The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) over the weekend opened a bridge along Route 74 in Shoreham that was closed for repair in mid September. Reopening the bridge in less than seven weeks was possible due to an accelerated construction process that reduces not only the length of construction, but also reduces the cost of repair. Final repair costs are expected to run about $450,000. Repairing the bridge using more traditional construction techniques that include either erecting a temporary bridge or maintaining one lane of traffic over the bridge while it is under construction likely would have added between $100,000 to $300,000 to the cost of the project, and added as many as 12 weeks to the construction schedule. ‘Closing the bridge location to all traffic does inconvenience the public to a greater degree, but it also allows us to finish the project much more quickly and at a significant cost savings,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘The accelerated construction process is not the best choice in all locations. But as transportation funding becomes tighter, we will be looking for more opportunities to use this technique so that we can stretch our dollars and repair as many deficient bridges as possible.’ The Shoreham bridge, which was closed on September 20, 2011, had significant deck repair needs, including full-depth holes that caused the bridge to be closed, in an emergency fashion, for several days in the spring. The holes were covered with a steel plate, which allowed the bridge to remain open until long-term repairs could be conducted. Reopening the bridge, which was closed as part of VTrans’ regular bridge construction program and not as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, eliminates a 20-mile detour and allows two-way traffic to flow freely along Route 74.
Infiniti QX Inspiration Electric SUV At NAIAS: Photos & Videos Infiniti Qs Inspiration Source: Electric Vehicle News “The concept’s all-new flexible architecture has been developed specifically to accommodate high-performance electrified powertrains, and enables a reinterpretation of traditional ‘three-box’ sedan design. INFINITI designers and engineers have been able to adapt the mechanical layout and physical proportions of the car, engaging drivers and keeping them connected to the road, while providing a sense of elevation and control.Sedans have represented the backbone of INFINITI’s lineup since the brand’s inception in 1989, with enthusiast drivers drawn to their abundant power and low center of gravity. Three decades on from the arrival of the technology-laden Q45 sedan, the Qs Inspiration features a low-mounted powertrain and potent e-AWD system engineered to thrill drivers with instantaneous acceleration and sustained power delivery. The raised driving position offers a clearer view of the road ahead, without a raised body to compromise dynamics.”Christian Meunier, chairman of INFINITI said:“For 30 years, INFINITI has built a reputation for introducing new technology that delights and gives confidence to drivers. The age of electrification presents us with an opportunity to renew our credentials as an innovative challenger brand, ready to move quickly and decisively in this growing and exciting area of the market.” But will it actually be a plug-in?Infiniti released the first two images of its upcoming new Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept, scheduled for the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.The Qs Inspiration is a sports sedan with elevated driving position and high-performance electrified all-wheel drive (e-AWD) powertrain.The Japanese manufacturer didn’t exactly say it’s all-electric, plug-in hybrid or a non-plug-in hybrid e-Power system. As the brand intends to offer “electric and e-POWER powertrains”, we assume that it could be the second option. Regardless of the concept today, the production version in 2021 still could be all-electric.Infiniti news Infiniti Prototype 10: Mega Gallery, Plus Videos From Pebble Beach Debut Nissan & Infiniti Concept Cars Hint at Future EVs Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 11, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News