Jan 22

Top 20 in Rural Bridge Replacement and Repair Innovations

Event Details

January 22, 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


In the effort to promote more cost-effective approaches to replacing and repairing rural bridges without compromising safety, the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) has released the report, “The Top 20 Innovations for Rural Bridge Replacement and Repair.” In order to select the featured innovative concepts, the STC assembled a group of 13 bridge engineers and experts from the 13 states that comprise the organization. Three engineers served as principal analysts for the project with the remaining 10 engineers or experts serving as advisory committee members. The goal of the principal analysts and advisory committee members was to highlight a relatable number of innovative concepts that (1) will provide initial or life-cycle cost savings, (2) have been validated by a credible engineering entity or organization, and (3) is accessible in a large section of rural America.

Speaker Bios

Mike Steenhoek is executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC), an initiative established in 2007 and comprised of the United Soybean Board, the American Soybean Association, and 13 state soybean boards. The Soy Transportation Coalition exists to promote a cost effective, reliable, and competitive transportation system that serves the agriculture industry. Mike is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Freight Advisory Council. Prior to his work on the STC, Mike worked for U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (Iowa) for eight years – both in Washington, DC, and most recently in Des Moines, Iowa. In Washington, DC, Mike served as the senator’s scheduler and frequent speechwriter. In Des Moines, Mike served as Sen. Grassley’s director of economic development.

Brian Keierleber P.E. has been a county engineer in Iowa for the past 34 years. Prior to that, he worked for the City of Bartlesville, OK and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. He also spent 14 years in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Combat Engineer Officer. He has been very active on many research projects.