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Busting The Myth Painting Or Repainting Steel Bridges Is a Problem

There’s a persistent belief in the bridge building business that painting steel bridges is an impossible task. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, painting or repainting steel bridges can be a challenge, but it’s in no way an insurmountable one. Not only are there a number of new coatings that comply with EPA standards, but affordable options also exist for repainting current bridges. Read on to discover U.S. Bridge’s thoughts regarding painting steel bridges.

Controversy Surrounding Painting Steel Bridges

Paint is a hot-button issue in the bridge building world. In recent years, the EPA has imposed strict standards regarding the use of paints containing lead and volatile organic compounds. So, companies must take steps to protect workers engaged in removing lead-based paints from older bridges. In particular, dealing with the topcoat is a key concern, as removing, containing, and disposing of this material can be as expensive as replacing the bridge system entirely. In some cases, it may be possible to delay eventual paint removal. At other times, bridge builders may be able to perform spot or zone treatments rather than removing the entire topcoat.

The good news is manufacturers have made significant strides in creating safe, high-performance coatings that comply with EPA regulations. Experts predict that coating technologies will continue to improve, becoming more affordable and durable.

Multi-Coat Shop Systems

When painting steel bridges, or repainting old bridges, using a multi-coat system is often regarded as an effective way to go. However, it’s worth noting that a multi-coat system can result in reduced corrosion resistance along with increased fabrication costs and compromised aesthetics. As a result, companies must be aware of the need to balance various concerns when painting or repainting steel bridges.

Contact U.S. Bridge Today

Want to bring your bridge project to life? At U.S. Bridge, we offer a wide range of prefabricated bridge styles to meet your needs. Whether your setting is urban or rural, modern or traditional, we can help you achieve your goals while creating a lasting impression. Ready to get started? Call today or contact the U.S. Bridge team online.

USB Assists In The Construction Of The 41st St. Chicago Pedestrian Bridge

At U.S. Bridge, we pride ourselves on bringing a wide range of bridge projects to life across the globe. Our high-quality steel bridges are designed to withstand the test of time while providing safe passage for pedestrians and vehicles. To that end, we were thrilled to assist in the 41st Street Chicago Pedestrian Bridge, recently erected by S & J Construction.

What the Project Entailed

Selected from among numerous bridge fabricators across the nation, U.S. Bridge was chosen to provide the temporary bridge used for the erection of the new signature pedestrian bridge. The U.S. Bridge temporary bridge was incorporated into the project to maintain traffic of the metro rail line below, and to permit a continuous work environment all while ensuring the safety of the workers and the traveling public.

Because the components were fabricated ahead of time, construction of the U.S. Bridge temporary bridge occurred over a few brief hours, minimizing construction disturbances for both Lake Shore Drive and the railroad.

The new signature bridge is designed to echo the appearance of Olmsted’s original Chicago walkways. The bridge boasts double-curved arch mono trusses that provide structural rigidity while offering resistance against high winds. As a bonus, the bridge features energy-efficient lighting and low-glare illumination. The end result is a beautiful, sleek pedestrian bridge that adds interest to the urban landscape.

A Cambridge Flat Bridge Built to Last

A Warren Truss girder bridge, features a top chord with a polygonal shape. The design is also known as a camelback. Attractive and efficient, this steel bridge is ideal for both city and country locales. Builders can choose from one, two, and three-lane options with a width range between 12 and 44 feet.

Contact U.S. Bridge Today to Start Building Something Exceptional

A leading provider of public and private sector bridges around the globe, U.S. Bridge has more than 80 years of experience in the design and manufacture of quality steel bridges. We’re passionate about creating high-end, safe structures at prices that are affordable. To learn more about our bridge building services, call today or contact U.S. Bridge online for a quote.