U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
April 3, 2009
Federal Highway Administration Announces Grant for Innovative Technology for Bridges in Areas Prone to Seismic Activity. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) awarded a $400,397 grant to BERGER/ABAM Engineers Inc., this week to develop the connections that go into prefabricated bridge bents - also known as piers – built in areas prone to seismic activity. The technology funded by the grant will create more pliable links to connect the bents once the bridge, built off-site, is in place, greatly reducing construction time and traffic delays. The grant was provided under FHWA's Highways for LIFE program which promotes highway innovations. BERGER/ABAM Engineers Inc. is a leader in developing bridge bents for use in seismically active areas. Contact Nancy Singer: (202) 366-0660.