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Video: 5 Frequently Asked Steel Bridge Questions

January 21, 2021

This video discusses the most frequently asked questions about short span steel bridges.

NSBA Webinar

The Science and Art of FEA Modeling

January 21, 2021

This webinar will explore some of the frequent modeling issues encountered when creating FEA models of steel bridges.

Sandwich Plate System Deck

12 Reasons to Use SPS Bridge Decks

January 21, 2021

The Sandwich Plate System is a structural composite material used for bridge decks that is up to 70% lighter than reinforced concrete.

Best Practices for Construction

Video: Best Practices During Construction

January 14, 2021

This video provides an overview of the best practices during construction for short span steel bridges.

Galvanize It

January 27: Free Webinar – Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel and Sustainable Development

January 14, 2021

The American Galvanizers Association invites you to attend a 1-hour webinar on hot-dip galvanized steel and sustainable development.

Student Steel Bridge Lecture Series

February 23-March 11, 2021: Free Steel Bridge Student Lecture Series

January 7, 2021

Three-week online series offered in February/March will help build knowledge and resumes.


eSPAN140 Steel Bridge Design Tool Updated with New Features

December 22, 2020

Update includes design standards for press-brake tub girders, updated buried bridge solutions, and new economical solutions for rolled beams.

Press Brake Tub Girder Valmont

Steel Press-Brake Formed Tub Girder System Selected for 2021 AASHTO Innovation Initiative Focus Technology

December 22, 2020

AII will invest resources to accelerate the adoption of PBTG.

Cannelville Road Bridge

Press Brake Tub Girders Accelerate U.S Infrastructure Rebuilding

December 17, 2020

Forming process is a viable, efficient, economical solution to replacing aging bridges

Life Cycle Cost of Bridges

Engineer Conducts Study to Evaluate Life Cycle Costs

December 17, 2020

Dr. Michael Barker explains why both steel and concrete should be considered for bridge projects.

Acrow Bridge Accelerated Bridge Construction

Acrow Shares Insights on ABC During Webinar

December 11, 2020

Ontario Good Roads Association online event explored the benefits of steel for reliable, durable, and cost-effective infrastructure.

14 Reasons to Use Steel Bridges

14 Reasons to Use Structural Steel For Bridges

December 10, 2020

Here are 14 reasons why steel provides an economical and sustainable choice for the repair or replacement of bridges.

Steel Bridge Guardrail

Guardrail Knowledge Base

December 8, 2020

The knowledge base contains basic information and resources for the use of guardrails on bridge structures.  

Sustainable Steel Bridge

Sustainability of Steel in Infrastructure

November 19, 2020

Steel’s attributes, including its inherent durability and recyclability, make it vital to modern society.

Steel Expedites Replacement of Washed Out Bridge in South Dakota

November 19, 2020

TrueNorth Steel expedites the production of twin 120″ x 86′ long 5 x 1 galvanized culverts with two 30 degree skewed headwalls.

Steel Structural Plate

Contractor Saves $15,000 With Steel Structural Plate Arch

November 12, 2020

The 9’-0” x 3’-10½” single- radius steel structural plate arch was assembled by the contractor and installed in only two days.

Boggs Road Bridge Steel

Ohio County Accelerates Cost-Effective Bridge Replacements With Steel

November 5, 2020

County saves over $10,000 using galvanized steel beams over concrete box beams.

Rolled Beam Short Span Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge Improves Habitat Conditions for Fish and Wildlife

November 5, 2020

A 75-foot single span rolled beam bridge in Oregon improves habitat conditions for fish and wildlife by restoring natural stream hydrology.

Weight Comparison Chart of Rolled Beams vs. Plater Girders

October 29, 2020

Tables compare the weight of or rolled beam sections to plate girder sections.

Life Cycle Analysis Steel Bridges

“Long-Term Analysis for Short-Span Bridges” – Modern Steel Construction

October 9, 2020

A recent life-cycle cost analysis compares steel and concrete short-span bridges.

espan140 standards short span plans

Evaluation of Short Span Steel Bridge Design Standards

October 1, 2020

A design evaluation of two 80-foot simple short span steel bridges with cross-sections capable of carrying two traffic lanes.


