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

Muskingum County’s Short Span Steel Bridge Solution – Quicker, More Cost-Effective and Constructed in 30 Days!

When the Muskingum County (Ohio) Engineers Office (MCEO) needed to replace the structurally deficient Boggs Road Bridge near Zanesville, a detailed engineering analysis was conducted to compare the cost of replacing the existing bridge with steel or concrete. The original … Continue reading

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Ohio County Finds Creative, Sustainable Steel Solutions for Bridge Replacement

Muskingum County (Ohio) Engineer Doug Davis, P.E., P.S. and his team have found a creative, sustainable way to replace short span bridges while saving taxpayers money. How? They use recycled steel bridge beams. In a recent project near Zanesville, the … Continue reading

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Taking on America’s Infrastructure Challenge, One County at a Time

Schedule a complimentary technology transfer session today! The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gives the U.S. a “C+” for its bridges, stating that: “In total, one in nine of the nation’s bridges are … Continue reading

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“I’m Just Sayin'” – Bridge Designers and Builders Talk About Their Experiences With eSPAN140 and the Jesup South Bridge

Before buying a big-ticket item, cost-conscious consumers usually begin by doing some research. They shop around to learn about the product; check out comments made online; and speak with colleagues, friends, and product specialists before making their decision. Selections are … Continue reading

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Improving the Grade for America’s Structurally Deficient Bridges

As the Samples Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University, Dr. Karl Barth knows a thing or two about giving and receiving grades. So when he sees a C+ assigned to the condition of bridges in the … Continue reading

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The Power of Standardization for Bridge Design

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is undertaking a massive rapid-bridge replacement program and conducting it in a way that makes a lot of sense. Bernard Harris details the process in “Public-Private Partnerships Reinventing PennDOT” (LancasterOnline, May 14, 2014). In … Continue reading

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Make Your Voice Heard in the Call to Repair America’s Infrastructure

Repairing America’s infrastructure is a national challenge, impacting all of us where we live, every day. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, counties are responsible for more than half of the United States’ nearly 67,000 structurally deficient bridges. … Continue reading

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First Plate Girder Short Span Steel Bridge is Built Using Design From eSPAN140

The High Point Lane Bridge in Boone County, Missouri is one of a kind―the first plate girder bridge built utilizing preliminary designs generated from the free, web-based design tool eSPAN140, created specifically for bridges that span less than 140 feet. … Continue reading

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eSPAN140 by the Numbers

Sometimes the numbers speak for themselves. eSPAN140, the free, web-based design tool for short span steel bridges, is saving significant time and costs for county engineers, bridge owners, and state/federal Department of Transportation engineers. Here are the numbers on eSPAN140 … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Buchanan County, Iowa Secondary Roads Department

On January 8, 2014, employees of the Buchanan County, Iowa Secondary Roads Department found themselves the guests of honor at a dinner and reception with local officials and members of the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA). The celebratory event … Continue reading

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