Jesse Beaver Publishes Review of Structural Steel Plate Buried Bridges

August 10, 2017

A recent Civil + Structural Engineer article authored by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) Principal Jesse Beaver describes a lower-cost alternative to short- and medium-span bridges. In “Structural Steel Plate Buried Bridges,” Jesse defines these types of buried bridges, discusses their typical use, and provides guidance for structural design and inspection.

“A buried bridge is a buried structure supporting a roadway that derives its support from the interaction of the structure and surrounding soil with an unsupported span (bridge length) greater than 20 feet,” explains Jesse, who also chairs the Transportation Research Board Technical Committee AFF70 on Culverts and Hydraulic Structures. He notes that project teams can install these buried bridge systems “for a fraction of the cost and with many other advantages compared with conventional short-span and medium-span highway bridge structures.” These advantages include reduced costs, accelerated design, rapid shop fabrication, accelerated construction, reduced maintenance, and more.

Read the article.