The losing bidders for a $100 million interstate highway construction project in Minnesota have asked the state's Court of Appeals to review the bidding process for the award, which went to ...


Oregon DOT Sued over Bridge Deal

A structural fabricator has sued the Oregon Department of Transportation, alleging the company got a raw deal in a mitigation agreement meant to compensate it for negative impacts of the pro...


Bridge Deck Defects Spark Legal Storm

A bridge deck in Oregon is coming apart just a year after completion, triggering a coast-to-coast legal showdown over who is to blame.


KY Signs Safety Plan with Bridge GC

Kentucky officials have announced an agreement with general contractor Walsh Construction Co. to step up worker safety on the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, but Indiana—Kentucky's ...


Corrosion Blamed for Drooping Bridge

Corrosion caused a concrete pier on a Green Bay bridge to sink two feet, leaving a 400-foot section of the structure sagging across all lanes, Wisconsin officials have determined.


Bids Invited for $5M+ Bridge Painting

The Maryland Transportation Authority is seeking contractors with SSPC-QP 1 and QP 2 certification to clean and paint the Francis Scott Key Bridge over Curtis Bay in Baltimore, MD.


Sudden Sagging Closes WI Bridge

Wisconsin officials have closed a four-lane state bridge indefinitely after a 400-foot section of the structure abruptly dropped about two feet overnight.


Electrocuted Painter’s Widow Gets $3.2M

The family of a painter who was fatally electrocuted while working on a bridge will receive a $3.2 million settlement from utility company Commonwealth Edison, attorneys announced.


New Finish Made for Extreme Weather

Sherwin-Williams has announced a new fluoropolymer urethane coating for structures that require extreme weather durability.


Collapsed Span Reopens Early

Built in 66 days and installed in 19 hours, the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge in Washington State has reopened to traffic—and the entire process can be viewed in just under 90 seconds.


Manufacturers Flag Infrastructure Woes

Calling the deterioration of America's infrastructure a "legacy of past investments," U.S. manufacturers are warning that declining transportation networks will weaken the nation's global co...


Painter Injured on DE Bridge Project

A painter was injured in a fall from a Delaware bridge over the weekend, but details about the fall—particularly the distance—remain unclear.


Modern Service Bridges Ancient Fears

Friday the 13th sparks all kinds of fears—and, not surprisingly, people ready to profit from them.


CA Engineer Pleads Guilty in Smuggling

A former Bay Bridge engineer has admitted trying to smuggle U.S. defense circuitry onto a ship registered to a Chinese manufacturer that supplied steel for the new bridge.


$4.7M Awarded for PA Bridge Rehab

A Pennsylvania painting contractor has received a $4.7 million contract to rehabilitate the 81-year-old Citizens Bridge in Kittanning, PA.


Corruption to Cost Engineering Firm $1M

A once-powerful, now-ruined New Jersey engineering firm with a major portfolio of public and commercial projects will pay $1 million to settle criminal charges that it illegally funneled hun...


New Bay Bridge Trolls for Next Steps

After 24 years, millions of manhours, and billions of dollars expended to get new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge open today, just one question remained: What about the troll?


Bridge Inspector Electrocuted in NY

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a bridge inspector who was electrocuted while working on a steel railroad bridge Monday (Aug. 26) in New York.


PA Limits Weight on 1,000 Bridges

Struggling to manage the third-largest number of structurally deficient bridges in the nation, Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation has announced plans to impose new "risk-based weigh...


Construction Deaths Defy Declining Toll

U.S. construction deaths are back on the rise, even as the overall workplace death toll drops to one of its best records in a generation, the federal government reports.


Broken Bridges Are an India Hotspot

Man-made infrastructure marvels often attract tourist attention in countries all over the world, but in India, busted concrete piers are drawing crowds to areas usually only populated by fis...


Audits Target FHWA’s Bridge Programs

Bridge safety across the United States is getting renewed federal attention with a series of audits aimed at examining the Federal Highway Administration’s management of measures to ensure b...


CA Mulls $20M Bridge Contractor Bonus

A temporary fix has the on-again, off-again opening of California’s Bay Bridge back on, but bridge officials question whether the contractor implicated in the delays should now receive a $20...


NACE Offers Free Bridge Corrosion Paper

A white paper on how and why highway bridges corrode, along with solutions for low-cost control methods, is now available for free download from NACE International.


Public Works Construction Growing

Despite a slow economy, the new-construction market is expected to see a slight recovery in 2013, aided by modest growth from large bridge and public works projects, a midyear analysis shows...


$11M Bridge Painting Awarded

The Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded an $11,981,648 contract to Geronimo Painting Co. Inc., of Lisbon, OH, to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the North...


You’re Stuck? There’s An App for That

Apps already flag road and transit glitches, but a new version helps aggravated commuters act on their beef, in the form of an instant note to the appropriate elected official.


Painter’s Death Halts Bridge Work

The death of a bridge painter has shut down work on two Rhode Island bridges, while contractors work to develop a new safety plan, authorities announced.


‘Internet of Things’: Safety’s Future?

The world is getting its first glimpse into how machine-to-machine wireless communication (the so-called "Internet of Things") could change the face of preventive maintenance for bridges and...


Knit Wits Spin a Good Bridge Yarn

Protective coatings do a great job of keeping corrosion off bridges, but they don't exactly convey a warm, fuzzy feeling. For that, fortunately, there's Knit the Bridge, a grassroots communi...


Floating Bridge Changes Cost DOT $81M

After owning up to its mistakes, the Washington Department of Transportation will pay the price: about $81 million in change orders to the multibillion-dollar SR 520 bridge replacement proje...


Senate Prioritizes Crumbling Bridges

Bridges that need some urgent TLC could see an extra boost in funding after the Senate passed an amendment to its proposed transportation and housing bill prioritizing bridges in critical co...


Feds: Heat Caused Fatal Bridge Collapse

Record heat was to blame in a fatal train derailment last summer that collapsed a bridge, sending the entire structure and dozens of loaded freight cars crashing onto the street below, a fed...


Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge Opens

The world’s longest cable-stayed bridge opened at the stroke of midnight Thursday (July 18) in China, after four and a half years of construction.


Cortec Unveils MCI Concrete Sealer

Cortec Corp. has introduced a single-component penetrating concrete sealer with the company's migrating corrosion inhibitor (MCI) technology for bridges, highways, parking decks and other st...


Teflon Trick Makes Bridge Move Quick

A sticky situation found a slick solution when engineers in Oregon decided to move a 3,400-ton, one-piece bridge by sliding it along tracks covered in Teflon and liquid dish soap.


Steel Saddle Can’t Save Bridge Schedule

Repairing dozens of broken bolts on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will push back the span's highly anticipated Labor Day opening by months, officials have conceded.


SSPC Seeks Structure Award Nominations

SSPC members have until Oct. 15 to submit nominations for the 2013-14 Annual Structure Awards.


Chinese Steel Riles U.S. Bridge Group

The U.S. steel bridge industry is firing back at a new report describing the growing use of Chinese bridge steel and alleging lack of “bridge expertise at home.”


Stan the Man Gets His Span

In the bottom of the ninth, Stan Musial and the veterans have tied for naming rights to the Mississippi River's next major bridge project.


Flooding Erodes Bridge, Derails Train

A corroded bridge over a flooding river gave way, derailing a train carrying flammable petroleum products in Alberta.


Bridge Projects in MO, AZ, PA Kill 3

Devastating bridge construction accidents in three states have claimed the lives of three workers in 10 days, authorities report.


GAO: 1 in 4 U.S. Bridges Deficient

Recent bridge collapses in Washington State, Missouri and elsewhere attest to more bottom-line bad news just delivered to Congress: A significant share of U.S. bridges is in dicey condition.


Mega-Bridge Picks Main Coating Supplier

Designed to last 120 years, a monstrous bridge project in China recently announced the coatings supplier for the main portion of work.


Historic Bridge Restoration Up for Bid

The Arizona Department of Transportation is accepting bids for the long-delayed renovation of the century-old Chevelon Creek Bridge—a project estimated at $1,379,000.


Glass Flake Epoxy Made for Bridges

Sherwin-Williams has developed a glass flake epoxy-based paint—originally developed for offshore structures in the North Sea—for use on bridges and highways.


Worker Dies From Fall-Related Injuries

A construction worker has died several days after falling from the Lower Perry Bridge in La Grande, OR.


Bridge Worker Hit by Falling Bucket

A worker on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Baltimore, MD, was seriously injured on Tuesday, June 4, after a five-gallon paint bucket fell, striking him on the head.


Bridge Mishap Leaves Painters Hanging

Two bridge painters can thank their fall protection for saving their lives after a support platform gave way and left them dangling from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in New York.


At 81, Sydney Bridge Preps for Facelift

Q: How many painters does it take to paint a coat hanger? A: 50, when the hanger in question is the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Spider Improves Lifeline System

Spider, a division of SafeWorks LLC, has revamped its SpiderLine lifeline system for workers on bridges, building construction, rooftops and other elevated surfaces.


Train Wreck Brings Down MO Bridge

Federal transportation investigators are combing the scene of the nation’s second bridge collapse in less than a week.


Load Mishap Cited in WA Bridge Collapse

Slammed by a rig hauling an oversized load, a Washington State bridge has collapsed, plunging two cars and three people into the frigid Skagit River.


Painter Electrocuted on Bridge Project

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker on a Kentucky bridge painting project that has been fast-tracked for early completion.


Bids Invited for Covered Bridge Rehab

Pennsylvania is seeking contractors for coating and rehabilitation work on historic Schlicher's Covered Bridge, which spans Jordan Creek in the midst of a county-owned game preserve.


Obama Urges Faster Track for Projects

Calling for more green lights and less red tape, President Obama has announced an initiative to halve the time needed to launch infrastructure construction projects.


Worms Make $3M Meal of Bridge

Worms are the likely culprits behind $3 million worth of damage that will likely delay a coastal bridge project in southern California by a year.


The Robotic Future of Bridge Inspection

Robotic inspectors could soon be sweeping across the nation's bridges, collecting data and sending important structural information to their human counterparts.


Lights Bridge Art and Infrastructure

Combining art and infrastructure, two U.S. cities are marking milestones by projecting their pride in lights on bridges.


Agency Probed on Bad Bolt Decision

Legislators grilled California Department of Transportation officials on Tuesday, May 14, about the decision-making process that led to building the new Bay Bridge eastern span with galvaniz...


Bridge Bill Leverages Foreign Capital

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has proposed a bill to fix deteriorating roads and bridges using taxes and dividends from overseas corporations with shareholders in the U.S.


