Infrastructure Week, Day 3: Transit

Public transit is a staple of our nation that continues to grow yearly, although remains neglected and radically underfunded. American transit systems carry billions of people a year via trains, commuter buses, ridesharing services, and more. These systems mainly provide transportation in urban areas, but are vital in many rural areas across the county. In …

Infrastructure Week, Day 2: Water

Water is a vital resource, but with a rise in deteriorating infrastructure and underfunded programs like the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), we’ve run into a nationwide problem. In recent years, we’ve witnessed water crisis on a national scale in places like Michigan, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and even closer to home here in …

Infrastructure Week, Day 1: Bridges

How do we resolve a problem as widespread as nationally deficient bridge infrastructure? Year after year, America’s deteriorating infrastructure is so critically neglected that now, in 2021, we face a multi-billion-dollar backlog for the rehabilitation of bridges, a vital facet of the nation’s transportation infrastructure. While the number of structurally deficient bridges in the United …

What is a cofferdam?

Have you ever crossed a bridge with its support rooted underwater and wondered how engineers managed to construct it, or how they maintain it? You certainly would not be the only one. Underwater bridge supports are typically accomplished through the building of cofferdams, which are temporary barriers – essentially 3- or 4-sided boxes – that …

National Safe Digging Month

Regardless of any lingering chill in the air, spring has officially sprung and most homeowners are happy to trade in their snow blowers for lawn mowers. This is the time of year when people start to make landscaping and gardening plans. Not only is April the first full month of spring, it is also National …