Guidelines to Design for Constructability and Fabrication

September 30, 2020

The guideline is for use in the design and fabrication of steel bridges to ensure efficient and economical girder design and construction.

Steel Bridge Virtual Learning

It’s Back to (Virtual) School Time with Free Steel Bridge Education!

September 29, 2020

Take advantage of these free steel bridge virtual learning opportunities to advance your resume, academic pursuits, or career.

Truss Steel Bridge

Advantages of Steel Truss Bridge Construction

September 21, 2020

5 advantages of constructing steel truss bridges for both short and long span crossings.

United for Infrastructure Week

Video: United for Infrastructure Webinar – Accelerated Steel Bridge Showcase

September 18, 2020

Video presentation highlights several steel bridge projects that featured accelerated bridge design and construction.

SSSBA Steel Bridge Education Workshops

Free Customized Workshops for Counties, DOTs, and Design Firms

September 17, 2020

The SSSBA now offers free customized in-person or vitual workshops for bridge owners and designers.

steel buried bridge Captain William Henry Moore Bridge

Project Spotlight: Captain William Henry Moore Bridge

September 15, 2020

A 75 ft span x 15 ft rise buried steel bridge was constructed over a creek crossing in Alaska.


eSPAN140 Question and Answers

September 15, 2020

eSPAN140 is a interactive web-based tool to quickly develop cost-effective preliminary designs for short span steel bridges.

Press Brake Tub Girder West Virginia

Turning a Challenge Into an Innovative Design Solution

September 8, 2020

West Virginia Department of Highways constructs states first press-brake-formed steel tub girder bridge.

Galvanized Steel Bridge - AGA

Time to First Maintenance Chart for Hot-Dip Galvanized Coatings

September 8, 2020

Chart provides a visual representation of the time to first maintenance for hot-dip galvanized steel.

Zinc Coating Life Predictor

Zinc Coating Life Predictor

September 8, 2020

Tool calculates atmospheric corrosion rates of zinc coatings using a corrosion database and five environmental parameters.

Weathering Steel Bridge

SSSBA Redesigns and Expands Website to Enhance User-Friendly Experience

September 2, 2020

New features include projects assistance, find-a-supplier, and educational section for students and professionals.

SSSBA and Partners To Host Free Webinar On September 17th as Part of United for Infrastructure Week 2020

August 27, 2020

Free 1-hour webinar on accelerated steel bridge construction.

Steel Bridge Education Lectures: From Concept to Delivery

SSSBA and Partners Offer Free Online Steel Bridge Live Lecture Series for Students and Faculty

August 25, 2020

Three-week online series runs from September 8-24, 2020.

Steel Bridge Fabrication

Video: Suggested Fabrication Details, Part 2

August 18, 2020

This video provides an overview of simple and economical practices specific to girder fabrication.

Steel Bridge Fabrication

Video: Suggested Fabrication Details, Part 1

August 18, 2020

This video provides an overview of simple and economical fabrication for framing system layouts.

Understanding Fatigue of Steel Bridges

Video: Understanding Fatigue

August 18, 2020

This video provides a basic overview of fatigue theory and relevant specifications related to short-span steel bridges.

Basics of Limited States

Video: Basics of Limit States and LRFD Bridge Design

August 18, 2020

This video provides an introduction to the basics of limit state design and how engineers design and detail bridges.

Modern Steel Construction Hot Products

eSPAN140 Featured in Modern Steel Construction’s 2020 Hot Product Listing

August 18, 2020

eSPAN140 was updated in 2020 to include press-brake tub girder solutions and simplified buried bridge options.

Shelter In Place Webinar Series

Steel Bridge 7-Part Webinar Series

August 18, 2020

Collection of 7-videos recorded from a webinar series hosted by the SSSBA on solutions for cost-effective steel bridges.

Press Brake Tub Girder - WV

SSSBA Publishes New Research Report in Technical Series On Innovative Press-Brake Formed Steel Tub Girder Bridge Technology

August 12, 2020

Research report on field evaluation that includes skew and superelevation.

Short Span Steel Bridge ODOT

Ohio Design Data Sheets

August 10, 2020

Short span steel bridge design data sheets for use in Ohio.