IL No Fan of ‘Stan the Span’ Plan

Stan “the Man” Musial may be a worthy bridge namesake to his adoring fans in Missouri, but Illinoisans aren't feeling the love for the pitch on behalf of the late baseball great.


Feds Do the Math on Maintenance

“Pay now or pay later” is the mantra of those who support rigorous maintenance of bridges, highways and other infrastructure.


Historic NJ Bridge Rehab Awarded

The Great Falls Bridge, a historic span that once appeared in the TV show The Sopranos, will undergo rehabilitation by Anka Painting of Palisades Park, NJ.


Historic Bridge Projects Get $3B Boost

Three major bridge projects connecting Staten Island and New Jersey have taken a $3 billion step forward, juiced by new funding approvals from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


Bids Invited for WV Bridge Painting

The second and final phase of cleaning and painting work on West Virginia's Hospital Bridge is now up for bid, following the project's $2.4 million first phase.


Bay Bridge Bolts Lacked Extra Testing

Missing paperwork, ignored testing, and hydrogen—all problems flagged years ago—potentially contributed to the newly cracked bolts on California’s Bay Bridge, state transportation officials ...


Bridge Problems Spur Shake-Up at WSDOT

Multimillion-dollar mistakes on a new, floating bridge near Seattle have cost the state’s lead engineer his job and fueled new legislation aimed at holding transportation officials responsib...


U.S. Green-Lights International Bridge

To cheers from both sides of the border, President Obama has signed a Presidential Permit that clears the way for construction of a new $1 billion bridge linking Canada and the United States...


Obama Proposes 6% DOT Hike in 2014

The nation's beleaguered bridges, pipelines, roads, rail systems, ports, airports, maritime operations and transit systems could begin upgrades in FY 2014, if President Obama's $77 billion b...


Vietnam Slays a Dragon of a Project

A massive fire-breathing dragon is standing guard over a Vietnamese river. But there’s no princess to save on the other side. What this dragon is rescuing is a coagulated transportation prob...


‘Pay to Play’ Charges Threaten Projects

The future of some public-works and other major construction projects in the Northeastern U.S. is uncertain following the indictment of a New Jersey engineering firm and seven executives in ...


Bids Sought for $5M+ LA Bridge Contract

Bids to clean and paint almost 10 million pounds of steel on a Louisiana bridge will be opened April 24, transportation officials announced.


Bad Bolts Snag Bay Bridge Work

Construction on the east span of California’s new Bay Bridge has hit a snag after workers discovered over 30 broken bolts on the new eastern span, state transportation officials announced.


Audit Rips Caltrans on Bridge Testing

California Department of Transportation employees falsified concrete testing data, were paid for work they did not perform, and stole steel beams and other materials from state project sites...


Eco-Bridges Ease Wildlife Commute

Forget the carpool lane. Deer, bears, wild boar and even crabs are commuting in style, with “eco-bridges” popping up on transportation agendas around the world.


A Bridge Abridged: Thieves Swipe Span

Extreme scrap metal collecting has worked its way from Pennsylvania to Turkey, where thieves have made off with a 22-ton bridge—the second known heist of its kind.


NYC Invites Bridge Inspection Bids

New York City’s Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is requesting expressions of interest for construction administration and inspection services for repairs on the Verrazano-Narrows Brid...


Engineers Give U.S. Infrastructure a D+

When the good news is that your grade has improved to a D+, there isn't much good news—but that is the current state of U.S. infrastructure, the nation's civil engineers say.


Scissor Lift Topples, Kills 2 at Port

Two public-works employees were killed and a third was critically injured when a scissor lift they were working from toppled over in Port Everglades, FL,, hurling them several stories to the...


Bridge Implosion Knocks Out Power, 911

A scheduled bridge implosion in Texas sparked an unscheduled communications failure Sunday that knocked out power to cell phones, first responder radios, and even 911 call centers.


Ruling: Communications Doomed Worker

One emergency radio system—rather than a protracted chain of cell-phone calls—could have helped save the life of bridge worker Tilden Billiot, a federal review panel has concluded.


$10M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

The Blue Bridge will bring $10,070,000 in green to an Ohio painting contractor, under a newly awarded cleaning and coating contract.


Bridge, Highway Work Hits the Brakes

Contract awards for bridge and highway projects have been scaled back in nearly half of U.S. states in the past year, a new report shows.


New eBook Aids Bridge Coating Selection

Free expert technical guidance on selecting and specifying bridge coatings is the focus of a new eBook published by JPCL: The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


Corrosion Closes Oldest Vehicle Bridge

A snapped cable has forced the closure of the oldest vehicular suspension bridge still in use in the United States, West Virginia transportation officials said this week.


Fired, Injured RR Workers to Get $1.1M

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has been ordered to pay more than $1.1 million and clear the records of three employees, including a bridge worker, whom it allegedly fired after they were injur...


WSDOT Announces Bridge Coating Project

Washington State is seeking proposals for cleaning and recoating the Nisqually River Bridges—a contract estimated at $5 million to $7.5 million.


WSDOT Admits Blame for Bridge Flaws

Already plagued with problems, floating-bridge construction in Seattle will now cost tens of millions of dollars more after state transportation officials conceded that their own design mist...


NY Auctions Off Brooklyn Bridge Paint

Extra paint from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge is now the property of a few lucky bidders after it was recently auctioned off by New York state officials.


80-Year-Old Bridge Free to Good Home

Attention history buffs, bridge geeks, or anyone with land to spare and access to a construction crew: the Illinois Department of Transportation has a deal for you. Well, sort of.


Obama Details ‘Fix it First’ Plan

Cutting red tape, increasing private investment, and designating $40 billion for urgent repairs are the three cornerstones of President Obama's new plan for U.S. infrastructure.


‘Stan the Span’ to Honor Musial, Worker

A plan to name the newest Mississippi River bridge after St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan ‘the Man’ Musial and a worker who died on the project is moving forward in Missouri.


Maine Awards $2M+ Bridge Painting

Maine's Joshua L. Chamberlain Bridge, named for the state's famous Civil War son, will be getting a $2.1 million facelift from Olympus Painting Contractors Inc., of Tarpon Springs, FL.


Uptick Seen for 2013 Transit Aid

State and local funding for highway, bridge, and other transportation-related construction projects inched up to just over $117 billion in 2012, and the industry should squeeze out some gain...


Texas A&M Launches Corrosion Center

Today's professionals and tomorrow's recruits in the war on corrosion, especially in the oil and gas sector, will have the help of a new national corrosion center focusing on the field's sci...


Survivors May Get Steel from MN Bridge

Some of the nine million pounds of steel from the fallen Interstate 35W bridge in Minnesota may be pieced off to survivors of the bridge collapse as a solemn memorial.


$2.3M Awarded for Coronado Bridge

A big section of San Diego's scenic Coronado Bay Bridge is in for a $2.3 million facelift by Certified Coatings, of Concord, CA.


New Concrete May Extend Bridge Life

A new concrete material that uses lightweight aggregates to absorb internal moisture that inevitably seeps in over time is fast finding a home in the decks of Indiana's newest bridges.


Free eBook Focuses on Bridge Coating

Safety, quality, decision-making and other hands-on issues vital to a successful coating project are among the topics of a new, free eBook available from JPCL.


Bridge Inspector’s Fatal Fall Probed

Federal authorities are investigating the death of an engineer who plunged 140 feet in a fall from a New York City bridge he was inspecting earlier this month.


Golden Gate Needs Extra Rust Repairs

Extensive corrosion found this month on the Golden Gate Bridge will require more immediate repairs and extra funding for the current seismic retrofitting contract.


Lead Paint Ups Bridge Price

Local officials in a Florida county were recently surprised to learn that a bridge under renovation contains unsafe levels of lead, causing them to have to fork over an extra $769,497 on the...


Dutch Design Futuristic Highway

A futuristic highway that uses glow-in-the-dark, solar-powered paint to light up the road at night and warn drivers of treacherous conditions could change the future of travel for Dutch driv...


$31M Awarded for MD Bridge Job

Liberty-Alpha III J.V., LLC, of Campbell, OH, has been awarded a $31,380,000 contract to clean and paint structural steel on a portion of Maryland's Memorial Bay Bridge, over Chesapeake Bay....


$17.6M ‘Big Mac’ Painting Contract Let

Atsalis Bros. Painting Co. has won a contract valued at $17.6 million to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the Mackinac Bridge.


Fire, Explosions Test Bridge Columns

Researchers are using explosives and extreme fire to test a new style of bridge column that could possibly withstand events like earthquakes or a major blast.


Officials Seek $7M in Bridge Collapse

Kentucky officials are seeking $7.1 million after emergency repairs were required when a cargo ship struck a bridge, essentially cutting it in half and causing the span to collapse last Janu...


WI Contractor Fined in 2nd Crane Death

Two Wisconsin construction firms are being held liable for a fatal crane collapse at a bridge construction site last year—the second death in three months for one of the contractors.


Corrosion Stirs Removal of Tunnel Panels

Scores of 100-pound coated metal panels have been removed from two Boston tunnels after one broke from its frame and fell, authorities say.


U.S. Drives for Less Rust on the Road

Is there a solution to the thousands of miles of guardrails rusting away along American highways? The federal government is gambling yes, with a new request for proposals to find the best me...


Engineers Dance to Structure’s Song

Listen up: Tuning into how a highway bridge sings in the rain can tell engineers a lot about the span's structural integrity, engineers at Brigham Young University have determined.


USACE Awards $2.6M in Bridge, Dam Work

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $2.6 million contract to a Tennessee firm to rehabilitate the Canton Lake Bridge and four sluice gates at the Canton Dam in Canton, OK.


Concrete Mishap Spurs Bridge Work Redo

A brand-new bridge pillar on a highway project will be destroyed and rebuilt because the component's exterior is too thin, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has repor...


OSHA Sues Contractor over Fired Worker

Federal regulators are suing an Alabama structural relocation company for allegedly firing an employee who refused to work in a collapsing trench.


New Alps Bridge Sets Dizzying Record

Everyone is afraid of something. But just how many phobias can Europe's record-setting new bridge inspire?


Feds Test Bridges Built with Bad Grout

Defective grout may have been used to build as many as three dozen bridges in 21 states from November 2002 to March 2010, the Federal Highway Administration is reporting.


Signal, Inspection Eyed in Train Wreck

A faulty signaling mechanism, missed inspection, and rules for transporting hazardous materials by rail are all under scrutiny as federal safety officials press their investigation into Frid...


Chemical Levels Slow Derailment Probe

Levels of vinyl chloride seeping from a derailed freight train spiked Monday (Dec. 3) in southern New Jersey, temporarily halting cleanup work as the federal investigation into the accident ...


