From Wednesday’s New York Times:
Did Someone Order an Instant Bridge?
BOSTON — The River Street Bridge here is normally unremarkable, the kind of structure people drive over every day without a thought. When it fell into disrepair, state officials knew that replacing it would normally involve two years of detours and frustration for local drivers.
Instead, they did it over a weekend.
By using “accelerated bridge construction” techniques, a collection of technologies and methods that can shave months if not years off the process of building and replacing critical infrastructure, Massachusetts is at the forefront of a national effort that is aimed at putting drivers first.
“This will be the new normal,” said Victor M. Mendez, the head of the Federal Highway Administration.
Quick replacement of bridges, however, is anything but intuitive, he said. “If you haven’t seen it, it seems kind of odd that you’ll pick up a bridge and slide it into place,” he said.
But that’s just what the Massachusetts Department of Transportation did, as the Times reported.
Which got the hardwondering staff to wondering: Did we miss this story in the local dailies?
And here’s what the hardsearching staff found.
From the Boston Globe:
From the Boston Herald:
We could be wrong, but sure looks like the Times scooped the Boston dailies on this story.