How Often Should Bridges Inspections Occur

How Often Should Bridges Inspections Occur

The United States is home to over 618,400 highway bridges, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) 2022 Bridge Report. Along with regular cleaning, maintenance, and repair – in addition to periodic rehabilitation – these publicly owned bridges must be inspected routinely. How often highway bridge inspections occur, however, hinges on several […]

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Some Of The Biggest Bridge Maintenance Projects In Recent U.S. History

Some Of The Biggest Bridge Maintenance Projects In Recent U.S. History

The United States is certainly not the oldest nation in the world and there are few structures still standing here that are more than 400 years old, which is incredibly recent by European standards and those of other parts of the globe. A bridge in Greece, for example, is purported to be the oldest bridge […]

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SNOOPER ™ Trucks Are Often Used During Bridge Maintenance

SNOOPER ™ Trucks Are Often Used During Bridge Maintenance

Bridges, like people, require maintenance as they get older. And the United States has plenty of aging highway bridges. According to the most recent Infrastructure Report Card published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), there are more than 617,000 bridges across the United States. However, more than 42 percent of those bridges are […]

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How A SNOOPER ™ Truck Helps When There Is A Suspected Bridge Failure

Anyone who works with highway bridges, whether constructing them, maintaining, repairing them, or even inspecting them, their biggest fear is a bridge failure. Keep in mind that a bridge “failure” does not always entail the collapse of a bridge span but can mean the presence of a significant degree of damage. If the damage, regardless […]

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What Makes A Snooper™  Truck Ideal For Bridge Inspections?

Asking what it is about Snooper™ trucks that make them so ideal for bridge inspections might seem like a trick question to veteran bridge inspectors. For many DOTs, engineering firms, and highway contractors, a Snooper™ truck is the epitome of the ultimate bridge inspection vehicle. In fact, the legendary Snooper™ has become almost synonymous with […]

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What Bridge Inspection Crews Can Find Using a Snooper™ Truck

Routine bridge inspections are, more often than not, exactly that: routine. Most of the time, on most highway and railway bridges, there is little or nothing out of the ordinary that comes up. Except when there is. A vivid example of what bridge inspection crews can find while using a Snooper™ truck or other under […]

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How a Snooper™ Truck Makes Bridge Inspection Projects Easier

The venerable Snooper™ truck has been around for almost five decades now, the very first model being sold back in 1964. And they have been associated with bridge inspection and repair from the start. As we noted in an earlier article, the original equipment was designed to “inspect, repair, sandblast, paint” underneath bridge decks. And […]

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The Uses Of A SNOOPER™ Truck

For many of our customers, the first and foremost use for a SNOOPER™ truck is for under bridge applications. This could be, as an original SNOOPER™ put it, to “…inspect, repair, sandblast, paint” underneath a bridge deck. In fact, authentic Snooper™ under bridge inspection and maintenance trucks have been widely used for these purposes since […]

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What Makes McClain So Unique? An Employees POV

Companies, like people, are complex and multi-faceted. And no two are exactly alike. McClain & Co., Inc. known publicly for its long-standing tradition of delivering superb customer service, its high standards when it comes to equipment and safety, and the collective expertise, knowledge, and experience of its employees. But McClain and Company, along with owner […]

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We All Know The Venerable Snooper Truck, But What Is A ‘Snooper’ Truck?

Of course, we know that it is an underbridge inspection and maintenance truck. But what many people don’t realize is that not all underbridge trucks are SNOOPER™ underbridge vehicles.  While it is true that we’ve been referring to just about every articulated boom lift truck as “snoopers” for almost five decades now, the name “SNOOPER™” […]

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