Study: Low Bids Hide 'Staggering' Costs

Low-bid contractors who compromise safety end up squandering both public money and lives, argue three new studies that challenge the longstanding government contract process.


NTSB: Confusion Preceded NJ Derailment

Confusion over a signal may have contributed to a train derailment that spewed clouds of toxic vapors over a New Jersey neighborhood on Friday, federal authorities say.


Bids Invited for ‘Big Mac’ Painting

The Michigan Department of Transportation is accepting bids to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the Mackinac Bridge.


$2.6B 'Impossible' Megaproject to Begin

Patience is a virtue. And after years of practicing it, residents in the Louisville-Southern Indiana region may finally see a much-needed, $2.6 billion transportation fix become reality.


KY Seeks Bridge Painting Consultant

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking engineering proposals from qualified consultants for a term contract to perform management and QA services for upcoming bridge painting project...


'Cliff' Scenario Threatens Infrastructure

The looming U.S. "fiscal cliff" could have disastrous implications for debt-financed bridges, tunnels, pipelines and other infrastructure, a global rating agency warns.


OH Painter Awarded $25M Bridge Contract

Louisiana officials have awarded a $25,137,642 contract to North Star Painting of Youngstown, OH, for the second phase of painting on the 8,236-foot-long Sunshine Bridge.


OSHA, MA Contractor Settle for $200K

A “recidivist” Boston contractor with a “long history” of federal safety violations has agreed to pay a $200,000 fine and “significantly overhaul” its safety practices to settle a series of ...


High-Gloss Protection for Structures

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has launched a high-gloss acrylic polyurethane designed to provide long-term UV protection for high-profile structures.


Bridge Painter Loses Lifeline Appeal

An Ohio bridge painting company that challenged access to federal safety inspectors on a follow-up visit to a job site has lost its appeal of the case.


Painter Did Not Tie Off, Employer Says

A bridge painter who drowned after falling from the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Washington State had been wearing a harness but had not tied off, his employer said Tuesday (Nov. 6).


Bridge Painter's Body Recovered

The body of a missing bridge painter who fell into the Columbia River on Oct. 7 while working on the Lewis and Clark Bridge was recovered Saturday afternoon (Nov. 4).


Final Sentence Ends OH Painting Scandal

After spending six years in his native Greece to kick a cocaine addiction, a bridge painter has finally been sentenced in the United States, ending a massive Ohio bribery scam that dates bac...


NEI Releases Protective Coating in U.S.

Nanomaterials maker NEI Corp. has introduced a flexible coating product designed to protect oxidizing steel and aluminum exposed to corrosive chemicals or harsh environmental conditions.


Billions in Infrastructure Bonds on Ballots

While Americans choose their next President tomorrow, millions will also determine the fate of scores of ballot propositions tied to billions of dollars in infrastructure funding.


Orange You Glad You Paint Philippine Bridges?

It wasn't a trick-or-treat stunt: The Philippines government announced Wednesday (Oct. 31) that it would henceforth paint all federally owned steel bridges "International Orange."


Bay Bridge Shows its 'War on Corrosion'

How do you fight corrosion in 17,399 packed steel wires holding up the world’s largest self-anchored suspension bridge? Very, very carefully--harnessing the nation's top engineering minds an...


1 Killed, 14 Hurt in Bridge Work Mishap

One worker was killed, one was in a coma, and 13 others were injured when a suspended platform fell Friday (Oct. 26) at the site of a mega-bridge being built off Hong Kong.


MD Rebidding $10+M Nice Bridge Project

The Maryland Transportation Authority will accept bids Nov. 20 for repairs, cleaning and painting on the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge—a contract now valued at $10 million to $15 million.


Cracks Plague Floating Bridge Project

Cracks, leaks and spalling discovered in gigantic, newly constructed concrete pontoons are bedeviling the effort to replace the world’s longest floating bridge.


CA Seeks Bids for $2.3M Bridge Painting

Having just let a project to relocate a suspended deck system on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, California transportation officials are now inviting bids to paint four spans on the bridge—a ...


UM Unplugs Bridge Safety Technology

New “smart bridge” technologies being developed by engineering teams at the University of Maryland may help prevent catastrophic failures like the one that befell the I-35 Bridge in Minneapo...


Historic Footbridge Restoration Let

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $42,460 contract to ACE Coatings Unlimited Inc. of Cottage Grove, OR, to restore the historic Benson Bridge.


Bids Sought for $20M+ Painting Project

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is inviting bids for the second phase of painting of the Sunshine Bridge—a project estimated at up to $30 million.


AISC to Issue New Bridge Certification

The American Institute of Steel Construction will post new rules and regulations Oct. 1 for its updated Bridge Quality Management System (QMS) Certification Program.


MA Bridge Worker Falls to His Death

Authorities are investigating the death of a bridge worker who fell 60 feet through a gap on Interstate 91 in Springfield, MA.


$22M Driscoll Bridge Painting Awarded

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has awarded a $22,289,395 contract for repairing and repainting the Driscoll Memorial Bridge—the world’s widest bridge—to Allied Painting Inc., of Franklinv...


Bridge Paint Mishap Ends Fair & Square

When you’re painting 55,000 little squares in 30 colors along a busy, four-lane bridge over the Rio Grande, you might expect some complications.


NY Ports Seek Structural Coating Expert

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has issued an RFP for a variety of ongoing professional structural coatings consulting services.


WV DOT Awards $2.4M Bridge Painting

An Ohio industrial painting contractor has been awarded a $2.4 million contract for the first phase of cleaning and painting on West Virginia’s Hospital Bridge over Wheeling Creek.


Walsh Appeals Fine in Bridge Death

A Chicago builder is appealing a $10,000 fine imposed in the death of an employee who was crushed to death in a lift on a $131 million Indiana bridge rehab project.


DOT to Release $473M in Unspent Aid

Use it or lose it. That’s the order from the Department of Transportation to states that are sitting on nearly a half-billion dollars in unspent earmark funds.


OSHA Eyeing Contractor Fall Practices

Here’s a heads-up to contractors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi: Uncle Sam is watching you. Mid-Atlantic contractors: You, too. Other regions: He may be on the way.


Bridge Work Sparks WA Wildfire

Construction work by a bridge crew has apparently ignited a fast-moving, fast-growing wildfire burning out of control in central Washington State.


Top 100 Projects to Bring 18M Jobs

Michigan’s new international bridge crossing, Canadian pipelines, an Ontario nuclear plant, and high-speed rail in California are among the North American megaprojects likely to pack the con...


A Bridge Map of Danger and Purpose

Remember the deadly I-35 Bridge disaster of 2007? Barry LePatner says there are 7,980 more like it just waiting to happen.


VersaFlex Expands Plant, Plans Center

Polyurea coatings supplier VersaFlex has expanded into a new production facility, headquarters and technical center in Kansas City, KS.


FL Contractor Wins $1.5M WV Bridge Job

A Florida painting contractor has bested 14 other bidders to win a $1.5 million contract to clean and recoat West Virginia’s David Morgan Memorial Bridge over the Monongahela River.


US DOT Expands New Infrastructure Aid

The federal government is offering states and cities nationwide a shot at a record $17 billion in loans for critical infrastructure projects, funded by the new surface transportation bill.


Mayor: Bridges No Safer Since Collapse

Five years after the catastrophic failure of Minneapolis’s I-35 Bridge, are America’s bridges any safer? No, says the mayor whose city suffered the disaster.


GC Fined $10K in Bridge Worker’s Death

A Chicago builder managing a $131 million bridge rehab project has been fined $10,000 for the death of a lift operator on the job—a penalty that the victim’s brother compares to “me … buying...


New ‘Bridge Health Index’ Hones Structural Safety Assessments

A new ratings system that improves damage detection and measurement could help prevent catastrophic failures of pipelines, bridges and other concrete structures, scientists say.


ASTM Launches 2 Materials Journals

ASTM International, developer of technical standards worldwide, has unveiled two new online journals focusing on civil engineering materials and materials performance.


Bridge Painter Loses Lead Case Appeal

A federal commission has three words of advice for bridge painting contractors who are blasting off old lead-based coatings: Monitor, monitor, monitor.


RI Awards $6.7M Bridge Painting Project

A longtime Rhode Island painting contractor has been awarded a $6.7 million contract to clean and recoat the historic Mount Hope Bridge, which connects Portsmouth and Bristol, RI, over Mount...


Scaffold Failure Injures 4 at TX Plant

Four workers have been rescued from a 30-foot-deep pit after the scaffolding on which they were working failed at the Lubbock Wastewater Treatment Plant.


Lone Star Infrastructure Named No. 1

Don’t mess with Texas infrastructure and transportation; they’re the best in the United States, according to a new ranking by CNBC.


Union-Only Bridge Work Draws Fire in MA

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has sparked storms of protest over his abrupt decision to restrict work on a forthcoming $285 million bridge project to union contractors.


Bids Sought for Cape Cod Bridge Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting bids for cleaning and recoating of Massachusetts’ Sagamore Bridge over Cape Cod Canal—a contract estimated at up to $10 million.


LEGO Bridge Brightens Industrial Town

Taking LEGO’s creed (“Play Well”) to heart, a German painter has brightened a dingy concrete city overpass with a colorful jumbo representation of the world’s best-loved building bricks.


WI Bridge Worker Killed; Crane Death is Firm’s 2nd

Federal authorities are investigating the second worker death since April involving a crane operated by a Wisconsin contractor.


Obama Signs $105B Transportation Bill

For the first time in seven years, the United States has a long-term highway and transit authorization bill.


Frustrated Pol to Take Brush to Bridge

Fed up by government foot-dragging on the project, an Australian politician says he will paint a local bridge himself—with help from his constituents, if necessary.


NYC Accepts Bids for Verrazano Narrows Bridge Work

The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, a division of the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, recently accepted two sets of bids for major repairs on the 13,700-foot-lon...


Storied OH Bridge Contract Awarded

An historic bridge in Ohio will celebrate its centennial a few years early by receiving a new paint job.


Put Your Best Project Forward

SSPC members have until October 15 to nominate their best projects for SSPC’s 2012-2013 structure awards.


LA Firm Awarded $2.1M Bridge Painting

Two historic Baton Rouge vertical lift bridges are in for a makeover, under a cleaning and recoating contract just awarded to a longtime local contractor.


Helping Surfaces Repel ‘the Drop on Top’

Imagine a bridge or pipeline where every drop of water simply fell off—never puddling, even in the smallest nooks and crannies.


Bids Sought to Rehab Milwaukee Bridge

The City of Milwaukee is inviting bids for rehabilitation of the aging Pleasant Street Lift Bridge over the Milwaukee River.


