Prefabricated Steel Bridges Provide a Safe and Cost Effective Solution for ABC
Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) is bridge construction that uses design and construction methods to reduce the onsite construction time and mobility impacts that occur when building new bridges or replacing and rehabilitating existing bridges.
- Steel bridges can be fabricated off-site in a controlled equipment and ready to erect as soon as it reaches the bridge site.
- Reinforcement and formwork installation is not required. Steel erection is not limited to a specific temperature range.
- Steel is often lighter than other materials for the same span, resulting in smaller or fewer erection cranes.
- Prefabricated steel bridges accelerate construction and reduce on-site labor requirements, reduce traffic disruption, and overall project costs. They are also safe – reducing the exposure of workers and public to construction activities as well as environmental impacts.
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.
Contractor uses press brake tub girder for its ease of construction and short lead time (less than 8 weeks).
St. Clair County Michigan Uses Press Brake Tub Girders for ABC Project.
Video of a modular bridge installation that took place for the replacement of a culvert in a California fish passage.
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.
The SSSBA offers many proven cost-effective and time-saving solutions to improve infrastructure.
The Amish Sawmill Bridge in Iowa is the first steel press-brake-formed tub girder bridge in service in the United States.
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.