CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) reopened the Kedzie Avenue Bridge over the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, completing the reconstruction of this major commercial and industrial gateway. The three-span fixed bridge, which was first built in 1909 and reconstructed in 1969, was completely restored with a new concrete roadway deck; repaired girders, floor beams and lateral bracing; and new sidewalks with fiberglass panels.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Rust is a civil engineer’s nightmare. Motorists in the United States make more than 200 million trips across bridges rated structurally deficient or in need of significant maintenance and yearly inspection. Of the more than 17,000 bridges in New York, 12.5 percent are structurally deficient and 27 percent are considered functionally obsolete. One major culprit: corrosion of reinforcing steel.
RICHMOND, VA. — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has signed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which supports the future widening of 75 miles of I-64 from I-95 in Richmond to I-664 in Hampton. As a result of new transportation funding passed by the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year, about $100 million is currently now available to widen a section of I-64 in Newport News.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Funding and financing, performance management, and the systems management and operations culture are the critical issues that will be the focus of a three part State Department of Transportation Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) Roundtable that will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, during the TRB 93 Annual Meeting. A total of 13 CEOs are scheduled to participate in this unique series of sessions that will explore what is being done and what more can be done at the state level to address these critical issues.
“America’s infrastructure is as old, rusty, and energy defunct as my 1949 lead-sled,” is the message I’m driving — literally driving. On Labor Day 2013, I set out on a journey around America in my original Detroit classic car. As an author, journalist, and advocate, I’m dedicating the next six months, and 15,000 miles on my odometer, to the rebuilding of America. I believe that we need to build smarter, safer infrastructure faster than the maddening slow pace we the citizens currently accept. Central to the tour’s theme is the significance of robust structures to our homeland’s security.
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