How to Build a Better Bridge

Politicians have decided to spend $1.3 billion on an 83 year old bridge between Staten Island, NY and Bayonne, NJ. Because the Panama Canal is the reason, $1.3 billion makes sense. During 2015 or perhaps later if construction delays continue,…

The Panama Canal and an Invisible Line

When a desk destined for Ohio leaves China on a super-sized container ship, should it enter the US in LA or NY? The Panama Canal could determine the answer. Imagine a jagged north south line dividing the US. Located somewhere between…

Supership Problems

When is a supership a problem? When the water is not deep enough or the Bayonne Bridge is not high enough. To understand the Bayonne Bridge problem (and care about the answer), we have to look back to August 1914…