Detroit Sparks Infrastructural News

i-75, home of the River Rouge bridge imperative to the highway's functionality

Another bridge in America has been deemed as deficient, which sadly comes as no shock to anyone well-educated on the current state of America’s infrastructure. The Rouge River bridge, a part of Detroit’s major trans-way the 1-75 was last inspected in 2013 and will not be repaired until 2017, still two years away even though it has clearly been marked as a hazard. The deck surface of the bridge is slowly deteriorating and will cost at least $80 million to repair. The city of Detroit has been suffering relentlessly in terms of their economy, thus it comes as no surprise to see the city’s infrastructure experiencing drawbacks as well. Diane Cross, a spokeswoman for Michigan’s Department of Transportation has publicly stated that a bill to repair the damages sooner is attempting to be passed but only the words possible and maybe can be used at this time.



A prime example of crumbling infrastructure in the city of Detroit

Infrastructure in Detroit has been notoriously suffering in all aspects of their economy since the 1970s when manufacturing jobs began immigrating to other countries after the impact of globalization. A city that used to host over 300,000 manufacturing jobs now only has 25,000. Beautiful Victorian homes that were once architectural masterpieces are now abandoned by families who can no longer afford to pay property tax and amenities bills. Some suburban streets display lived in homes, directly beside homes that have be burnt down to scare away those unfortunate enough to be homeless.

The citizens of Detroit have become so frustrated but the state of the cit’s infrastructure, that it has become imperative to establish a system to sort through the various complaints. Mayor Mike Duggan is set to unveil a mobile application called “Improve Detroit”. The application is meant to help citizens file their complaints for effectively and gather enough data in order to respond appropriately. Residents will be able to report more than just corroding infrastructure, such as potholes and traffic malfunctions. Although the intentions of the Majyor Duggan are clearly for the benefit of the city, it is a sad time when a solution such as this needs to be implemented in the first place. Hopefully small initiatives such as this can help Detroit rebuild its city and somehow restore the economy to the best of its ability.

At Giatec we are happy to see smart technology being used to solve this issue and we hope devices such as ours to promote sustainability in concrete will be used in the future repair and rehabilitation of America’s once booming city.

Sources: Charles Ramirez, Detroit News The Detroit News

Related Articles

giatec award for best paper

Giatec Award for Best Paper

We are very excited to announce the launch of our annual research paper contest! This is a great opportunity for civil-engineers to expose their research and development to a global audience of industry experts. Plus, the…

Schematic representation of service-life stages for structures exposed to chloride-induced corrosion risk

Analyzing Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Structures

Reinforced concrete structures have shaped our cities for thousands of years, from historical buildings stretching as far back as the Romans to present day, such as the 3-storey parking garage adjacent to the mega shopping mall…

Concrete Robot

Concrete-Eating Robots – The Future of Recycling Old Buildings

The process of demolishing a building involves heavy machinery to crush concrete and separate valuable materials that can be reused. Current methods consume quite a significant amount of time and money in order to safely disassemble the building, extract parts, and transport the materials to off-site centers…

rcon

Why Measure Concrete Resistivity?

Concrete is a porous material which contains microscopic voids known as pores. These pores range in size, vary in connectivity (pore structure) and can be added to the concrete via air-entraining admixtures. The water-to-cementitious material and…

completed road

Open Roads Sooner with Concrete Curing Sensors

Road construction can be a lengthy, disruptive process—so ensuring that your project stays on schedule is one of your most important responsibilities as a project manager. Even before groundwork can be begin, the planning stages of…

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience, analyze site traffic and assist in our marketing efforts. By continuing to use this website, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy Page.