Accelerated Construction

Prefabricated Steel Bridges Provide a Safe and Cost Effective Solution for ABC

Steel bridge being set in place - Cannelville Road Bridge, Ohio.

Steel bridge being set in place – Cannelville Road Bridge, Ohio.

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.

Related Resources: Accelerated Bridge Construction

Press Brake Tub Girders - West Virginia

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

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

Amish Sawmill Bridge - Lead Image

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

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

Texas Public Works Uses Prefabricated Bridge for Replacement Project

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

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

Press Brake Steel Tub Girders

History and Overview of Press Brake Tub Girders

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

Cedar Creek Fish Passage Restoration

Cedar Creek Fish Passage Restoration Del Norte County, California

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

Truss Steel Bridge

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

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

Turning a Challenge Into an Innovative Design Solution

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

Sandwich Plate System Bridge Deck

Sandwich Plate System Deck

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

Steel Orthotropic Decks

Steel Orthotropic Decks

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

Fiber Reinforced Polymer Bridge Deck

Fiber Reinforced Polymer Decks

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

PBTG Modern Steel Construction

“Tub Time” – Modern Steel Construction

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

Cannelville Road Bridge

Innovative Bridge Design Saves Months in Construction Schedule

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

Open Grid Deck

Open Grid Decks

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

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

Midland County Road Commision, MI

Midland County Bundles Innovative Steel Bridge System and Saves Big

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

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