Bridge Articles

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The Case of the Delaminating Red Lead Primer

When the new topcoat on a bridge’s primer started to delaminate, the asset owner laid blame on the contractor. But could it have been caused by something else?

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Tips for Securing an Early Completion Bonus

Get five tips on how to help ensure that you’ll be getting your completion bonuses on bridge projects — new and rehab

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What Does It Take to Protect North America’s Infrastructure? IUPAT

North America relies on infrastructure. And infrastructure relies on International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) industrial painters and coating application specialists, and the companies that employ them, for long-lasting protection that can add 100 years to the lifespan of bridges alone.

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Historic New Zealand Viaduct Gets 21st-Century Makeover

Concerns over the deteriorating paint system, ongoing corrosion of the carbon steel, pooling water, suspect rivets, and a need to boost capacity prompted owner KiwiRail to seek out solutions to keep the viaduct operational heading into its second century.

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Hoaned in on Coordinated Bridge Recoat

With motorists above, a girder of the then 28-year-old bridge in Milwaukee, Wis., started to crack and sag. Although no injuries occurred, the steel arch bridge was closed immediately and repairs started soon after.

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Getting Your Kicks: Coating a Bridge on Historic Route 66

Before Pappas started the job, he scoped out the scene and found that the bridge was in very bad shape. It was so rusted that the steel had become compromised. “It had very deteriorated steel; we had to replace and strengthen and stiffen the steel after we blasted it,” he said.

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Mighty Mississippi: Bridging the Old and New

You can’t often bridge the gap between the past and present as directly as Thomas Industrial Coatings is on the 139-year-old Eads Bridge rehabilitation. By using the TruQC application (or app), they’re connecting the bridge’s history with the app’s innovation. For this project, highlighted in “The Mighty Mississippi: Coating Crew Saves River’s First Bridge” (CoatingsPro, May 2013), the coatings crew is maintaining quality control over the daily hazard analysis, weekly environmental report, toolbox talk, incident report, and timesheet submission.

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Bridge Work: Coatings Dive Deep

Until recently, The Lucius J. Kellam Jr. Bridge-Tunnel, more popularly known as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was also known as one of the “Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World,” joining the Golden Gate Bridge and the Panama Canal on the list of structural marvels. Although the “aging technology” has been replaced on the official list, the achievement behind it remains impressive: the location, daunting. This fact became immediately apparent to the coatings crew charged with repairing and recoating the bridge’s 54" (137.16cm) concrete piles after they were badly damaged by a run-away barge.