FHWA awards grant for seismic-area bridge technology

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The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a $400,397 grant to BERGER/ABAM Engineers Inc. to develop the connections that go into prefabricated bridge bents — also known as piers — built in areas prone to seismic activity.

FHWA says the technology funded by the grant will create more pliable links to connect the bents once the bridge, built offsite, 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.