Press Brake Tub Girder

Press Brake Tub Girders Featured in “Bridge Structures” Journal

August 4, 2020

An article highlighting press brake tub girders is published in a key bridge journal.

Press Brake Tub Girders - West Virginia

Research Reports: Development and Experimental Testing of Press Brake Tub Girders

August 2, 2020

Seven volume research report on the development and testing of steel press brake formed tub girders.

Boone County Bridge Missouri

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

July 7, 2020

The High Point Lane bridge in Missouri was built utilizing preliminary designs generated from eSPAN140.

Iowa County Saves Costs by Choosing Buried Steel Bridge for Replacement Project

July 7, 2020

Buried steel bridge is constructed with local crews in Buchanan County Iowa.

Pedestrian Bridge - Pennsylvania

Weathering Steel Pedestrian Bridge Provides Beautiful Connection for People and Park Area

July 7, 2020

Weathering steel 32-foot span pedestrian bridge constucted to blend in with the environment.

Amish Sawmill Bridge - Lead Image

Amish Sawmill Bridge: An Innovative Steel Solution for Short Span Bridge Design

July 7, 2020

Buchanan County Iowa receives IBRC grant to constuct a press brake tub girder bridge.

Texas Public Works Uses Prefabricated Bridge for Replacement Project

July 7, 2020

Contractor uses press brake tub girder for its ease of construction and short lead time (less than 8 weeks).

Saving Time in Michigan with Press-Brake-Formed Steel Tub Girders

July 7, 2020

St. Clair County Michigan Uses Press Brake Tub Girders for ABC Project.

Myths and Realities of Steel Bridges

Steel Bridge Construction: Myths & Realities

July 7, 2020

Report dispels the “myths” surrounding the use of steel in bridge construction.

Contech - Buried Bridge - California

What You Should Know About Buried Bridges

July 7, 2020

Joel Hahm, Contech Engineered Solutions, provides an expert Q&A on buried bridges.

Research Report: An Assessment Of Weathering Steel Bridges In West Virginia

July 7, 2020

Report provides an assessment of the performance of the weathering steel bridges in West Virginia.

Jesup South Bridge - eSPAN140

Research Report: eSPAN140 Performance Assessment of Jesup South Bridge

July 7, 2020

Report is to discuss the development of eSPAN140 and its associated design standards.

Sheet Wall Abutments

Sheet Pile Wall Abutments

July 6, 2020

Steel sheet piles prevents scour from becoming a problem.

Driven Steel Pile

Driven Steel Piles

July 6, 2020

H-Piles beams are driven in the ground for deep foundation applications.

Precast Concrete Piles

Precast Concrete Piles

July 6, 2020

Precast piles are made of prestressed concrete that are driven into the ground by means of a diesel or hydraulic hammer.

T-Wall Precast Modular Retaining Wall System

T-WALL® Retaining Wall System

July 6, 2020

T-WALL® is a gravity retaining wall system, consisting of modular precast concrete units and select backfill.

Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System

Geosynthetically Confined Soil Wall Abutment

July 6, 2020

GRS consists of closely-spaced layers of geosynthetic reinforcement and compacted granular fill material for supporting bridge abutments on low-volume roads.

Modular Precast Wall Systems

Modular Precast Wall Systems

July 6, 2020

Integral abutment bridges are structures where the superstructure and substructure movetogether to accommodate the required translation and rotation.

Integral Abutments

Precast Concrete Integral Abutments

July 6, 2020

Integral abutment bridges are structures where the superstructure and substructure movetogether to accommodate the required translation and rotation.

Precast Concrete Cap Beam

July 6, 2020

Precast concrete cap beams are the most common prefabricated elements in bridge substructures.

Press Brake Steel Tub Girders

History and Overview of Press Brake Tub Girders

July 6, 2020

The press-brake-formed tub girder is a recently developed technology for short span bridge applications.

Audrain County Steel Bridge

Short Span Shake-Up

July 4, 2020

Missouri short span bridge study finds steel saved 25% over concrete.

Cedar Creek Fish Passage Restoration

Cedar Creek Fish Passage Restoration Del Norte County, California

July 1, 2020

Video of a modular bridge installation that took place for the replacement of a culvert in a California fish passage.

