Category Archives: County Bridges

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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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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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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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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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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Managing Dollars and Sense in Spite of Difficult Bridge Design Challenges

How does a county engineer keep his projects moving forward while managing his budget and maintaining his sanity in today’s transportation/infrastructure environment? Take the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, a lift bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine. At 73 years old, … Continue reading

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FHWA Awards IBRD Grant to Construct Steel Bridge in Iowa

The Amish Sawmill Bridge on Dillon Avenue in Buchanan, Iowa, is about to get a new look and a lot of attention from the bridge design community, the steel industry and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Buchanan County Engineer Brian … Continue reading

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