DOT Awards $500M to Transit Projects

Bridges in Indiana and Maine, ports in California, freight rail in Chicago and Texas, and streets in Alabama are among 47 transportation projects nationwide that will share nearly $500 milli...


FHWA OKs OH River Bridge Megaproject

The federal government has cleared the way for Kentucky and Indiana to move forward on the long-awaited $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges project, including a controversial $255 million tunnel...


OSHA: RI Bridge Project Lacks Fall Plan

Inadequate rescue procedures and fall protection on a Rhode Island bridge project have landed the contractor in hot water with federal safety officials.


US-Canada Bridge Gets Green Light

After idling for years on the planning books, a new Detroit River International Crossing is shifting into high gear, bringing thousands of jobs with it.


New Global Standard Tackles Concrete’s Environmental Impact

ISO, the world’s leading international standards organization, has developed a new standard to help the construction industry better manage the global environmental impact of concrete.


Salt Meter is Automated, Eco-Friendly

Hedon Electronic Developments has introduced a new version of its digital salt meter for steel surfaces.


Worker Crushed at Steel Bridge Plant

Authorities are investigating the death of one worker and an injury of two others at one of North America’s largest steel bridge manufacturers.


Subs Warned of Pay Risk on Megaproject

Painters, access and coating suppliers, and other subcontractors who are eyeing a piece of the nation’s largest transportation megaproject risk not getting paid for the job, due to a drastic...


Concrete Coating Dissolves Pollutants

Bridges, buildings and other concrete structures may soon be taking a large bite out of the air pollutants around them with a new photocatalytic coating being developed by researchers in Spa...


High Court Allows Bridge Collapse Suit

Minnesota will proceed with its lawsuit against the engineering firm that designed the doomed I-35 bridge, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the firm’s appeal.


New Bids Sought for IA Bridge Painting

The Iowa Department of Transportation is inviting a second round of bids for abrasive-blast cleaning and repainting of the Black Hawk Bridge over the upper Mississippi River.


Golden Gate Bridge Blows Out 75 Candles

Her facelift is still incomplete, but the grand dame of American bridges is celebrating her 75th birthday in high style anyway.


Salt Stripper Targets Atmospheric Service

Chlor*Rid International Inc. has rolled out a new salt removal product formulated to decontaminate structural steel and a variety of other surfaces in atmospheric service.


Delays to Cost Bridge Project $11M

The good news: A Mississippi River bridge painting project that was funded in 2009 and set to be completed in 2011 is finally about to begin. The bad news: The delays will add more than 4...


Meadows Rolls Out Hot-Applied Membrane

W.R. Meadows has introduced HRM 714, a hot-applied, rubberized, asphalt membrane used to waterproof concrete.


Bridge Worker Burned by Power Line

Authorities are investigating how a bridge worker came to suffer a jolt from a 23,000-volt power line at a construction site near Pittsburgh, PA.


4 Firms Fined in Bridge Painter’s Death

A Michigan industrial painting contractor bears the most responsibility among four companies cited in the death of a painter who fell from Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge in January and drowned,...


Death of IN Bridge Worker Investigated

Indiana authorities are investigating the death of a bridge construction worker who was apparently crushed by a piece of equipment last Monday.


Bay Bridge Makes Record Squeeze Play

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span project should reach another milestone Monday (May 7), as crews wrap up the gargantuan task of compacting the structure’s record-setting SAS ma...


Paint Bids Sought for Historic Bridge

Sandusky County, OH, will accept bids May 17 for cleaning and recoating of the historic (and reportedly haunted) Tindall Bridge over the Sandusky River—a contract estimated at more than $1.1...


Innovative Bridges Steeled for Gold

From quaint old footbridges to soaring modern superstructures, 18 steel bridges have earned national recognition in the 2012 Prize Bridge Awards Competition.


After 10 Years, CTS Wins Patent War

Q: If Sam invents a lucrative product while working for Jane at ABC Corp., who has dibs on the invention and its proceeds? Sam, Jane and/or ABC?


Engineering Bids Sought for Bridge Work

Multnomah County, OR, is seeking engineering services to provide a comprehensive coatings analysis, structural assessment and other evaluations for a forthcoming rehabilitation of the landma...


Bridge Offered Free ‘to a Good Home’

Boy, has Colorado got a bridge for you. Historically significant. Classic design. Free, even. So, what’s the catch?


‘Sonogram’ Spots Bridge Rebar Threats

Engineers at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (EPFL) have developed a sonogram-like technology that can reveal rebar corrosion inside concrete bridges.


Bridge Work Resumes after 4 Accidents

Work has resumed on Connecticut’s Moses Wheeler Bridge replacement project—site of four recent safety mishaps—after construction was halted for a week while contractor employees attended saf...


$4.2M PA Bridge Rehab Awarded

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded North Star Painting Co., of Youngstown, OH, a $4.2 million contract to rehabilitate the Parker Bridge over the Allegheny River.


MN Firm Gets $12.9M Blatnik Bridge Job

Rainbow Inc., of Minneapolis, has been awarded a $12,945,017.80 contract to clean and recoat the Blatnik Bridge over Saint Louis Bay.


New Rating System Aims For Greener Infrastructure

Reduce, reuse and recycle is not just do-good advice for consumers. Now, the principles carry billion-dollar performance and financial implications for pipelines and sewage pla...


NACE Guide Targets Bridge Corrosion

NACE International has published a new guide that lays out strategies to reduce the $8.29 billion annual cost of bridge corrosion and extend the life of reinforced concrete structures.


Bridge Contractor Guilty In $136M DBE Scam

The former CEO of a Pennsylvania company that made and installed concrete bridge beams is facing decades in prison after his conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges involving a massive Di...


Painters Spot Crack that Closes Bridge

The last phase of a highway reconstruction project became the first phase of a bridge repair job this week when a sharp-eyed bridge painting crew discovered a six-foot-long crack in a suppor...


Green Bay Bridge Rehab Up for Bid

Wisconsin transportation officials will open bids April 10 for cleaning and rehabilitating Green Bay’s iconic Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge.


NY Bridge Painter Feared Dead in Fall

A 35-year-old bridge painter is missing and presumed dead after he fell from the Throgs Neck Bridge in New York, apparently while doing something to his safety harness.


Body of MO Bridge Worker Recovered

Divers have recovered the body of a 35-year-old married father of two children who fell to his death Wednesday while working on a Mississippi River bridge project at St. Louis.


Bids Invited for MN River Bridge Work

Hennepin County (MN) will accept bids April 3 for repairs, cleaning and coating work on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River in Minneapolis at Nicollet Island.


KY Fast-Tracks Ferry Bridge Repairs

A Kentucky bridge mangled by a cargo ship in January will be back up and running by Memorial Day—months earlier than originally estimated—thanks to an emergency $7 million appropriation for ...


OR Awards $17.5M Bridge Painting

A Kentucky contractor has been awarded a $17.5 million contract for cleaning and recoating the landmark Astoria-Megler Bridge, which connects Oregon and Washington State over the Columbia Ri...


Bids Sought for WA Iron Bridge Painting

The City of Spokane, WA, will accept bids April 2 for coating work as part of the rehabilitation of the city’s historic Iron Bridge over the Spokane River.


Worker Ordered to Share $38.5M Jackpot

A construction worker who cashed in a winning $38.5 million lottery ticket that he had bought with five men on his crew must share the jackpot with them, a New Jersey jury has found.


Crash Gores NYC Bridge Containment

The Coast Guard is investigating a crane crash that tore a 20-foot gash Tuesday night in a longstanding coating containment system underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.


Shock Ads Aim to Jolt Highway Bill

Driving up pressure on the House to accept a Senate-crafted transportation bill, a leading labor union has unveiled a chilling campaign that features a Russian Roulette radio ad and a mass m...


Potty Pavement Flushed with Success

New sidewalks laden with hundreds of crushed toilets—yes, toilets—have earned the world’s very first Greenroads certification in Bellingham, WA.


Detroit Bridge Firm Stripped of Project

After years of delays, numerous court orders and a few stints behind bars, owners of the Ambassador Bridge have lost control of Detroit’s massive Gateway Project and must pay $16 million to ...


‘Smart Sensors’ Track Bridge Corrosion

Engineers at Columbia University are developing “smart sensor” technology that could provide the world’s suspension bridges with the first real-time internal monitoring of a “silent killer”:...


Coast Guard Nixes a Bridge Too Low

Longstanding plans for a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River are suddenly on hold, as the Coast Guard has ruled that the structure planned is too low—a design issue that could ad...


Report: Errors Plagued Doomed Bridge

From “the wrong” materials to lack of inspection to indifference to standard engineering practices, numerous factors doomed Indonesia’s “Golden Gate Bridge,” which collapsed catastrophically...


NJ Awards 8-Bridge Painting Contract

A New Jersey painting contractor has been awarded a maintenance contract valued at nearly $2.5 million to clean and coat eight bridges in South Jersey.


Bids Sought for $5M+ Bridge Rehab

The Maryland Transportation Authority will accept bids March 21 for repairs, cleaning and painting on the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge—a contract valued at $5 million to $10 million.


Rain Botches Bridge’s New Coating Job

Mother Nature is taking the rap for putting a damper on a $3.5 million waterproofing project on Australia’s iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.


After 83 Years, Gone in 4 Seconds

The Fort Steuben Bridge, which once carried more than 20,000 vehicles a day between Ohio and West Virginia, vanished Tuesday in a blaze of explosives.


Sources Sought for $10M Bridge Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking qualified veteran, HUB Zone and other contractors to clean and recoat Cape Cod’s Sagamore Bridge—a contract estimated at up to $10 million.


‘Rapid Corrosion’ Blamed In Collapse, Bridge Closure

Indian officials are blaming unexpectedly “rapid corrosion” for the collapse of a massive silo that injured dozens of people this week—the same claim recently made by Quebec officials for fa...


HI Seeks Bidders for $7M Bridge Rehab

Hawaii County, HI, will accept bids Feb. 23 for a structural steel makeover of the Reed’s Island Bridge, a project estimated at up to $7 million.


FL Bridge Worker Killed in Fall

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a worker who fell from a railway bridge in Florida this week while performing repairs.


KY Auditors Question Bridge Inspections

Kentucky’s state bridge inspection program has fallen behind in reviewing inspection reports, due to lack of time and insufficient qualified personnel, state auditors have found.


DOT Budget Plan Built on Infrastructure

President Obama has unveiled a 2013 transportation budget proposal that would nearly double infrastructure spending over the next six years and step up the federal investment in pipeline saf...


ME Bridge Painting Far Below Estimate

Painting of Maine’s Memorial Bridge in Augusta will cost the state about half what it had expected, under a contract awarded recently.


