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FHWA 17-09Contact: Nancy Singer
Wednesday, June 24, 2009Tel.: (202) 366-0660

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $5.2 Million For Innovative Highway Bridge Improvements in 14 States

WASHINGTON - U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced more than $5.2 million in grants to 14 states to promote the use of innovative technologies in highway bridge construction and repair.

"Advanced bridge construction and repair techniques cut construction time and repair costs, and ultimately reduce traffic delays," said Secretary LaHood. "These funds will be spent on improvements that ultimately offer a better experience for our nation's drivers."

The Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment (IBRD) program, administered by the Federal Highway Administration, promotes more widespread use of effective and beneficial technologies and applications that are not common practice and encourages states to use these technologies Previous grants, for example, have funded bridge prefabrication projects in which parts are built off-site and then placed onto a bridge. Utilizing prefabrication strategies saves drivers countless hours of congestion caused by prolonged bridge work.

The program was authorized by the "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users" (SAFETEA-LU) legislation to promote innovative design, materials and methods that improve construction and repair of the nation's highway bridges.

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Editor's note: A table listing the date, location and amount of each bridge project is attached.


Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program Funds - Summary By State

State City/County Bridge Innovation Amount
California Nevada Indian Springs Under Crossing, I-80 High-performance concrete to control cracking and increase durability of bridge deck $270,000
California Los Angeles Slide Canyon Bridge on State Route 2 High-performance materials to improve durability and strength of bridge deck $200,000
Hawaii Maui Kahoma Stream Bridge on Lahaina By-Pass Road Sensors to  monitor bridge conditions such as deterioration  $350,000
Idaho Bonner SH 200 Bridge over Trestle Creek Precast bridge elements to accelerate construction $150,000
Iowa Pottawattamie US 6 and Iowa 192 over UP & CC Railroad city streets and Perry Creek Conduit Infuse and strengthen  soil with concrete before drilling  $400,000
Kentucky Franklin Indian Gap Road over Camp Pleasant Branch Self-consolidating concrete that spreads evenly on its own and needs less equipment and labor $255,000
Kentucky Mason KY11 over CSX RR and Strodes Run Pike Fiber materials that strengthen and penetrate steel to prevent cracking  $210,000
Louisiana Natchitoches LA 6, Red River at Grand Ecore Bridge Sensor system to monitor the “live load” or carrying capacity of the bridge $250,000
Louisiana Caddo I-49 over Dooley Bayou Geosynthetic  plastic material used to reinforce  soil $250,000
Louisiana Caddo I-49 over Dooley Bayou Positioning slabs above the piers to protect from water the  “expansion joints” that adjust to bridge movement $270,000
Michigan Calhoun 1-94 EB & WB over Riverside Drive Chemicals to change the characteristics of steel bars to resist corrosion  $400,000
Michigan Kalamazoo Parkview over US-131/S01 Precast bridge elements to accelerate construction $80,000
Minnesota Stearns Bridges over the Canadian Pacific RR Comparative study of the types of steel bars most resistant to corrosion $300,000
North Carolina Buncombe NC 81 (Biltmore Ave.) over Swannanoa River Precast  bridge elements to accelerate construction $110,000
Oregon Clatsop Williamson River, Highway 422 and Bridge Creek, Highway 41 R/W Self-curing concrete that sets on its own with no moisture application, saving time and labor $350,000
Oregon Clatsop US30 at Mill Creek High-performance steel that is highly resistant to corrosion $400,000
South Carolina Horry State Road S-31 Bridge over Waccamaw River Swamp Precast bridge connections  designed for seismic regions $300,000
Utah Summit I-80 at Summit Park Crossing Light-weight epoxy overlay to seal the deck $300,000
Virginia Campbell Bridge on Route 712 over Route 29 Self-consolidating concrete that spreads evenly on its own and needs less equipment and labor $250,000
Washington Yakima Tieton River Bridge on US Highway 12 Self-consolidating concrete that spreads evenly on its own and needs less equipment and labor $110,000

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