Posted by Scott Reeve

4/18/18 11:11 AM

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Final Thoughts on the National Bridge Preservation Conference

Last week, I attended the National Bridge Preservation Partnership Conference in Florida.  This conference offers presentations from government agencies and industry on preservation technologies.  The conference is tied to the AASHTO Transportation System Preservation (TSP-2) regional partnerships. The primary topics are overlays, waterproofing and joints since these are the maintenance issues that all DOT’s and agencies face.  

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Topics: bridges, pedestrian bridges, FRP bridge deck, FRP Composites, pedestrian bridge decks

Posted by Scott Reeve

4/11/18 2:33 PM

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Port To Port: Renovating Our Waterfront Infrastructure

 

 

In our last blog we talked about the state of the nation’s ports, the amount of freight that moves through the U.S. and what it will take to modernize and rehabilitate America’s waterfront infrastructure. Improvement plans are underway. We’ve taken an excerpt from a report called Liquid Commerce to highlight some of those projects and how they reflect trade flows and volumes.

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Topics: waterfront infrastructure, Infrastructure, FRP Composites, FRP Resource Center, Composite Advantage, infrastructure bill

Posted by Scott Reeve

4/3/18 7:18 PM

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Navigating America's Aquatic Highways

 

For the majority of the population that are ‘land lubbers,’ talk about harbors and ports, and the sailors who braved unknown expanses of water to reach these safe havens, can be a bit of a mystery. It's also surprising when you look at the numbers and see how fast this area of infrastructure has grown.

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Topics: waterfront infrastructure, Wicket gates, ports

Posted by Scott Reeve

3/21/18 10:09 AM

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Bridge Collapse: What Can We Learn?

Photo courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

People across the nation continue to follow unfolding events around the March 16 collapse of the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. As a supplier of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) bridge products, we're also keenly interested in what went wrong. Since we've received several calls and questions from individuals seeking understanding, we decided to use our blog space to examine the incident and glean some lessons learned.

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Topics: pedestrian bridges

Posted by Scott Reeve

3/14/18 10:48 AM

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On the Charles Bridge

Bridges are special to people and places for so many reasons beyond just connecting two points. Bridges represent history, challenges and successes and often serve as a city's signature landmark, enjoyed by all. Since bridges are so integral to my work here at Composite Advantage, I make it a point to see as many as possible during any travel I might undertake. Which brings me to Prague, Czech Republic (AKA Czechia), where I recently had the opportunity cross the iconic Charles Bridge several times. 

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Topics: unique bridges, Charles Bridge

Posted by Scott Reeve

3/8/18 8:42 PM

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Fixing America’s Infrastructure – Part 2

 

President Dwight D. Eisenhower understood the value of roads. His conviction grew from experience after he participated in the U.S. Army's first transcontinental convoy of military vehicles. The journey from Washington to San Francisco took two months. During and after World War II, Eisenhower also made use of Germany's Reichautobahnen network of rural superhighways. He said, "The old convoy had started me thinking about good, two-lane highways, but Germany had made me see the wisdom of broader ribbons across the land." Eisenhower signed off on the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 and by the end of his administration in 1961, 10,440 miles of the 41,000-mile Interstate System had been opened to traffic (including 2,264 miles of turnpikes at a price tag of more than $10 billion). Those years also mark the last time there was a major infrastructure project in America. 

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Topics: infrastructure report card, infrastructure bill

Posted by Scott Reeve

3/1/18 11:00 AM

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Infrastructure: Mend, Repair, Patch, Rebuild

In 2017 the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued America’s infrastructure report card. Because of much needed, overdue repairs, ASCE gave the U.S. a D+ on this quadrennial report. This year, President Trump unveiled a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to get the ball rolling on these repairs - and there’s a lot to fix. Billions of gallons of water never make it to the tap because of leaky pipes. Utilities lack critical information needed to balance electricity loads, identify failures and enhance power flow. Waste water infrastructure needs more than $270 billion in updates. Of the nation’s 614,387 bridges, almost four in 10 are 50-plus years old. Commuters make approximately 188 million trips across structurally deficient bridges each day. The poor condition of the nation’s infrastructure must be addressed, and soon.

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Topics: infrastructure report card, infrastructure bill

Posted by Nicholas Slagter

2/21/18 10:00 AM

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Showing Off: January Parks Shows

Park and recreation associations know how to put on events that are fun yet educational. I recently attended events in Ohio and Indiana that, despite featuring educational sessions and great trade shows, were fun, family-friendly atmospheres, which is what parks and rec is really about. I participated in the fun at both shows, and loved the amount of interest people had in our FiberSPAN Trail Bridges.

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Topics: trail bridges, IPRA, OPRA

Posted by Scott Reeve

2/14/18 12:00 AM

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Infrastructure Days in DC and Hoping for Years

The past week has been a good week in Washington D.C. - definitely something you don’t hear people say very often. Last week was the composite industry’s annual Infrastructure Day in D.C., and the timing was perfect. After a year of planning, the Trump administration unveiled its Infrastructure Initiative on Monday, February 12.  It was the hot topic (on a cold day) as representatives from member companies of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) met with elected officials and staff members. Given the attention to infrastructure, our annual ‘day’ was actually two days - Feb 6-7.  Split into teams, we met with over 90 congressional offices and committees. I met with three Ohio offices, offices from a few states that have lots of bridges and waterfront and the Senate Public Works committee. Since Plastic News does a great job summarizing the visits, I'll focus on my personal observations.

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Topics: ACMA Infrastructure Day, Washington

Posted by Scott Reeve

2/7/18 10:05 AM

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Take Two With Cantilever Sidewalks

 

Pedestrian-friendly cities are on the rise, a trend some are calling the new urbanism. At the same time a stronger economy is driving more people to get behind the wheel. Despite technology that makes cars smarter, a report released in 2017 by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows that the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents increased 11 percent between 2015-2016. The report states that this is the “biggest single-year increase in pedestrian fatalities ever, and the highest number in more than two decades.” Last month the National Safety Council substantiated the claim, stating that traffic deaths overall increased six percent in 2016. 

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Topics: cantilever sidewalks