As more scrutiny is being placed on our infrastructure, questions have also arisen regarding lasting and cost-efficient building solutions. One of these solutions for repairing our roadways is the widespread use of steel bridges. Using steel instead of concrete or other materials has benefits that include longevity and cost savings. Let’s examine a few other reasons why steel bridge structures are more advantageous than others.
Steel bridge structures can be built quicker due to their modular design. In most instances, steel beams and other smaller elements are made off-site and then transported to the work site. The smaller size also makes it easier to maneuver the pieces once at the build site.
More Efficient and Effective
Steel has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than other building materials. This reduces stress on support structures and costs less for maintenance and upkeep over time. This also allows for lighter foundations, which is particularly helpful when building a bridge on less than ideal ground conditions.
Safer and Steadier
When constructing in an area prone to seismic activity, steel bridge structures provide added benefit. Steel has the ability to bend – not break – which makes it ideal for earthquake prone areas.
Steel is malleable and can blend into a variety of environments, making it aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, arch supports, trusses, and suspension cables are functional and decorative.
Ease of Inspection
Steel bridges are not buried in miles of concrete, making it much easier to inspect the foundations. This also lessens the impact on the surrounding area, preventing delays in traffic while measures are taken to complete inspections.
As one of the leading builders of steel bridge structures in the United States, U.S. Bridge is proud to work with steel. Our team is made up of qualified and experienced engineers. We are a proud member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and have received Advanced Bridge Certification.
If you’re interested in finding out more about steel bridge structures, we invite you to contact U.S. Bridge for a consultation today.