Green Valley Bridge Ohio - Steel

Ohio County Finds Creative, Sustainable Steel Solutions for Bridge Replacement

June 12, 2020

Muskingum County saved $51,000 by using repurposed beams.

Big R Bridge, SuperCor Steel Box Culverts - Cape Girardeau, MO (1) copy

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

June 12, 2020

The SSSBA offers many proven cost-effective and time-saving solutions to improve infrastructure.

Truss Steel Bridge

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

June 12, 2020

The SSSBA offers many proven cost-effective and time-saving solutions to improve infrastructure.

First eSPAN140 Bridge - Brian Keierleber

Breathing New LIFE Into Short Span Steel Bridge Design

June 12, 2020

eSPAN140 provides a proven, cost-effective engineering solution to update our nations infrastructure.

Turning a Challenge Into an Innovative Design Solution

June 12, 2020

The Amish Sawmill Bridge in Iowa is the first steel press-brake-formed tub girder bridge in service in the United States.

OH Bridge - Muskingum County

Research Report: Life Cycle Costs Matter When Comparing Steel and Concrete Girder Bridges

June 12, 2020

Dr. Barker developed a database to determine and compare the life cycle costs of steel and concrete girder bridges.

Steel Buried Bridge

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

June 12, 2020

Steel buried bridges are durable and resilient, with the ability to support very heavy loads.

Steel Bridge Workshop

2020-2021: Steel Bridge Forums

June 9, 2020

The National Steel Bridge Alliance’s Steel Bridge Forums are full-day immersive seminars on current design and fabrication topics for steel bridges.

PBTG Modern Steel Construction

“Tub Time” – Modern Steel Construction

May 13, 2020

A new report showcases the development of press brake-formed tub girder bridges.

Sandwich Plate System Bridge Deck

Sandwich Plate System Deck

May 12, 2020

SPS is a structural material of two metal plates with a polyurethane elastomer core.

Steel Orthotropic Decks

Steel Orthotropic Decks

May 12, 2020

Orthotropic decks are composed of a steel plate that is covered by a shop-installed roadway surface.

Precast Partial Deck

Partial Depth Precast Concrete Deck Panels

May 12, 2020

Partial-depth concrete panels span between girders and act as stay-in-place forms for cast-in-place concrete.

Fiber Reinforced Polymer Bridge Deck

Fiber Reinforced Polymer Decks

May 10, 2020

Open grid decks can be described as small-scale steel framing systems used as a bridge deck.

Concrete/Steel Hybrid Decks

Concrete/Steel Hybrid Decks

April 28, 2020

Steel hybrid decks consist of an open grid deck and full depth precast deck panel.

Open Grid Deck

Open Grid Decks

April 28, 2020

Open grid decks can be described as small-scale steel framing systems used as a bridge deck.

Precast Deck Slabs

Full Depth Precast Deck Slabs

April 28, 2020

Full depth precast deck slabs are one of the most common prefabricated deck systems.

Timber Decks

Timber Deck Panels

April 28, 2020

Timber decks are primarily used on low-volume roadways, but the same design idea can be applied to larger-volume roads as well.

Cannelville Road Bridge

Innovative Bridge Design Saves Months in Construction Schedule

April 28, 2020

Muskingum County (Ohio) uses press brake tub girder bridge for accelerated bridge project.

Press Brake Steel Tub Girder - Dr. Barth and Dr. Michaelson

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

April 28, 2020

Press Brake Formed Tub Girder (PBTG) provides cost-effective option for a County in Iowa.

Missouri DOT Selects Steel for 45 Foot Span Bridge in Scott County

April 27, 2020

Galvanized rolled steel beam beat out concrete by 2.5 percent in this Missouri DOT project.

Midland County Road Commision, MI

Midland County Bundles Innovative Steel Bridge System and Saves Big

April 27, 2020

The new Orr Road Bridge in Midland County, Michigan, is a press brake fabricated steel bridge.

Ohio Bridge Raises the Bar for Future Short Span Construction

April 6, 2020

The Cannelville Road Bridge in Ohio was completed ahead of schedule, and is expected to have a service life of more than 100 years.