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 Dan Snyder

Dan Snyder is director of the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA), where he works with SSSBA members to educate, inform and promote the many advantages of using steel for short span bridges including cost-effectiveness, time-saving bridge designs and life cycle analysis advantages. He is a digital marketing enthusiast, appreciating both the creative side of the process as well as the science behind it, and provides regular updates via his Pull Marketer blog at Dan can be contacted 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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