Can a bridge be built in one day?
April 27, 2012
Construction firms are using new techniques to streamline their project life cycle management strategies and deliver projects on-time.
One new technique that is gaining a lot of attention falls under the category of "accelerated bridge construction," which is being used in Massachusetts to repair a number of bridges and set a new standard.
The techniques, according to The New York Times, can shave months off a project's timeline. Using these methods, construction firms are able to build the structures on a separate site and then "slide" them into place in a manner of days. For example, the state's River Street bridge was put into place in one day.
Accelerated bridge construction attends to more than just infrastructure needs - it pays more attention to what drivers want, treating them as customers. "It's their money, after all," Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told the newspaper. "And it's their broken bridge."
Massachusetts isn't the only state that has embraced the construction technique. Utah, Florida, New York, Virginia and Washington have all employed the bridge-building process.