SSSBA and West Virginia LTAP Center to Host Short Span Steel Bridge Workshop

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 13, 2015 - The Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA) and West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) are teaming up to present a Short Span Steel Bridge Workshop on March 11, 2015 at the West Virginia Department of Highways Materials Control, Soils and Testing Division, 190 Dry Branch Road, in Charleston. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST.

In the United States, nearly one-fourth of the bridges that span less than 140 feet have been classified as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. This situation presents a significant challenge for cash-strapped state and local governments. However, cost-effective and time-saving solutions exist. Dr. Barker will discuss steel-based technological and design innovations that have been developed and are in use.

Bridge owners, designers, engineers and other interested bridge design and construction personnel will benefit from this comprehensive workshop and come away with viable solutions for their own challenges.

The workshop will cover:

  • An introduction to the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance - Dan Snyder, Director, SSSBA
  • Practical and cost-effective steel bridge design and fabrication - Chris Garrell, National Steel Bridge Alliance
  • Online design tools: a demonstration of the free, web-based tool eSPAN140 and design examples - Dr. Karl Barth, West Virginia University
  • Buried soil steel bridge structure options - Aaron Clauson, Big R Bridge
  • Coating solutions (weathering steel and galvanizing options) - Melissa Lindsley, American Galvanizers Association
  • Innovative/Accelerated bridge construction options - Dr. Greg Michaelson, Marshall University
  • Economical design/Case studies: Dr. Michael Barker, University of Wyoming

For more information on this Short Span Steel Bridge Workshop or to request a workshop in your state, please contact:

  • Dan Snyder | Director, Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance | Tel: 301.367.6179

For more information on the SSSBA/West Virginia LTAP Workshop: