How long does it take to build a bridge?
The following is ONLY A TYPICAL EXAMPLE situation. Your project timeline may vary tremendously.
- First, determine the location for the bridge, measure site dimensions, research permit requirements, acquire a geotechnical report (if applicable for foundation design), and determine what codes and/or loads may apply
Could take up to several weeks
- Once the bridge is ordered, receive design drawings.
- Review and approve drawings for fabrication.
Could be one to several weeks (varies depending on agencies involved)
- Contractor constructs abutments. Excel fabricated and delivers the bridge.
Typically 8-14 weeks (Projects with multiple bridges or complex bridges may take longer)
- Contractor unloads truck, bolts together any splices and sets bridge in place.
Smaller structures can often be set in place in one day, larger more complex bridges could take several days
- Contractor pours concrete deck (if this option is chosen) and finishes any site work necessary, perform touch up painting if applicable.
Some issues that may affect your time line:
- Frozen ground
- Good for minimizing turf damage or gaining access
- Bad for concrete curing
- Fish and other wildlife movements and regulations
- High and low-water cycles
- Lane closures / utilities that may conflict with location of bridge