Feb 05

Capabilities and Advantages of Steel Buried Bridges (Webinar)

Event Details

February 5, 2021


This free webinar will begin at 12:00 p.m. (Central Time)


Details to access the Webex webinar will be emailed along with a confirmation after you register.

Event Contact
Keith Knapp
InTrans, Iowa LTAP


Short span steel bridges provide vital links in the nation’s infrastructure network. Yet, nearly a quarter of these bridges are classified as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The steel industry has developed technological and design innovations for bridges under 140 feet that save significant time and costs for county and state bridge officials.

The Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA), hosted by the Iowa LTAP, is presenting a 2-part webinar series for bridge professionals on February 5 and February 26, 2021 (attendees will need to register for each week separately) to provide educational information on the design and installation of press brake tub girders and buried soil bridge structures. A distinguished panel of industry experts has been assembled to present.

Click on the right to register for the February 5 (first) event, and click HERE to register for the February 26 (second) event.

Description – Part 1

Steel Buried Bridges are becoming a common alternative to traditional bridges, box culverts, and precast concrete structures for many short to medium span bridge applications.  They offer many advantages to county engineers, public works agencies, and DOTs in terms of competitive installed costs, lower maintenance costs, ABC advantages, and environmental benefits, among others.  This presentation will provide an introduction to capabilities and advantages of buried bridges and include several case studies illustrating how they have been used nationwide.

Speaker Bio – Part 1

Joel Hahm is a senior engineer with Contech Engineered Solutions and currently based in Hastings, Minnesota. One of his primary roles is working with consultants, contractors, and agencies to help develop and Value Engineer Buried Bridge projects. Joel has over 25 years of experience in design, consulting, and manufacturing, with an emphasis on construction materials, education & training, construction, and practical solutions. He has noted under-utilization of Buried Bridges in the transportation industry in the US and has been working to share his knowledge and experience with engineers and stakeholders. He as actively involved in the development of design & construction standards for Buried Bridges through leadership roles on various ASTM, AREMA, AASHTO, Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance, and Transportation Research Board committees. Joel is also chair of the Transportation Research Board Subcommittee on Buried Bridges.