Building a Bridge in One Day

Boston may be known for the abomination that was The Big Dig, but an incredible recent development is surfacing in the city: new bridges are being built in just a day or two! The New York Times reports on the phenomenon known as “accelerated bridge construction”:

Nowhere have the various techniques for speeding bridge work been more enthusiastically embraced than in Massachusetts, which replaced 14 bridges on Interstate 93 last year over 10 weekends. But similar techniques are being used around the country, from Mesquite, Nev., to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which is getting 300 feet of new roadway one 25-foot prefabricated section at a time, 78 pieces in all. “We have a bridge that we simply cannot close to traffic,” said Ewa Bauer, chief engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

Now, if only we could be as fast as the Chinese in building other things…

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