Safety of Bay Area bridges monitored using new technology

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Cars drive over hundreds of thousands of bridges daily that develop issues beneath the surface, so researchers from Tampa Bay and central Florida are teaming up to develop new technology to be more proactive about bridge repairs. 

Bridges are the backbone of roadways, so traffic stops when problems pop up.

“In order to inspect the bridges, the lanes are closed. The bridges are closed or segments of the roads are closed,” said Necati Catbas, Ph.D., a professor of structural engineering at the University of Central Florida.

Catbas and the University of South Florida’s Rasim Guldiken, Ph.D., are working together to keep drivers moving and create a better way to help bridge inspectors.

“Currently the cars are computers on wheels, right? So what we are working on for this particular project is using some type of sensors and trying to detect…

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