Golden Gate, Skyway Voted Top Bridges

The Grand Canyon’s dizzying glass skywalk and the venerable Golden Gate have been named the world’s top bridges in a new survey by Travel + Leisure.


Global Infrastructure Facing $5T Gap

Global demand for infrastructure projects will near the $10 trillion mark by 2015, but the money to pay for it is unlikely to meet even half that need, a new study reports.


‘Suspect Cement’ Found in Bridge Grout

Specialty chemicals maker Sika Corp. is alerting customers that “suspect cement” containing excessive levels of corrosive chlorides was used in certain batches of grout designed to protect b...


Smart Paint Senses Structure Cracks

Scottish scientists are developing a low-cost “smart” paint that can detect microscopic faults in wind turbines, mines and bridges before structural damage occurs.


Probe of Bridge Collapse Continues

Salvage planning is underway as federal and state authorities continue their investigation into what caused a barge carrying Air Force flight hardware to knock down a section of an aging ste...


Structure Awards Honor Industry’s Best

From a towering national icon to a remote Alaskan military bridge, coatings projects of excellence took top honors Monday (Jan. 30) at SSPC 2012 in Tampa, FL.


Corrosion Sensors Take on Splash Zones

UK researchers have announced the development of sensors that purportedly spot early signs of rebar corrosion in concrete, while standing up to long-term marine exposures.


Free JPCL eBooks Focus On Protective Coatings

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has launched a new series of free eBooks with eight titles on bridge coating systems, coatings for petrochem plants, and other industry-specifi...


LA Awards $3.1M Bridge Painting

Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development has awarded recoating of the Horace Wilkinson Bridge over the Mississippi River to Hames Contracting Inc., of Alpharetta, GA.


Bridge Painter Feared Dead After Fall

A painter on Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge was missing and presumed dead after falling more than 100 feet into the river while working on the span.


Paint Cues Scientists to Bridge Stress

Some people watch paint dry. Materials scientist Mark Iadicola watches it move—speck by speck. Iadicola’s work—capturing and analyzing 3D images of infinitely subtle paint movement—is part ...


Contractors Cited in NJ Bridge Project

A New Jersey construction joint venture is facing seven serious safety violations and a $41,580 fine for conditions found on a major bridge project over the Passaic River.


Bridge Alliance Gets $22K for Symposium

The Federal Highway Administration plans to award a $22,000 sole-source contract to The National Steel Bridge Alliance to support the 2012 World Steel Bridge Symposium in Dallas, TX.


DOT Grants $1.6B to Fix Roads, Bridges

The federal government will release nearly $1.6 billion in aid to help states and territories repair roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters dating back to 2004.


Don’t Look Down; Bridge Sets Dizzying Record

One quarter mile above the Beluarte River in northern Mexico, that nation has opened the tallest cable-stayed bridge in the world—and has the Guinness World Record imprimatur to prove it.


Bids Sought for $20+M Bridge Painting

The Oregon Department of Transportation will accept bids Jan. 12 for cleaning and recoating of the Astoria-Megler Bridge—a project valued at $20 million to $30 million.


LA Seeks Bids for $70M Bridge Painting

The Louisiana Department of Transportation will open bids Jan. 11 for the first phase of painting and repairs on the mile-long Huey P. Long Bridge in Baton Rouge—a project estimated at $70 m...


DOT Releases $511M for 46 Projects

Freight rail in Kentucky, the Port of New Orleans, multimodal transit in San Antonio, roads¸ bridges and other projects nationwide will share in $511 million in federal transportation fundin...


WVU Method Wraps Up Bridge Problems

A unique structural wrapping technique, developed over the last 20 years, is providing a new affordable option to replacement of West Virginia’s many structurally deficient bridges.


Forth Bridge Painters Call it a Century

The endless job has ended—and early, yet. After 10 years, painters have laid down their brushes at Scotland’s legendary Forth Bridge, ending a paint job that took more than 1,500 painters (u...


PA Awards $31M Mansfield Bridge Rehab

A Pittsburgh contractor has been green-lighted for a $31 million project to recoat and rehab the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge over the Monongahela River.


LA Awards $4.8M Bridge Painting Work

Texas Bridge Inc. has been awarded a $4,809,850 contract to perform coating and related work on the Judge Seeber (Claiborne Avenue) Bridge, which links New Orleans with the Lower and Upper N...


Seeing Red Over Blue Bridge Made Yellow

A UK county council is red-faced after deciding to paint a historic bridge in the wrong color to speed up the project—even though the bridge will now need to be repainted.


$215M Relief Aid Set for Roads, Bridges

The federal government will release more than $215 million to repair roads and bridges ravaged from Alaska to Puerto Rico by the year’s natural disasters.


Painting Contractor Faces 9th OSHA Case

Federal authorities have slapped hefty fines on a Wisconsin painting contractor after one painter was found straddling the parapet of a highway overpass and another fell 25 feet from a bridg...


AISC Honors Kulicki ’s Life in Bridges

John M. Kulicki, Ph.D., P.E, S.E., one of the foremost bridge designers of his generation, will receive the prestigious J. Lloyd Kimbrough Award for his lifetime contributions to steel bridg...


Paint Waste Resolved; Bridge Work Resumes

A dispute over paint waste that shut down a $4.2 million bridge project for the entire summer has been resolved, defusing commuter rage and averting a divorce between contractor and client.


Caltrans Inspection Scandal Grows

A firestorm of controversy has engulfed California’s Department of Transportation in the wake of revelations that a key Bay Bridge inspector had falsified inspections on other public project...


$208K Bridge Deck Sealing Awarded

An Illinois contractor has been awarded a $208,877.35 contract for cleaning and sealing the decking on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, which connects St. Louis, MO, and East St. Louis...


New Map of Bad Bridges May Hold Good Clout

Looking for a problem bridge? Uncle Sam has just the tool.


Bids Sought for $13.9M Bridge Rehab

The Maine Department of Transportation is inviting bids for coating, steel repairs and related work on Augusta’s Memorial Bridge—a contract potentially valued at nearly $14 million.


GOP Kills Infrastructure Jobs Bill

Republicans nipped President Obama’s $60 billion construction job initiative in the bud last week, shooting down the road and infrastructure aid package scarcely before the ink dried.


Obama to Congress: ‘Time to Act’ on Construction Jobs

Backdropped by an aging bridge to drive home his point, President Obama urged Congress this week to help revive the battered construction industry by passing an infrastructure jobs bill.


JPCL Coatings eBook Series Coming Soon

Surface preparation, inspection, environmental controls and more will be among the topics of a new series of eBooks to be published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings planned ...


Contractor Fined in 2nd Bridge Death

A Tennessee contractor is facing a new round of health and safety violations—its fourth case in six months—involving the death of a second worker on a massive bridge rehabilitation project.


Glass Fiber Rebar Debuts

German building materials developer Schoeck Bauteile GmbH has unveiled a glass fiber reinforcing bar, designed to prevent the structural corrosion that plagues steel reinforcement.


$400K CA Bridge Maintenance Work Let

An Arizona-based concrete contractor has been awarded a $397,397 contract for cleaning and sealing California’s San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, over San Diego Bay.


KY Giving Away Bridge

Psst! Hey, buddy, want a bridge? A bit old and on the narrow side, but sound. And it’s free.


Failing Metro Bridges Carry Millions Daily

“There are more deficient bridges in our metropolitan areas than there are McDonald’s restaurants in the entire country.”


JPCL Issues 2011 Coatings Buying Guide

JPCL has just published its 24th annual Coatings Systems Buying Guide, featuring more than 5,200 recommendations for protective and marine coating and lining systems provided by more ...


Brothers Held in Stolen Bridge Caper

Turns out that unloading a hot 40-ton bridge isn’t as easy as it seems.


Low-VOC Anti-Graffiti Coating Launched

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has introduced 2K Water-Based Urethane Anti-Graffiti, a low VOC (less than 100 g/L), super hydrophobic polyurethane coating designed for graffit...


$3.8M DE Bridge Painting Awarded

An Ohio painting contractor has been awarded a $3,886,625 contract for painting and repairs on the Reedy Point Bridge over the Delaware River.


US Tests Bridge Steel Costs, Options

How do low-cost steels with improved weathering characteristics stack up to the weathering steels now in use?


Steel Bridge Stolen in Western PA

Police in Pennsylvania are scratching their heads at some resourceful—and powerful—thieves who have made off with a 50-foot-long corrugated steel bridge.


Protective Bridge Coating is HAPS-Free

Sherwin-Williams has announced the launch of Zinc Clad DOT, an inorganic zinc-rich primer for steel bridges that meets federal content restrictions on hazardous air pollutants (HAPS).


Tearful Co-Worker Recalls Painters’ Fatal Shortcut

A decision by three night-shift painters to take an unauthorized shortcut across the Forth Bridge cost one his life when he fell through the missing floor of an abandoned walkway, according ...


Supplier Admits Selling Bad Bridge Concrete

A Maryland quality-control director has admitted falsely certifying that precast concrete made by his company for highway and bridge projects met government standards.


Bridge Painter Fined $5,600 in 2nd Death

A Pennsylvania industrial painting contractor has agreed to pay a $5,600 fine to resolve a federal safety citation issued after an employee fell to his death on a worksite.


‘8th Wonder’ Bridge Walks New Walk

A historic bridge hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” when it opened in 1882 has gained a new lease on life as a pedestrian walkway high above a Pennsylvania gorge.


IN Firm Gets $5.3M Bridge Paint Job

An Indiana industrial painting contractor has bested a crowded field of bidders to capture a $5.3 million contract for cleaning and painting on the Arch A. Moore Jr. Bridge, which connects W...


New Stonhard Line Tackles Moisture

Stonhard, maker of polymer floor, wall and lining systems, has introduced a new product line formulated to address moisture issues in parking garages, pedestrian bridges, stadiums, mechanica...


Bridge Repair Work Draws $83,160 Fine

A New Jersey contractor has been accused of 12 serious federal safety violations and fined $83,160 for conditions on a bridge repair project in Princeton.


$2.1M Hood River Bridge Painting Let

S&K Painting Inc., of Clackamas, OR, has been awarded a $2.1 million contract for paint rehabilitation on the Hood River Interstate Bridge.


Never-Ending Paint Job Nears an End

The world’s iconic unending job—the painting of Scotland’s legendary Forth Bridge—is about to end.


$5 Million Bridge Painting Up for Bid

Bids will be accepted Sept. 9 for painting and related work on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers swing bridge in Rock Island, IL—a painting contract valued at up to $5 million.


Disasters Pound US Infrastructure

Mother Nature’s summertime triple whammy—record heat, followed by an earthquake and hurricane—has left billions of dollars in infrastructure damage in just a few short weeks.


