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Hurricane Sandy, Late October 2012, New Jersey

Video:  The Miracle of Route 35, Arora and Associates, P.C., Consulting Engineers

This is a short documentary of Arora and Associates' team effort to complete the NJ Route 35 Reconstruction in Mantoloking, NJ within ten weeks post super storm Sandy.

Bridge Engineers Meet the Challenge of Aging Infrastructure

US Old Route 219 Bridge Project, Springville, NY

The class of CIE 584 - Bridge Engineering 1, with instructors Sam Anthony, P.E., Adjunct Professor and Josh Rodems, P.E., Adjunct Professor (Erdman Anthony Associates) toured the bridge construction site of the Old US Route 219 (South Cascade Drive/Miller Road) over Cattaraugus Creek on November 30, 2016.  Andrew Schwingel (first-year IBE Graduate Student) and Josh Rodems (UB IBE Graduate) played an intricate role in the explosive demolition of the old bridge, new bridge superstructure design, and the erection of the new structural steel.  Sam Anthony served as the Lead Structural Engineer for the project.  

The team of Erdman Anthony and Cold Spring Construction (Akron, NY) was awarded the NYSDOT Design-Build contract to replace the bridge in June of 2015.  Construction began in the spring of 2016, the explosive demolition of the old bridge led by Controlled Demolitions, Inc. was done on June 2, 2016, and the final girder was set in place on December 5, 2016.  The nearly $17 million bridge is scheduled to be open in the spring of 2017.  Further details on Erdman Anthony's Transportation Engineering services are available at their general website ( or at their transportation section (

Class Trip to the Old Route 219 Bridge Project, Springville, NY


Letchworth State Park, NY - Portageville Bridge

Portageville Steel Bridge Built in 1875, Genesee River.

Portageville Steel Bridge Built in 1875 over the Genesee River.

Presentation:  Portageville Arch Bridge Replacement 

"The Portageville Bridge, also known as the High Bridge, is considered to be the vital link along the Southern Tier Route, crossing the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park in Portageville, NY. Unfortunately, it is the weakest link on the line. Built in 1875, the historic 820-foot steel viaduct can no longer meet the demands of a Class 1 Heavy Freight Railroad. Norfolk Southern needed to find a solution for this tired workhorse. They turned to trusted bridge engineering firm Modjeski and Masters to help solve their infrastructure challenges."

Original Wooden Trestle Bridge, Portageville - Construction of the original wooden bridge began on July 1, 1851 and opened on August 14, 1852. The great wooden railroad bridge was destroyed in a fire on May 6, 1875. The Erie Railroad Company quickly began construction of a steel replacement bridge on June 8, 1875 and the new bridge opened for traffic July 31, 1875.

New NY Bridge to Replace the Tappan Zee

After a decade of discussion and planning, the New NY Bridge project is creating a state-of-the-art, twin-span replacement for the 3.1-mile Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River.  Opened in 1955, the old design, built to last 50 years, could not handle the increased traffic loads, and presented safety issues with narrow lanes and no shoulders.  In addition, the maintenance costs for the older structure could justify the cost of bridge replacement.

UB Faculty and Students Visit "New NY Bridge Project" at the Tappan Zee Bridge




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