Acrow Bridge Partners with Canam-Bridges for Twin Bridge Project in Nova Scotia

Permanent bridges will span the Roseway River near Shelburne providing access for vehicles, pedestrians and snowmobiles

(Bolton, Ontario) – 18 May 2017 – Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, announced it has supplied a single lane bridge to Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NSTIR). The bridge is being used as a detour during construction of a galvanized truss bridge in a neighboring location. The truss bridge is a joint project with Acrow and Canam-Bridges, a division of Canam Group Inc.

The two existing bridges spanning the Roseway River near Shelburne both needed permanent replacement. It was decided to build the single lane “trail” bridge first so it could lessen a detour inconvenience to residents and tourists alike. The structure is 42.7 meters (140 feet) long by 4.2 meters (13.5 feet) wide. After use as a detour for vehicles and pedestrians, it will remain in place permanently to carry pedestrians, equestrians, mountain bikers, cross-country skiers and snowmobiles as part of the Shelburne County Rail Trail.

The galvanized truss bridge, which was designed, fabricated and installed by Canam-Bridges of Quebec, utilizes Acrow’s standard prefabricated orthotropic steel deck units which are fabricated to meet the quality standards of the AISC and ISO 9001 in Milton Pennsylvania. Due to the orthotropic design and through the use of robotic welding, they are not only very effective in terms of weight and strength, but very cost effective as well. The bridge is 42.7 meters (140 feet) long by 9 meters (30 feet) wide. Construction began approximately three months after the start of the trail bridge project in October 2016. It is anticipated it may be open to traffic by early June 2017. The design engineer is Greg Connors of NSTIR and the contractor is Dexter Construction of Bedford, Nova Scotia.

“We are pleased to have been involved in these important jobs in Shelburne,” said Ken Scott, President of Acrow Limited. “We’ve particularly enjoyed working with our partners at Canam to supply the deck units. Acrow standard decks could be used for the retrofitting of other existing bridges in need of a deck replacement. Because of their light weight, the decks contribute to a structure with increased load capacity and extended life.”

The Shelburne installation by Canam is the third permanent steel truss bridge to be installed in Nova Scotia in the past two years. The other two are located in Milton, NS, and over Nine Mile River in Hants County, NS.

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