Structural News

St. Croix River Crossing opening delayed to late 2017

The Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation announced that the St. Croix River Crossing project will be open to traffic by the fall of 2017. In September, MnDOT and WisDOT and the contractor for the project, Lunda/Ames Joint Venture, announced that the original completion date in 2016 was not attainable.

Modjeski and Masters to inspect Walt Whitman Bridge

Bridge design and engineering firm Modjeski and Masters announced that it will conduct a full hands-on inspection of the Walt Whitman Bridge facility for the Delaware River Port Authority. The inspection will examine portions of the main bridge and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey approach structures.

PCL raises the roof on BMO Field

In a feat of engineering that has dramatically transformed the skyline surrounding the City of Toronto’s historic Exhibition Place grounds, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) raised the roof on BMO Field’s south concourse the morning of February 21, 2016.

AWC’s 2015 Wood Design Package now available in print

The American Wood Council's (AWC) 2015 Wood Design Package is now available for purchase in printed format. The document set contains the 2015 National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction, with Commentary and 2015 Supplement: Design Values for Wood Construction, and the 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) with Commentary.

CFSEI publishes Technical Note on Mechanical Bridging and Bridging Anchorage

The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) has published a new Technical Note, “Mechanical Bridging and Bridging Anchorage of Axially Loaded Cold-Formed Steel Studs” (Tech Note W400-16). It provides a detailed discussion of the design requirements and methods to laterally brace (bridge) axially loaded cold-formed steel stud walls.

BSSC free webinar to focus on NEHRP site factors

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host a free webinar Tuesday, March 22, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EDT, to present updates to site factors in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program’s (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions and ASCE/SEI 7-16, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff designing new bridge in Oxford, N.J.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation awarded a contract to WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff to design a replacement for the Route 31 Bridge over Furnace Brook in Oxford Township, New Jersey. The existing single-span bridge will be replaced with a 28-foot-long single-span structure with a precast concrete rigid frame.

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