Work Gets Underway in Iowa for Short Span Steel Demonstration Bridge Using eSPAN140


An innovative, first-of-its-kind, bridge-building demonstration sponsored by the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance is now underway in Buchanan County, Iowa. The design for the replacement bridge was created using eSPAN140, the free web-based design tool developed by the SSSBA to provide a more cost-effective manner to quickly design short span steel bridges. (See to learn more about the design tool). Click here to see the video from the live construction camera that was placed on the job site.

Old Buchanan County Short Span Bridge before Demoltion

This is the old bridge located outside Jesup, Iowa that is being replaced with a new short span steel bridge. This bridge was demolished August 20 by a Buchanan County Secondary Roads crew.

The bridge to be replaced is located on V-65 south of Jesup, Iowa

The old bridge was demolished on August 20, 2013. Built in 1947, it had a sufficiency rating of less than 5 and was only 22 ft. wide. In its place will be a modern 40 ft. wide bridge with galvanized steel rolled-beams and galvanized rebar. The bridge construction and replacement is scheduled for completion in late October.

Demonstration Project Team


  • Buchanan County, Iowa: Installation/Demolition

Design, Research and  Testing

This demonstration bridge project is a joint effort with West Virginia University, the University of Wyoming and Iowa State University.

Click here to read more about the project start from the Iowa DOT.

To learn more about the demonstration project send an email to Dan Snyder.

About Rich Tavoletti

Rich Tavoletti is Director of the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance. He is also Director of the Container Market program for the Steel Market Development Institute, a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute, and Executive Director of the Canned Food Alliance. Rich has extensive experience in marketing and communications. He was marketing manager at the Steel Recycling Institute. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at
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1 Response to Work Gets Underway in Iowa for Short Span Steel Demonstration Bridge Using eSPAN140

  1. For old Bridges proper inspection and rehabilitation should be done. A proper bridge needs to be implanted so as for the feasibility of the people and safety as well. Soon the work gets done with a strong and life long bridge.

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