(Note: This news release is being distributed as a courtesy to the Buchanan County Engineer's office.)
Aug. 19, 2013 -- Buchanan County Secondary Roads plans to
replace the bridge on V-65 south of Jesup. The bridge will be replaced as part
of a demonstration project utilizing a new design software program developed by
the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA).
Called eSPAN140, the design software is developed to provide a more
economical manner of replacing bridges.
The existing bridge was built in 1947 and has a sufficiency
rating of less than 50. The existing 22 ft. wide bridge will be replaced with a
modern 40 ft. wide bridge with galvanized steel beams and galvanized rebar. Removal of the existing bridge is scheduled
to begin on Tuesday, August 20. The
bridge construction and replacement is scheduled for completion in late
Arrangements have been made with Black Hawk County to detour
traffic on the Wooster Road up to Spring Creek Road to Indian Creek Road (240th Street). Then back to County Road V-65 (Benson Shady Grove) during the bridge demolition and
new bridge construction.
Buchanan County Engineer Brian Keierleber, who is spearheading the project, explains, “This
is an opportunity to participate on a project that that will have major cost
savings the residents of Buchanan County in the short term and will develop a
process to have major cost savings in the long term.
This demonstration bridge project is a joint effort with
West Virginia University, the University of Wyoming and Iowa State University.
You can follow the progress of the bridge, including its
fabrication, delivery, and installation, on the SSSBA blog at http://blog.shortspansteelbridges.org or the live, onsite webcam at http://www.truelook.com/clients/buchanan-webcam/.
Brian P. Keierleber, P.E. – Demonstration Bridge Project
Buchanan County Engineer
Work Phone: (319)334-6031
Representing the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance
Work Phone: 510.835.7900, ext 206