The phrase “America’s crumbling infrastructure” has been said over and over again the past few years. It’s why we’ve seen such a large uptick in bridge demolitions, a rise in innovative processes to reduce the time it takes to replace bridges, and the reason for President Trump’s emphasis on spending $1 trillion over the next 10 years to fix them.
But where are all the bridges? Thanks to help the National Bridge Inventory, the Washington Post was able to grab data from their latest update and place all of the structurally deficient bridges onto an interactive map. The National Bridge Inventory places poorly performing bridges into 2 categories: functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. Functionally obsolete bridges may or may not be structurally sound, but underperform in other ways, like not having enough lanes or the lack of an emergency shoulder. Structurally deficient bridges are those “that have one or more structural defects that require attention.”
The National Bridge Inventory data states that more than 130,000 bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. According to USA Today, 55,710 bridges were considered structurally deficient in 2016, which is actually down slightly as compared to 2015. USA Today reported that the top five states with the most structurally deficient bridges are Iowa (4,968), Pennsylvania (4,506), Oklahoma (3,460), Missouri (3,195), and Nebraska (2,361).
Bridges are graded based upon their overall sufficiency scores, and the Washington Post reported that the bridges with the lowest sufficiency scores will be prioritized for federal financing. Because the bridge data is only current through 2015, there are still a lot of bridges on the list that have already been demolished, like the Washita River Bridge in Oklahoma.
Full Story: How many structurally deficient bridges are in your county? | The Washington Post
Full Story: Nearly 56,000 bridges called structurally deficient | USA Today
Every now and then a new product comes along and you ask yourself, “why didn’t I think of that?!” The OVAL Fire Extinguisher is just that product. Architecture and interior design have been moving towards cleaner lines in their spaces. Foregone are the days of bulky protruding water fountains (bubblers for my northern friends) and fire extinguisher cabinets. Interior designers are looking for cleaner and sleeker interior spaces but the 10lb fire extinguishers and cabinets have not changed for quite some time. OVAL is about to change all that.
Do you own Bosch Cordless Power Tools? Is it time for a battery upgrade? Take a look at Bosch’s new CORE 18V batteries. They have gone in and completely revamped their 18V batteries! They are now smaller, lighter, more powerful, have a longer life, and allow for more cuts and drives. Bosch has been able to achieve all of these benefits while also delivering corded performance in high-load applications.
On Tuesday, June 20, OSHA is set to propose a delay on new requirements for cranes and derricks in the construction industry at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).
Trenches are dangerous, but many companies and workers continue to deny it. Or their actions make it seem like they do, at least. There’s never an excuse to let someone into a hole if it hasn’t been properly sloped, benched, or shored. Nevertheless, dozens of construction workers are killed and injured by trench collapses every year.
Many contractors and repair technicians live out of their truck and Milwaukee Tool knows this. That’s why they’ve just released an M12 and M18 battery charger that plugs into the c12V DC outlet in your truck or van! As added security, the charger will automatically shut down if it senses that your vehicle’s battery is getting too low. Smart and ultra-convenient.
We know a lot of you out there could use this charger, so we teamed up with Milwaukee to give YOU the chance to WIN one! There are 4 ways to enter below!
The 2017 Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposium (NPS) was held last week at Milwaukee’s headquarters and it proved to be a whirlwind of new products and information from the red brand. Over 80 new tools and accessories, which will be released throughout the remainder of 2017, were presented to dozens of media representatives, including construction magazines, YouTubers, Instagrammers, and your favorite construction blog (Construction Junkie, obviously).
After flooding our social media pages with Milwaukee information and gathering our thoughts from the event, we’ve come up with our 9 biggest takeaways from the event, in no particular order.
Beards are a rite of passage for many men across the world. For some, it’s a symbol of their manliness, for others, it’s rooted in religious beliefs. One contractor in the UK, however, is concerned with the safety risk the facial hair causes.
Strange things are found on job sites across the globe all the time. We’ve shared plenty of stories in the past about the odd things construction workers have discovered, like human remains, 200,000 year old mammoth bones, ancient roman treasure, and more. When contractors dig in the dirt, there’s always a chance of uncovering history. Sometimes, though, the things found can be extremely dangerous.
Every year, Turner & Townsend, a construction and project management consultant in the UK, performs a large scale International Construction Market Survey. The survey examines spending and cost trends from major markets from around the world to provide insight on the construction industry’s global performance.