Diverting Waters at Illinois River

Diverting Waters at Illinois River Editor: Allison Braswell  The McClugage Bridge has been carrying over 20,000 daily commuters over the Illinois River to and from Peoria, IL for nearly 75 years. As weather, vehicle use, and salt used in snow removal have caused the bridge to deteriorate, it has finally come time to commence some long-awaited improvements. Reconstruction of the eastbound span of the bridge began in 2019. This 3-lane structure requires 22 new piers, each of which ... Read more

Biggest Infrastructure Project in the Nation

Biggest Infrastructure Project in the Nation 112-Year-Old Train Bridge to be Replaced  Editor: Allison Braswell Since the construction of Portal Bridge in 1910, it has become the busiest rail line in the entire Western Hemisphere. This swing-style rail bridge that spans the Hackensack River from Kearney to Secaucus, NJ has been working on her last legs. One out of seven times the bridge opens, it fails to close properly. Operational issues like this have been the culprit ... Read more

Shrewsbury River Bridge Replacement

Shrewsbury River Bridge Replacement  Editor: Allison Braswell    One of the two emergency evacuation routes in Rumson, NJ utilized in times of flooding and coastal storms is deemed unsafe for use. The Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge stretches over the Shrewsbury River between the Borough of Rumson and the Borough of Sea Bright in Monmouth County, NJ. Built in 1950, the drawbridge's structural and functional limitations do not meet today's design standards and is ... Read more

Big Hammer to Stimulate NOLA

Big Hammer to Stimulate NOLA Editor: Allison Braswell Louisiana's transportation system, like every roadway in the USA, is the backbone of the state's economy. Maintaining aging bridges has become more difficult for all State DOTs (Department of Transportation) with the increase in personal vehicles. Built in 1960, the swing bridge over Amite River in French Settlement, LA has seen its fair share of motorists. In fact, it is no longer considered structurally capable of supporting its ... Read more

Hurricane Michael: Rebuilding the Panhandle

Hurricane Michael: Rebuilding the Panhandle Editor: Allison Braswell In 2022, the Florida Panhandle is still recovering from the devastating 2018 Category-5 Hurricane, Michael, with Mexico Beach suffering the brunt of its fury. Nearly every house within this beach community was flattened, turning the coast into a 3-mile field of debris and ruins. Although the beach's recovery has come a long way in the past 4 years, there is still a long way to go before the area is fully restored. D ... Read more

Dundalk Marine Terminal is Efficiency Bound

Dundalk Marine Terminal is Efficiency Bound  Editor: Allison Braswell  The 570-acre Dundalk Marine Terminal is the largest and most versatile cargo facility at the Port of Baltimore, it is also one of the top 10 busiest terminals in the nation. It is not unusual for semi-trailer truck drivers to wait for up to eight hours to pick up shipping containers that cargo ships unload onto the terminal due to the sheer volume housed on every vessel. Not only does the heavy tra ... Read more

Creating Safer Recreational Grounds in Lower Manhattan

Creating Safer Recreational Grounds in Lower Manhattan  Editor: Allison Braswell    As sea levels are on the rise due to coastal storms and other threats posed by climate change, the City of New York is taking action to protect parks, neighborhoods, and vegetation across 2.4 miles of Manhattan's East Side against storm damage and flooding. Beginning in Fall 2020, the $1.45-billion East Side Coastal Resiliency Project involves elevating East River Park, ins ... Read more

3 Points of Contact

3 Points of Contact Bridge construction team reinvents mobility and driven pile control Editor: Debbie Reaney Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc., based out of Wilmington, NC, was awarded a new project in July 2021 on behalf of Effingham County and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to help increase residential and business access to the rapidly growing Rincon community. Selected due to their past work with GDOT infrastructure projects across the state, including H ... Read more

Twice the ICE®

Editor: Debbie Reaney A major access route to the NJ Turnpike, I-95 and northern Ocean County is in the process of receiving a facelift. Sharon Station Road, in Allentown, NJ, will be wider, safer, and more beautiful once construction is completed. The replacement of 3 bridges, the addition of a roundabout, and the widening of the road, all complete with landscaping upgrades, will turn this stretch of well-traveled road into an efficient and scenic way to traverse this portion of New Jersey ... Read more

ICE® I-125 Driving Against the Current

ICE® I-125 Driving Against the Current  Editor: Debbie Reaney  Recently, the Buckeye, LLP Terminal in Jacksonville, FL expanded their docking locations to facilitate the movement of more cargo. This terminal is primarily used for liquid petroleum products, which are in high demand as the spring and summer travel seasons approach. The overall project purpose was to make changes to the existing dock to improve the mooring for oil carrier vessels. The dock improvements sup ... Read more