Paint Waste Halts $4.2M Bridge Project

A dispute over spilled lead paint chips, containment issues and other problems has stopped a $4.2 million bridge project cold in Oregon, where commuters have spent much of the summer endurin...


$42.3M Mystic River Bridge Work Let

An Ohio-based joint venture has landed a $42.3 million contract for cleaning and painting on a section of Massachusetts’ Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Bridge—or the Mystic River Bridge, as it is...


Golden Gate Painting Off to Slow Start

After months of scaffolding and containment construction, painting is finally underway—sort of—on the Golden Gate Bridge.


Protective Coatings are Metal Free

Delaware-based AnCatt Inc. has unveiled a heavy-duty, three-layer coating system that purportedly functions as a corrosion barrier for metal substrates without using chromate or other heavy-...


Verrazano-Narrows ‘Leg Lift’ Begins

Containment is in place and coatings removal is underway on a $19 million “leg lift” for New York’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.


$34.5M OH Bridge Project Up for Bid

Cuyahoga County (OH) officials will open bids Sept. 21 for repairs, coating and other rehabilitation work on the Columbus Road Lift Bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland—a contract est...


States' Bridge Emergencies Spread

Age and summer heat are taking a heavy toll on the nation’s bridges, with a wave of emergency closures and other measures reported nationwide in recent weeks.


$30+M Bridge Cable Work Up for Bid

The Maryland Transportation Authority will open bids Sept. 22 for rewrapping, dehumidification and security shielding of the main cables and anchorages on the state’s two Bay Bridges—a proje...


DOT Grants $417M for Highway Projects

Rural roads in Alaska, bridges in Maine, highways in Florida, roundabouts in California and a host of other state highway projects have received a $417.3 million boost from the U.S. Departme...


Surface Salt Detection Made for Field

Louisville Solutions Inc. has introduced the SaltSmart Heavy Duty Field Kit, packaging all the components that contractors need to detect soluble surface salt using the new company’s SaltSma...


With 500 Bridges in 2 Years, MO Knows its ABCs

Missouri’s failing bridge network is undergoing a rapid-fire turnaround, thanks to an unprecedented program that has replaced hundreds of bridges in the last year alone.


JPCL to Launch Coating e-Book Series

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings will expand its veteran coatings buying guide this fall into a new series of 10 eBooks featuring selection and specifying advice for uni...


AkzoNobel to Supply 2 Iconic Bridge Projects

AkzoNobel’s International Paint business has been tapped to supply coating systems for the world’s highest arch bridge, now under construction in India, and for the iconic Oakland Bay Bridge...


PA Contractor Lands $16M Bridge Job

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a $16,697,408 contract to Trumbull Corp., of Pittsburgh, for coatings, concrete repair and related rehabilitation work on the Ambrid...


Bids Sought to Paint Covered Bridge

The County of Lehigh, PA, will open bids Aug. 18 for re-siding and repainting historic Rex’s Covered Bridge, which dates to 1858.


Texas Bridge Partners to Recoat Sunshine Bridge

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development awarded a contract of $6,223,574 to Texas Bridge Partners, LLP, of Humble, TX, to perform superstructure and substructure painting ...


Bids Sought for MO-IL Bridge Sealing

The Illinois Department of Transportation will accept bids Aug. 5 for deck cleaning and sealing on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis, MO.


Bay Bridge Project Gets Chinese Assist

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, an American icon, will be sporting a “Made in China” sticker—figuratively speaking, at least.


Capital Victory: Bridge Painter Bests NY State’s Tax Man

What’s the difference between maintenance painting and capital improvement painting? About a million dollars, for one New York bridge painter.


Sherwin-Williams Buys Leighs Paints

The Sherwin-Williams Company has sealed a deal to acquire Leighs Paints, the UK’s leading independent manufacturer of protective, marine and fire protection coatings.


$1.5M Bridge Coating Job Up for Bid

Washington State’s Pend Oreille County will accept bids July 11 for rehabilitation of the Ione Bridge—a project valued at up to $4.5 million, including about $1.5 million in coatings work.


Painter Survives 25-Foot Fall from Bridge

A Wisconsin painter is recovering after falling 25 feet from a bridge where he had been working.


KY Painter Gets $22.6M FL Bridge Job

Intech Contracting LLC, of Lexington, KY, has beat out seven other bidders to win a $22,689,657.10 contract for painting and rehabilitation work on the Mathews Bridge in Florida.


$15M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

Bids will be accepted June 29 for superstructure and substructure painting and repairs on Louisiana’s vast Sunshine Bridge—a painting contract valued at up to $15 million.


$460K Grant Fuels Bridge Deck R&D

The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a $460,305 grant to a New York-based venture to develop and demonstrate corrosion-resistant, lightweight bridge decking for rapid installation ...


Concrete Said to Add 20 Years to Bridges

Canadian researchers are touting the development of a more durable concrete that purportedly will increase the average lifespan of bridge decks by more than 20 years, compared to typical hig...


Bridge Project Halted After 2nd Death

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has suspended a massive rehab project on the historic Henley Bridge in Knoxville after a second worker was killed on the job this week.


$2.5M Bridge Renovation Up for Bid

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will accept bids June 9 for painting, repairs and related renovation work on the Avonmore Bridge—a project estimated at up to $2.5 million.


Study Sees $2T US Infrastructure IOU

That’s the tab that the United States is facing just to rebuild and repair its crumbling infrastructure, according to a new study.


GC Fined $180K for Lead Paint Exposure

An Illinois construction contractor faces $180,180 in fines and eight federal health citations for exposing workers to lead paint while they were torch-cutting on a steel bridge.


$25M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

The Florida Department of Transportation will accept bids May 25 for rehabilitating the Mathews Bridge over the St. Johns River in Jacksonville—a coating project budgeted at $25,492,576.


Bids Sought for ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

Bids will be accepted May 12 for selective demolition and structural repairs to The Big Four Bridge, an abandoned railroad truss bridge that connects Louisville, KY, and Jeffersonville, IN, ...


Judge OKs Controversial Bridge Project

A federal-court judge has denied a bid by environmental groups to halt replacement of a South Carolina bridge that runs through the state’s only national park.


$7.9M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

The California Department of Transportation will open bids May 18 for recoating and related work on three bascule bridges in the Sacramento area.


$42.7M Bridge Rehab Contract Awarded

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a $42.7 million contract for rehabilitation of Philadelphia’s George C. Platt Bridge to a joint venture representing two industrial ...


$19.9M in Milwaukee Bridge Work Let

A Wisconsin contractor has been awarded a $19.9 million contract to replace one vertical lift bridge and rehabilitate another over the Milwaukee River.


69K Unsafe Bridges Detailed, Mapped

Is one of the United States’ 69,233 structurally deficient bridges in your neighborhood? Now, there’s an interactive map that can tell you.


Relocation Gives Old Bridges New Life

Psst! Hey, buddy, wanna repurpose a bridge?


OSHA Alleges Lead-Hazard Violations in Bridge Project, Proposes $129,000 Penalty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 35 citations against Panthera Painting Co. Inc., Canonsburg, PA, for allegedly exposing workers to dangerously high levels of lead, a...


Thermico Wins Tridge Staining Job

Thermico, Inc. of Midland, MI, secured a contract of $48,880 from the city of Midland to stain wood surfaces and coat structural steel on the Tridge, a three-way pedestrian bridge over the c...


DOT Tightens Bridge Oversight, Spends $9.5M for Innovative Projects

The Federal Highway Administration will more closely monitor state bridge inspections and maintenance while funding several projects to reduce bridge congestion and extend life, under two ne...


Rivals Unite on Infrastructure Bank

An unlikely—perhaps unprecedented—alliance of Republicans, Democrats, labor and business leaders have joined forces to propose the nation’s first infrastructure bank.


Near-Record Traffic Spurs Call for Aid

Americans drove three trillion miles in 2010—the most since 2007 and the third-highest ever—sharpening the need for continued investment in the nation’s roads, bridges and tunnels, U.S. Tran...


Golden Gate Cable Painting to Begin

Scaffolding has arrived and containment planning is underway for the first-ever renovation and repainting of the Golden Gate Bridge’s two main suspension cables.


Water Barriers Protect Infrastructure

Swiss security engineering developer Geobrugg AG has introduced fixed and floating waterside barriers to protect oil and LNG terminals, ships, nuclear facilities, dams, bridge piers and othe...


NC DOT ‘Bangs’ Birds from Bridges

The 1,000 or so double-crested cormorants that used to coat the Wrightsville Beach, NC, drawbridge with their corrosive droppings have been dispatched—with a bang.


Free Webinar Addresses HP Waterjet Waste

Containment and disposal of High Pressure Waterjetting waste will be the focus of a free upcoming Webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Resodyn Debuts Portable Powder Coating System

Resodyn Engineered Polymeric Systems Inc. has introduced its next-generation Polymer Thermal Spray (PTS) system, a high-output system designed to create zero-VOC protective coatings without ...


$5M Rehab Let for Quad Cities Bridge

The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded a $4,997,472 contract for coatings, lead abatement and related rehabilitation work on the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge to Civil Constructor...


Bids Sought for W. PA Bridge Rehab

Bids will be accepted Feb. 17 for coatings, concrete repair and related rehabilitation work on the Ambridge/Aliquippa Bridge over the Ohio River.


Contractor Fined in Fall from Bridge

A Vermont industrial contractor has agreed to pay a state fine of $3,500 for a 22-foot fall suffered by a worker on a bridge redecking project last fall.


AK Railroad Fights EPA On ‘11th-Hour’ Bridge Holdup

The Alaska Railroad Corporation has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to stop construction of a bridge over the Tanana Rive...


Vandals Leave Painter $260K+ Tab

Just months after spending more than $250,000 to clean up a fuel spill caused by vandals, Long Painting Company of Kent, WA, is facing two more bills: $10,000 to cover the state’s cleanup co...


Bids Sought for Historic Bridge

Bids will be accepted Feb. 14 for replacement of the historic Point Bonita Lighthouse Suspension Pedestrian Bridge—a project that will include lead handling and coatings application.


Bridge Standoff Ends, Work Begins

A Detroit bridge owner who was jailed for refusing a court order has reversed direction and begun the court-ordered demolition of structures that his company built illegally.


World’s Longest Sea Bridge Completed

China has announced completion of the world’s longest over-water bridge: the three-way, 26.4-mile Qingdao Haiwan Bridge.


Bridge Owner Defiant After Jail Release

Defiant after his six-hour jail stay for contempt of court, the president of Detroit International Bridge Co. said the company remained determined to expand the DIBC-owned Ambassador Bridge ...


