Why should you use steel for your next bridge construction project?
Economical: Short Span Steel Bridges are Cost-Effective on Several Levels.
- Due to the light weight of steel, cost savings can be significant: smaller abutments, use of local crews, fast installation, lighter equipment – when you add them all up, steel provides significant cost savings.
- Studies show that weathering, A1010, and galvanized steel reduces both initial and life cycle costs.
- Steel can compete and even save costs when compared with nearly identical concrete structures. A side-by-side comparison of steel versus concrete bridge showed a 19 percent savings by using steel in the total cost of the structure.
- Steel bridges also have long lives, decreasing the need for replacement. New press-brake-formed steel bridges have life expediencies of 100 years or more.
- Steel’s high strength permits longer spans, minimizing disruption to underlying habitats. In some cases, this can eliminate the need to undertake costly environmental impact studies.
- Steel is highly resistant to extreme natural disasters such as earthquakes. An example is the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake, which destroyed the surrounding transportation infrastructure but left 96% of the existing steel bridges completely undamaged, even though they were designed using 1940s technology.
- Steel is the world’s most recycled material and is infinitely recyclable, so it can be repurposed from one bridge project to another. Ohio’s Muskingum County Engineer’s Office (MCEO) estimates that $51,000 was saved in superstructure costs for replacement of the Green Valley Road Bridge.
- Short span steel bridges can be designed with prefabricated elements which provide a simpler installation and cost savings
Sustainable: Steel is North America’s Number #1 Recycled Material
- Steel from a disassembled bridge can be used again for another project. When Hurricane Ivan damaged the bridge over Florida’s Escambia Bay in Pensacola, contractors used 36-inch steel beams from a disassembled bridge in Tennessee to make substructure repairs. In Muskingum County, Ohio, five bridges have been replaced with repurposed steel, saving costs as well as resources.
- Press-brake-formed steel tub girder bridges can last 100 years or more, with minimal maintenance over their long service lives.
- The high strength of steel permits longer spans, which minimizes disruption to underlying habitats.
- Steel is highly resistant to extreme natural disasters such as earthquakes.
- The American steel industry has achieved a 31 percent reduction in energy intensity and a 36 percent reduction in greenhouse gas intensity since 1990.
A recent life-cycle cost analysis compares steel and concrete short-span bridges.
Video presentation highlights several steel bridge projects that featured accelerated bridge design and construction.
West Virginia Department of Highways constructs states first press-brake-formed steel tub girder bridge.
Seven volume research report on the development and testing of steel press brake formed tub girders.
Buchanan County Iowa receives IBRC grant to constuct a press brake tub girder bridge.
Report provides an assessment of the performance of the weathering steel bridges in West Virginia.
Contractor uses press brake tub girder for its ease of construction and short lead time (less than 8 weeks).
Video of a modular bridge installation that took place for the replacement of a culvert in a California fish passage.
Dr. Barker developed a database to determine and compare the life cycle costs of steel and concrete girder bridges.
Muskingum County’s Short Span Steel Bridge Solution – Quicker, More Cost-Effective and Constructed in 30 Days!
Muskingum County used local crews to construct a steel bridge in 35-days.
Muskingum County saved $51,000 by using repurposed beams.
The SSSBA offers many proven cost-effective and time-saving solutions to improve infrastructure.
eSPAN140 provides a proven, cost-effective engineering solution to update our nations infrastructure.
The Amish Sawmill Bridge in Iowa is the first steel press-brake-formed tub girder bridge in service in the United States.
Steel buried bridges are durable and resilient, with the ability to support very heavy loads.
Press Brake Formed Tub Girder (PBTG) provides cost-effective option for a County in Iowa.
Galvanized rolled steel beam beat out concrete by 2.5 percent in this Missouri DOT project.
The new Orr Road Bridge in Midland County, Michigan, is a press brake fabricated steel bridge.
The Cannelville Road Bridge in Ohio was completed ahead of schedule, and is expected to have a service life of more than 100 years.