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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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SSSBA Blog – A Practical New Year’s Resolution

It’s a brand new year, and for many of us, that means reflecting on the year past to assess what we did right and what we can do better in 2014. For county engineers and other bridge design professionals, a … Continue reading

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Jesup South Bridge to be Held on November 1, 2013

We hope you’ve been following the live Webcam progress on construction of the Jesup South Bridge in Buchanan County, Iowa over the past couple of months. The existing bridge was built in 1947, had a sufficiency rating of less than 50, … Continue reading

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eSPAN140 Iowa Demonstration Bridge Beams Set

The beams arrived fresh from galvanizing and quality check at AZZ in Canton, Ohio on October 2 and were set on the bridge construction site in Buchanan County, Iowa on the same day. Hat’s off to the local Buchanan County … Continue reading

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Quick Look at Steel Beam Fabrication Process

The steel beams for the eSPAN140 Demonstration bridge in Buchanan County, Iowa were fabricated at the US Bridge fabrication plant in Cambridge, Ohio. This 30-second video clip offers a quick look at various parts of the steel beam fabrication process. … Continue reading

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