Detroit Bridge Owner Jailed in Dispute

The president of the Detroit International Bridge Company was handcuffed and jailed Monday (Jan. 10) in a long-running dispute involving the DIBC-owned Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detr...


$5M Smith Point Bridge Rehab Awarded

Suffolk County, NY, has awarded a $5,096,422 contract to Gibson & Cushman Contracting, of Port Jefferson, NY, for rehabilitation of the Smith Point Bridge over Narrow Bay.


Spit Threatens Busy Calcutta Bridge

What’s eating Calcutta’s famed Howrah Bridge? Spit.


Rehab Awarded for CA’s Highest Bridge

Golden State Bridge Inc. of Martinez, CA, has been awarded a $58,374,849 contract by Placer County (CA) to rehabilitate the Foresthill Road Bridge, which towers 730 feet above the North Fork...


MD Bids Key Bridge Approach Painting

The Maryland Transportation Authority will accept sealed bids Feb. 3 for approach painting and miscellaneous repairs on the Francis Scott Key Bridge, a 9,086-foot-long continuous steel bridg...


Dayton Buys Steel Infrastructure Firm

Dayton Superior Corp. has acquired Block Heavy and Highway Products Co., a leading supplier of steel infrastructure products used in the construction and repair of concrete roads, highways, ...


Historic Forth Road Bridge To be Replaced; Foes Demand Probe

The Scottish Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to replace the historic, but rapidly corroding, Forth Road Bridge, sparking environmental protests and calls for an investigation to save t...


Bids Sought for Coating of WA Bridge

The City of Tacoma, WA, will accept bids Jan. 4, 2011, for rehabilitation and painting of the East Lincoln Avenue Bridge.


KY Tells CSX to Contain Flaking Bridge Paint

The state of Kentucky has asked CSX Transportation Inc. to come up with a plan to address future flaking of rusty, lead-based paint off the Barren River Bridge in Bowling Green.


Painter Lands $15.5M Contract for 19 KY Bridges

Atsalis Brothers Painting Co., of Clinton Township, MI, has been awarded a $15,507,200 contract to clean and recoat 19 bridges in Kenton County, KY.


Owner Cites ‘Human Error’ in Painter’s Death

A bridge painter who suffered a fatal fall on a worksite in Maine last week was the victim of human error, the owner of the contracting company says.


Squeeze Looms for Bridge, Road Work

U.S. bridge and highway projects will contract by more than 4% in 2011, as Stimulus projects wind down and the fate of a new federal surface transportation bill remains uncertain, according ...


2nd PA Bridge Painter Killed in Fall

Authorities are investigating the death of a New Jersey painter who perished in a fall Sunday from the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge in Maine, where he was working.


NTSB Urges More NDE in Corrosion Inspections

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending greater use of Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) technologies to augment visual inspections of bridge corrosion in the wake of a fatal...


Bids Sought to Rehab Historic Eads Bridge

Metro Transit of St. Louis, MO, will accept bids Dec. 21 for rehabilitating the city’s historic Eads Bridge.


NY Reports Transportation Infrastructure Crisis

The State of New York can no longer afford to maintain its 150,000 miles of highways and railroads; 17,400 bridges; and seven-million-passenger transit systems—and has “no credible strategy ...


Air Injection Stops Bridge Cable Rust

A new engineering method that prevents corrosion by regularly injecting dry air into steel bridge cables has been successfully tested on one of the world’s largest suspension bridges.


University Develops ‘Bridge in a Backpack’

The University of Maine has developed a lightweight, corrosion-resistant, transportable “Bridge in a Backpack” that can be shipped in a bag to any construction site.


Waterborne Polyurethanes Touted for Bridge Use

BayerMaterialScience LLC says it has developed a new generation of waterborne polyurethane coatings for bridge structures that offer the performance of traditional solvent-bornes.


Shutdown of Mississippi River Bridge Extended

Just days after the City of Minneapolis temporarily closed one of its Mississippi River bridges to inspect a corrosion problem, the city has decided to keep the bridge closed all winter.


Failing Bridges Get Boost from TIGER II Funds

The deteriorating Memorial Bridge that connects Portsmouth, NH, with Kittery, ME—a span with a sufficiency rating of six out of 100—will be one of the lucky few recipients of federal TIGER I...


Corrosion Shuts Down Minneapolis Bridge

Three years after one of its Mississippi River bridges collapsed, killing 13 people, the City of Minneapolis has closed another bridge over the river due to corrosion.


Traffic Jam May Cost Bridge Painter $24,000

A Missouri painting contractor on an interstate bridge recoating project faces a $24,000 state fine after an equipment breakdown delayed reopening of the highway in time for the Monday morni...


RPM Acquisition Expands Waterproofing Line

The RPM/Belgium Group has acquired Hermeta Chemie GmbH, based in Berlin, to broaden RPM’s waterproofing product offerings for pedestrian traffic decks, industrial floors and balconies.


DE Contractor Awarded $9.3M Bridge Coating Job

Marinis Brothers Inc. of New Castle, DE, has secured a contract of $9,308,733.24 to perform coatings work and miscellaneous repairs on the Summit Bridge, which spans the Chesapeake & Delawar...


Obama Renews Call for Infrastructure Program

President Obama has renewed his push for a six-year “fundamental overhaul” of the nation’s crumbling bridges, roads, rails and other infrastructure—a vast mission that could potentially put ...


Rust-Oleum Donates Coatings for Town’s Bridges

Rust-Oleum Corp. has donated more than 185 gallons of protective coatings to recoat three aging bridge overpasses in the Wisconsin community where many of its employees live.


$9.9M TX Bridge Coating Work Awarded

The Texas Department of Transportation has awarded Intech Contracting LLC of Lexington, KY, a $9,987,560 contract to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the Martin Luther King Jr. ...


Bridge Conference Abstracts Due Soon

Surface preparation and high-performance coating systems are among the topics for papers being sought for the 28th annual International Bridge Conference, scheduled for June 2011 in Pittsbur...


Infrastructure Grant Requests Overwhelm DOT

Federal aid requests for bridge, transit, port, highway and other infrastructure projects are overwhelming the Department of Transportation, with more than $19 billion being sought for a fun...


Abhe & Svoboda Awarded $41M RI Bridge Project

Abhe and Svoboda Inc. of Prior Lake, MN, has been selected to repair, clean and recoat about one million square feet of structural steel surfaces on the famed Newport Pell Bridge, featured o...


Crushing of Bridge Painter Probed

The New York City Department of Transportation is investigating the death of a painter who was fatally crushed while working on the Williamsburg Bridge.


Labor Warns Motorists of Bad Bridges

Billboards warning motorists of structurally deficient bridges are among the methods being used by a major union organization in an aggressive campaign designed to build public support for i...


URS to Pay $52.4M in 2007 MN Bridge Collapse

Multinational engineering giant URS Corp. has agreed to pay $52.4 million to resolve the last major lawsuit over the August 2007 collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, which killed 13 ...


NY Bridge Rehab Advertised for Bids

Suffolk County, NY, will accept sealed bids Aug. 26 for rehabilitation of the Smith Point Bridge.


New U.S. Rule Would Mandate Tunnel Inspections

Transportation departments and other tunnel owners would be required to inspect highway tunnels by prescribed standards, under a new rule being proposed by the Federal Highway Administration...


360 Construction Wins Mackinac Bridge Painting Project

360 Construction Company, Inc., of Parma, OH, won a contract of $16,465,475 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for coatings application, lead abatement, and beam repairs on a 0.8...


Safway to Perform Scaffolding Work on Vincent Thomas Bridge

Safway Services, Inc. of Benicia, CA, was awarded a contract of $1,974,358 by the California Department of Transportation to perform platform and scaffolding work for coatings application by...


M & J Construction Wins Sunshine Skyway Bridge Repair Job

M & J Construction Company of Pinellas County, Inc. of Tarpon Springs, FL, secured a contract of $3,457,957.20 from the Florida Department of Transportation to perform repairs and cleaning o...


Iowa DOT Lets Bridge Painting Projects

The Iowa Department of Transportation recently awarded four contracts for surface preparation and coatings application on existing structural steel bridge surfaces.


Foresthill Road Bridge Project Open for Bids

Placer County, CA, will accept sealed bids in early September for coatings application, repair work, and seismic retrofits on the Foresthill Road Bridge, a 2,428-foot-long by 75-foot-wide st...


MAC and Vimas to Recoat Clark Memorial Bridge

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded a contract of $2,594,204.30 to MAC Construction and Excavating, Inc. (Louisville, Ky.) to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the 10-spa...


Thomas Industrial Coatings Wins Multiple MoDot Contracts

Thomas Industrial Coatings, Inc. of Pevely, MO, was awarded five contracts, with a combined value of greater than two million dollars, by the Missouri Department of Transportation to clean a...


MDTA Receives Bids for Bay Bridge Painting Project

The Maryland Transportation Authority recently received five bids for coatings application and various repairs on the Westbound William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge, a 22,790-foot-long ...


Bridge in China Wins Lindenthal Medal

The Xihoumen Bridge in Zhoushan City in China has been named the winner of the 2010 Gustav Lindenthal Medal, presented at the International Bridge Conference to honor “a recent outstanding a...


Era Valdivia Wins Thermal Spray Job

The Illinois Department of Transportation awarded a contract of $295,000 to Era Valdivia Contractors Inc. of Chicago, IL, to abrasive blast-clean and refinish steel surfaces on five bridges.


PennDOT Awards Bridge Painting Project

Spartan Contracting of Campbell, OH, was awarded a contract of $7,090,000 by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to clean and recoat a total of 749,000 square feet of structural st...


Brooklyn Bridge Rehab Project Begins

The $508 million project to repaint and rehabilitate the Brooklyn Bridge is officially under way, marked by a ceremony featuring Vice President Joe Biden and other federal, state and city lu...


SSPC-JPCL Webinar to Address 1-Coat Bridge Systems

The SSPC-JPCL Education Series Webinar, “One-Coat Systems for Steel Bridge Structures,” will be presented from 11 a.m. to noon June 23. The program is one of 20 webinars in the series...


Amstar of Western New York to Recoat Trunk Sewer Bridge Crossings

The Mattabassett District awarded a contract of $447,000 to Amstar of Western New York, Inc. of Cheektowaga, NY, to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on two trunk sewer bridge cross...


Caltrans Awards Bridge Coating Contract to Murphy Industrial Coatings

Murphy Industrial Coatings, Inc. of Signal Hill, CA, was recently awarded a contract of $894,800 by the California Department of Transportation to clean and recoat existing structural steel ...


Michigan Department of Transportation Announces Mackinac Bridge Painting Project

The Michigan Department of Transportation will accept sealed bids on May 21, 2010, for coatings application, lead abatement, and beam repairs on a 0.80-mile-long section of North truss spans...


