The Best Tool for Tracking Our Crumbling Infrastructure Is In Orbit

The sad state of America’s bridges is a perennial topic amongst engineers and a regular talking point for politicians, all of whom have a plan to fix them. An interesting post from the European Space Agency shows how one of the best tools for repair is actually hanging out in Low Earth Orbit. » 5/18/15 12:03pm 5/18/15 12:03pm

This Is How They Test Crash Barriers On Bridges

Ever stare at the barest pieces of concrete and metal preventing you from veering off a bridge and plummeting hundreds of feet to your watery grave below, and wondering how they test all that? Me neither, let’s be honest. But if you did, it’s exactly how you think they’d do it. By crashing big stuff into it. » 5/06/15 5:00pm 5/06/15 5:00pm

John Oliver Makes America's Crumbling, Underfunded Infrastructure Sexy

America's roads, bridges and dams are slowly crumbling on top of us, and there's no longer enough funding for routine inspection, let alone maintenance, of all this unsexy infrastructure. Enter John Oliver, who tried Sunday night to do for infrastructure repairs what he did last year for net neutrality. » 3/02/15 5:19pm 3/02/15 5:19pm

Watch A Truck Literally Zip Up The New Median On The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge just got the new median it so desperately needed to prevent head-on collisions, but one neat feature about it is that it moves. Well, not on its own. It needs a truck to do that, and specifically, it needs what's known as a "zipper truck." And it's called that because it makes the median… » 1/14/15 10:49am 1/14/15 10:49am

Most expensive tolls in the United States

Nobody likes paying tolls, but they are a necessary evil. The money from tolls is used to fund the construction of new roadways, as well as maintenance. Unless you live in one of the 22 states that don't collect tolls, or a state where you can get by without owning a car, you have no other choice but to pony up and… » 1/06/15 10:20am 1/06/15 10:20am

You'll Never Find The (Unofficial) Oldest Bridge In New York City

The picture above is not, unfortunately, the oldest bridge in New York City. It's a picture of the Manhattan Bridge, arguably the prettiest in the area, under construction in 1909. While that's plenty old, it's still not the oldest bridge in New York. Not by a longshot. And you'll never find it. » 8/09/14 2:30pm 8/09/14 2:30pm

Watch A Bosnian Bridge Get Completely Swept Away By Torrential Floods

Horrific floods have completely submerged parts of Serbia and Bosnia over the past week, deluging the local citizenry with the most rainfall since record keeping began 120 years ago. In many areas, nothing is safe, not even the bridges meant to surmount the highest waters. This one was completely swept away. » 5/18/14 10:19am 5/18/14 10:19am