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July 2016

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This month’s newsletter includes information about:

    • SAVE THE DATE - Fall 2016 AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration Meeting.
    • NSPE Recognizes their 2016 Young Engineer of the Year.
    • Congratulations to the 2016 Prize Bridge Award Winners.
    • Progress Continues on That “Other” Large Steel Bridge Project: The Ohio River Bridges in Louisville, KY.
    • Mark your Calendar for these Upcoming Events.


SAVE THE DATE - Fall 2016 AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration Meeting

The fall AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration Meeting will be November 1-3 at the Hilton at the Ballpark in St. Louis, MO. All collaboration meetings are free and open to anyone interested in attending. So that we can better plan/schedule the event we request that you register using the following link before October 7, 2016.

Meeting Registration Link

 Hotel Information
This meeting will take place at the Hilton at the Ballpark

Address: 1 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102
Rate: $125 plus applicable taxes
Reservations: Reservations may be made online through the following link:  http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/STLBVHF-AAS-20161101/index.jhtml

Cut-off Date: 5pm ET October 17, 2016

About the Collaboration
The mission of the Collaboration is to achieve quality and value in steel bridges by standardization of design, fabrication, and erection, and by the sharing of resources. Through the Collaboration, steel bridge professionals work together in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect to develop details, specifications and practices and to exchange knowledge, technology and expertise.

For additional information visit: www.steelbridges.org/CollaborationStandards 

NSPE Recognizes their 2016 Young Engineer of the Year

Jason Stith 
Jason Stith, PE, PhD Jason Stith is a Civil Engineer at Michael Baker International. Stith obtained a Doctorate in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin after receiving both a Masters of Civil Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. In his short career he has made significant contributions to several major bridge projects touching every stage of a bridge’s life cycle (design, construction, inspection, and maintenance). He has made significant contributions to the design of two separate 550-ft basket-handled network tied arches over Kentucky Lake and Lake. Additionally, he design the main structural steel members for the 320 foot replacement span on Eggner’s Ferry Bridge after its collapse due to a ship impact. His construction contributions includes his work nationally with the AASHTO/NSBA Collaboration where he chairs the steel bridge erection task group which provides best practice guidelines and industry standards. Prior to this effort, his dissertation work resulted in a user-friendly analysis tool for steel bridges during construction, UTBridge. Stith has assisted in numerous complex long span fracture critical inspection including more than a half dozen Ohio River bridges. He was instrumental in the evaluation and developing the rehabilitation plans for the Sherman Minton Bridge (I-64 over the Ohio River in Louisville). A critical crack was found in a fracture critical member during the inspection which resulted in the closure of the structure that carries more than 80,000 vehicle per day.

Stith is a 2014 graduate of Kentucky Society of Professional Engineer’s Leadership PE program and is an active member of his local KSPE chapter. He lives in Rineyville, Ky. with his wife Samantha and their four children.

This article originally appeared on the NSPE website.

Congratulations to the 2016 Prize Bridge Award Winners


To learn more about the projects check out this June 2016 MSC article highlighting each category winner.

Progress Continues on that “Other” Large Steel Bridge Project: The Ohio River Bridges in Louisville, KY.

Work continues on the East End bridge that will carry I-265 over the Ohio River and connect it with Indiana SR 265 in Indiana. Steel erection will continue through the summer and is scheduled to finish in the fall.

The East End bridge is part of the larger Ohio River Bridges project. Currently, the new Abraham Lincoln bridge is open to traffic and carrying northbound and southbound traffic while the existing Kennedy Bridge is closed for rehabilitation. Once the rehab is complete, Kennedy Bridge will carry all southbound traffic while the Abraham Lincoln Bridge will carry northbound traffic.

For more information on the project schedule visit: http://www.kyinbridges.com/

View the project photos on Flickr.

Mark your Calendars!

Come visit us at these upcoming events.

        • September 30, 2016:  Steelday

        • October 5-6, 2016:  North Central State Meeting. Omaha, NE

        • November 1-3, 2016:  Fall AASHTO/NSBA Collaboration Meeting. St. Louis, MO.