Is the US Bridge Industry Losing its Edge?

Bridges Magazine, May/June 2005, Craig Finley, P.E.

Long before I started my career as a bridge engineer, the United States held a leadership role in the design and construction of major bridge projects. Groundbreaking bridges, such as the Golden Gate and the Verrazano Narrows, immediately come to mind.

Even in recent times, American bridge designers and builders have displayed flashes of inventiveness and creativity – the Sunshine Skyway and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge are glowing examples. However, the big picture isn’t as impressive for the U.S. bridge building industry. Too often, bridge professionals in this country are taking the safe route, missing the chance to do something great (sometimes even to do something good). Read more…

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