Posted by Brendon Embry

8/15/17 2:14 PM

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The Biggest Dam Bridge

In Little Rock, Arkansas, the Pulaski County Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge crosses the Arkansas River and is the centerpiece of the Big Dam Bridge Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail. At 4,226 feet, it's the longest pedestrian bridge in North America open only to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. We thought it worth a mention in our trail bridge blog series. 

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Posted by Brendon Embry

8/9/17 12:00 PM

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Living the High Line

After nearly 50 years of service, the High Line, part of New York City’s West Side Line, closed to railway traffic in 1980. Over the next 20 years, the railway was preserved in hopes to house a new subway line. Instead, a nonprofit group called Friends of the High Line emerged with a new idea for the former railway. The result isn't your typical trail bridge.

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Posted by Brendon Embry

8/2/17 12:00 PM

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Iowa's Unorthodox Trail Bridge

In the middle of the Des Moines River Valley, there's a half-mile trail bridge that connects 600 miles of trails in Central Iowa. The High Trestle Trail Bridge, as it's known, was reopened in 2011 as the fifth longest pedestrian bridge in the United States. It's not the length of the bridge that has gotten the world’s attention, however - it's the design. And the subject of our latest trail bridge blog.

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Topics: trail bridges

Posted by Scott Reeve

7/26/17 12:00 AM

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The Infrastructure Report Card Is Out

 

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) quadrennial Infrastructure Report Card for 2017 is out. The US gets a D+, a grade that's unchanged from 2013. If we break down the report card, it’s a little discouraging.

  • Bridges: C+
  • Roads: D
  • Ports: C+
  • Inland waterways: D
  • Levees: D

Let's take a closer look.

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Topics: Infrastructure

Posted by Brendon Embry

7/20/17 3:52 PM

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An All-Natural Trail Bridge

Inside Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest lies the Red River Gorge Geological Area. Inside this area, there are around 150 natural arches, the highest concentration of natural arches east of the Mississippi River. There's a trail within the forest called the Sky Bridge Loop Trail. This 0.9 mile trail is considered very accessible for any hikers, but the trail takes its name from a unique feature. As part of our trail bridge blog series, we'll examine this unique feature.

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Topics: trail bridges, state parks

Posted by Brendon Embry

7/12/17 11:34 AM

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The Oldest and Last Incan Bridge

 

Most bridges today are made with materials such as steel, concrete, fiber composites or bricks. One material that's not used in new construction is rope. However, one of the oldest bridges in the world is a rope bridge. Since we enjoy highlighting the wide world of pedestrian bridges, we will count a rope bridge as fiber reinforced. 

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Topics: pedestrian bridges, trail bridges

Posted by Brendon Embry

7/5/17 2:34 PM

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Anderson Ferry has Bicentennial

On the shores of Dry Creek in Hebron, Kentucky, you will see a boat carrying four cars across the Ohio River as the sun rises in early in the day. The ride is only a couple of bucks, and it takes just minutes to cross the Ohio River to the shores of Cincinnati. One of these ferries has the name, “Boone No. 7,” painted onto its steel frame. It's the first steel ferry put into operation in the US, opening in 1937.

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Topics: waterfront infrastructure, ferry terminals

Posted by Brendon Embry

6/28/17 9:00 AM

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Jacksonville's St. Johns River Ferry

Only a few short years ago, Jacksonville, Florida had a ferry route across the St. Johns River that was in disrepair and near closure. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority took control of the St. Johns River Ferry on March 31, 2016 and brought along funding to improve the ferry link that reduces the drive time for many people living and working north of Jacksonville. In the process, the JTA refurbished the landings and aimed to make the ferries profitable once again.

 

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Topics: waterfront infrastructure, ferry terminals, st. johns river ferry

Posted by Brendon Embry

6/21/17 1:05 PM

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Ferry Service in the U.S.

Tucked between the towns of Rocky Hill and Glastonbury, Connecticut lies a three-vehicle barge that provides rides across the Connecticut River. This service is known as the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry, which began operations in 1655. This makes it the oldest operating ferry service in the United States. We've been involved in quite a few waterfront infrastructure projects, and wanted to offer our perspective on the history of ferries in America.

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Topics: waterfront infrastructure, ferry terminals

Posted by Brendon Embry

6/14/17 9:20 AM

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Sarah Long Bridge for the Next Century

The states of Maine and New Hampshire started a project called the “Three Bridge Agreement” in 2011. The project addresses the three bridges that the two states jointly own, including the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. As part of the agreement, the old bridge would be replaced by a new version that would allow more clearance for ship traffic along with features that bring it to federal interstate highway standards.

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Topics: vehicle bridges, wind fairings