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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 https://www.pullmarketer.com/. Dan can be contacted at dsnyder@steel.org.

Iowa County Engineer to Save Over $100,000 Using Innovative Steel Design for Bridge Replacement Project

If you’re a county/state engineer or a bridge owner, cost is always a deciding factor in which material to choose for your next project. A new design using press-brake-formed steel tub girders (PBTG) is providing a durable, cost-saving solution for … Continue reading

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New Bridge Design Saves Months in Construction Schedule

The town of Roseville, Ohio has a new short span steel bridge in place – the first of its kind in the state, with results that are attracting attention nationwide from county engineers; federal, state and local transportation officials; and bridge … Continue reading

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Increase Your Options, Lower Your Costs With Steel

County engineers, state and local Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, owners and other bridge design professionals have some great educational opportunities coming up this fall to learn about the time and cost efficiencies to be gained from using steel for short … Continue reading

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Improving the U.S. Bridge Infrastructure Grade With Steel Solutions

The 2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card gives the U.S. bridge infrastructure a C+ grade, unchanged from four years ago. More than 56,000 of the nation’s bridges were structurally deficient in 2016, and the report claims “the most recent estimate puts … Continue reading

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Hidden in Plain Sight–the Design, Cost and Maintenance Advantages of Steel Buried Bridges

Sometimes, the best solutions to challenges we face can be hidden in plain sight. A new video released by the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA), National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association (NCSPA) and Big R Bridge invites cash-strapped, time-challenged bridge designers and … Continue reading

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Life Cycle Costs Matter When Comparing Steel and Concrete Girder Bridges

As a bridge engineer, professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wyoming, and a member of the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance’s Bridge Technology Center, Michael Barker, Ph.D., P.E., makes frequent presentations on the … Continue reading

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Turning a Challenge Into an Innovative Design Solution

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” claims a popular adage. But sometimes lasting change comes from a good old-fashioned challenge. One example is when the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) charged the North American steel industry in 2009 to “develop a … Continue reading

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Breathing New LIFE Into Short Span Steel Bridge Design

It’s no secret that the U.S. infrastructure needs an overhaul, especially for many of its structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges – nearly half of which fall in the short span category. To address this national crisis, the Federal Highway … Continue reading

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Smart Ways to Save Time and Money on Short Span Bridge Design and Construction

While America’s infrastructure continues to crumble, federal lawmakers are still unresolved on how to fund these projects. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that an additional $150 billion per year is required through 2020 to meet the national infrastructure crisis.  In the meantime, bridges continue to … Continue reading

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Joining the National Focus on America’s Infrastructure Challenges

For one week this month, several prominent organizations representing business, labor and public policy will focus on the United States’ infrastructure challenges. They will host events and activities to “highlight the critical importance of investing in and modernizing America’s infrastructure … Continue reading

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