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The early-registration deadline with discounted rates is April 30 for the CSCE 8th International Conference on Short and Medium Span Bridges, scheduled for Aug. 3-6 at Niagara Falls, Ontario...


Abhe & Svoboda Submits Low Bid for Newport/Pell Bridge

Abhe & Svoboda, Inc. of Prior Lake, MN, submitted the lowest of four bids for the Newport/Pell Bridge Painting Project.


City of Seattle Bidding Ballard Bridge Approach Painting

The City of Seattle will accept sealed bids on May 5th for coatings application on the North and South approaches of the Ballard Bridge, a 2,854 foot-long double-leaf bascule bridge over Sal...


Corps of Engineers Bidding
Dam Bridge Painting Job

The United States Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, will accept sealed bids in mid-May for coatings application and weld repair work on the spillway bridge at Fort Randall Dam in Sout...


Maryland Transportation Authority Seeking Bids for Bay Bridge Painting

The Maryland Transportation Authority will accept sealed bids on May 12th, 2010, for coatings application and miscellaneous repairs on the Westbound William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge...


Coating Contracts for Delaware Memorial Bridge Out-to-Bid

The Delaware River and Bay Authority will accept sealed bids on April 29th, 2010, for two painting projects on the Delaware Memorial Bridge, dual suspension bridges that span the Delaware Ri...


Hames Contracting Wins Beaufort Channel Drawbridge Painting Bid

Hames Contracting, Inc. of Alpharetta, GA, was awarded a contract of $890,000 by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to perform coatings application and grid floor replacement on...


Newport/Pell Bridge Painting Project Scheduled for Rebid

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority will accept sealed bids on April 20th 2010, for coatings application and steel repairs on the Newport/Pell Bridge.


Hercules Painting to Recoat Carter Memorial Bridge

Hercules Painting Company of New Castle, PA, secured a contract of $13,328,657 from the West Virginia Department of Transportation to recoat a total of 7,155 tons of existing structural stee...


Oregon DOT Receives Bids for Movable Bridge Painting Job

The Oregon Department of Transportation accepted sealed bids on March 11th, 2010, for coatings work and miscellaneous repairs on two movable bridges in Coos County.


Allied Painting Wins Basilone Memorial Bridge Coating Contract

Allied Painting, Inc. of Franklinville, NJ, secured a contract of $5,550,607 from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to recoat structural steel on the John Basilone Veterans Memorial Bridge o...


Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Announces Clark Memorial Bridge Painting Project

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will accept sealed bids on March 26th, 2010, for coatings application and miscellaneous repairs on the 10-span, 632-foot-long steel girder approach to the...


Final Phase of Lewis & Clark Bridge Painting Project Open for Bids

The Washington State Department of Transportation, working in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Transportation, will accept sealed bids in mid-March for coatings work on the superstr...


Era Valdivia to Recoat St. Croix River Bridges

Era Valdivia Contractors, Inc. (Chicago, IL) was awarded a contract of $4,490,075.80 by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to recoat dual, 2,380-foot-long steel girder bridges over t...


SSPC Offers BCI at KY Transportation Cabinet in March

SSPC has a BCI: Coatings Inspection Training and Certification for the Bridge Industry Tech Level/Level 1 Course planned for March 8–12 at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Frankfort, K...


Cosmos Comprehensive Construction Wins Two Ohio DOT Bridge Paint Jobs

Cosmos Comprehensive Construction, Inc. of Canal Fulton, OH, was awarded two contracts by the Ohio Department of Transportation to recoat existing bridges, including a contract of $778,991.8...


V.H.P. Wins Cape Fear Bridge Preservation Project

The North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a contract of $6,600,000 to V.H.P. Enterprises, Inc. of Tarpon Springs, FL, to perform preservation work on the Cape Fear Memorial Bri...


West Virginia DOT Announces Major Bridge Painting Project

The West Virginia Department of Transportation will accept sealed bids on February 23, 2010, for coatings work on the Eugene A. Carter Memorial Bridge in Charleston.


Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Requesting Proposals for Bayonne Bridge Professional Services

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is requesting proposals from consultants for professional services related to rehabilitation of the Staten Island and New Jersey Viaducts on the...


TxDOT Awards Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge Painting Project

The Texas Department of Transportation awarded a contract of $23,165,710 to SCR Construction Company, Inc. of Richmond, TX, to perform coatings application and steel repairs on the Corpus Ch...


Allied Painting to Recoat Newburgh-Beacon Bridge

Allied Painting, Inc. of Franklinville, NJ, secured a contract of $17,607,200 from the New York State Bridge Authority to recoat steel surfaces on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.


Placer County Holding Meeting to Discuss $70M Bridge Rehab

Placer County, CA, will conduct an informational conference and site visit to discuss plans for a $70-million bridge rehabilitation project slated to begin this summer.


Coastal Marine Construction Wins Drawbridge Repair Job

Coastal Marine Construction of Venice, FL, was awarded a contract of $4,394,335.37 by the Florida Department of Transportation to perform repairs and coatings application on an existing draw...


Newport/Pell Bridge Painting Advertised for Bids

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority will accept sealed bids on February 22nd, 2010, for coatings application and steel repairs on the Newport/Pell Bridge.


Bridge Painter Contests Lead Violations

A Cincinnati, OH, bridge painting contractor is contesting citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and proposed fines of $321,000 for allegedly violating OSHA...


Calhoun Street Bridge Rehabilitation Advertised for Bidding

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission will accept sealed bids on January 14th, 2010, for the rehabilitation of the Calhoun Street Bridge over the Delaware River near Trenton, NJ.


Eagle Painting and Maintenance to Recoat Historic Bridge

Eagle Painting and Maintenance Company of Lansing, IL, secured a contract of $2,542,500 from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to recoat the historic Michigan Street Bridge over the...


Liberty-Alpha Wins Amtrak Bridge Painting Project

Liberty-Alpha III J.V., LLC, of Campbell, OH, was awarded a contract of $19,689,000 by Amtrak to recoat four through truss spans with a combined length of 1,165 feet on the Thames River Rail...


Calatrava’s Samuel Beckett Bridge Opens in Dublin

Samuel Beckett Bridge, designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, was formally opened last week in Dublin, Ireland. The span, designed to help reduce vehicular traffic in the city ce...


TxDOT Announces Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge Painting Job

The Texas Department of Transportation will accept sealed bids in early January for coatings application and repair work on the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, a 5,818-foot-long structure that...


North Carolina DOT Lets Drawbridge Painting Project

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will accept sealed bids on December 17th for coatings work and steel grid deck replacement work on the Beaufort Channel Bridge.


PA Adds Bridge Projects from Stimulus $$

Pennsylvania’s Governor Edward G. Rendell announced on November 20 that more than 30 additional highway and bridge projects will be financed by stimulus money from the American Recovery and ...


Klicos Wins Piscataqua River Bridge Approach Painting Bid

Klicos Painting Company, Inc. of Baltimore, MD, was awarded a contract of $7,537,400 by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to recoat approximately 476,000 square feet of existing...


Titan Wins Benedict Bridge Painting Project

Titan Industrial Services, Inc. of Baltimore, MD, was awarded a contract of $2,446,000 by the Maryland State Highway Administration to recoat existing structural steel surfaces on the Benedi...


Abstracts Invited for Bridge Symposium

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois has announced a call for abstracts for the 7th Annual SEAOI Midwest Bridge Symposium on April 22, 2010, in Chicago, IL.


Vimas Wins Roebling Bridge Painting Project

Vimas Painting Company, Inc. (Campbell, OH) was awarded a contract of $16,240,000 by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to recoat the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, a 2,161.5-foot-long...


S&K Painting to Recoat Historic Lift Bridge

S&K Painting, Inc. of Clackamas, OR, secured a contract of $1,612,895 from the Oregon Department of Transportation to recoat structural steel surfaces on the Union Street Railroad Bridge.


Worker Dies from Fall at Bridge Site

An abrasive blaster at a bridge job near Pittsburgh, PA, fell to his death after one side of the swing scaffold he was working from broke, according to Frank Librich, assistant area director...


New York State Bridge Authority Announces Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Painting Job

The New York State Bridge Authority will accept sealed bids in late October for coatings work on the North Span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge over the Hudson River.


Spartan Contracting Wins Penndot Bridge Painting Job

Spartan Contracting of Campbell, OH, secured a contract of $890,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to perform surface preparation and coatings application on five bri...


Spartan Contracting Wins Penndot Bridge Painting Job

Spartan Contracting of Campbell, OH, secured a contract of $890,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to perform surface preparation and coatings application on five bridges...


Certified Coatings Wins Roebling Suspension Bridge Painting Project

Certified Coatings of Concord, CA, secured a contract of $14,941,800 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to recoat existing steel surfaces on the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, a 2...


New Hampshire DOT Announces Piscataqua River Bridge Painting Bid

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation will accept bids in late September for coatings work on the approaches of the Piscataqua River Bridge.


Maryland Transportation Authority Seeking Bids for Bay Bridge Painting

The Maryland Transportation Authority will accept sealed bids at the end of September for coatings work on the Westbound William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge, which spans the Chesapeake...


Painting of Two Trunk Sewer Crossings

The Mattabassett District of Cromwell, CT is currently advertising a project to clean and recoat all existing structural steel on two trunk sewer bridge crossings.


Oregon DOT Awards Coatings Inspection Contract

The Oregon Department of Transportation awarded a contract of $986,000 to West Coast Coating Consultants of Berkeley, CA, to perform inspection services for coatings work on the Astoria-Megl...


Allied Wins New Jersey DOT Bridge Painting Contract

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a $6,987,728.10 contract to Allied Painting of Franklinville, NJ to clean and paint five existing bridges throughout Passaic and Morri...


V.H.P Wins NC Bridge Painting Project

V.H.P Enterprises, Inc. of Tarpon Springs, FL was awarded a contract of $3,069,000 by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to recoat the Manns Harbor Bridge.


New Jersey DOT Awards Bridge Painting Projects

The New Jersey Department of Transportation recently awarded three bridge painting contracts using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Waterproofing Surfacing System

Dow Hyperlast introduced the TRAFFIDECK™ waterproofing and anti-slip surfacing system, described as a fast-setting polyurethane membrane.


Steel Bridge Design Class Planned

A bridge design class on straight and curved girder steel bridges using AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specification (2007) is planned for May 28-30 at the Holiday Inn in Newark, NJ.


Intl. Bridge Conf. Call for Papers

The 8th International Conference on Short and Medium Span Bridges 2010 has announced a call for papers and posters.


 
 
   

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