Technical Design Resources


  • Guide Specification for Highway Bridge Fabrication With HPS 100W (HPS 690W) Steel for Non-Fracture Critical Applications, 2018 Edition (April 2018) – This 20-page document provides the latest recommended methodology to fabricate and weld structures using ASTM A709 or AASHTO M270, Grade HPS 100W (HPS 690W) steel. This edition supersedes the original 2012 edition. (From Lon Yost and the Steel Market Development Institute’s Welding Advisory Committee) Download PDF
  • What You Should Know About Buried Bridges - Joel Hahm, P.E., Senior Engineer with Big R Bridge, provides an overview and technical details on the many benefits of steel buried bridges. Download PDF
  • Technical Report - "Historical Life Cycle Costs of Steel and Concrete Girder Bridges" - A new, innovative research study explores the initial costs, life cycle costs, future costs and bridge lives of 1,186 typical steel and concrete state bridges in Pennsylvania built between 1960 and 2010. The research was conducted by Michael Barker, Ph.D., P.E., professor at the University of Wyoming. Download PDF
  • Technical Report - "eSPAN140 Performance Assessment: V-65 Jesup South Bridge (Buchanan County, Iowa) - The report provides experimental and analytical testing data that verifies free online short span steel bridge design tool eSPAN140 produces efficient and economical solutions in the short span range.  Download PDF 
  • Steel Bridge Construction: Myths & Realities  - This booklet dispels some of the "myths" or misconceptions surrounding the use of steel in bridge construction.
  • Shapes and Uses of Corrugated Conduits - Chart of shapes and uses for corrugated conduits.
  • Short Span Steel Bridge Standard Designs  - Standard designs for plate girder and rolled beams (lightest weight & limited depth) developed by the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance. Go to eSPAN140 for more information and to access a web-based program created to simplify the use of the standard designs.   
  • Continuous Span Standards - Complimentary standards developed by the National Steel Bridge Alliance for bridges with center spans between 150 ft. and 300 ft. 

Reinforced Soil Systems

Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Bridge System

FHWA has initiated a technology transfer program to introduce Geosynthetically Reinforced Soil (GRS) in bridge and box abutment applications. Here are several links related to this work.

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Additional Information:

The following industry organizations also provide valuable technical information to assist in the design of steel bridges: