The process of bridge construction should never be taken lightly. The risks associated with ending up with a low quality bridge are often dire and include the loss of life. It therefore makes sense to ensure that all the aspects of bridge construction are done in such a manner as to facilitate high degrees of […]

The process of bridge construction should never be taken lightly. The risks associated with ending up with a low quality bridge are often dire and include the loss of life. It therefore makes sense to ensure that all the aspects of bridge construction are done in such a manner as to facilitate high degrees of safety and reliability. In order for this to work, a few issues need to be sorted out beforehand, especially during the planning stages. Some of these include:
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Identification of how the bridge is most likely to be used
Before constructing a bridge, it’s always wise to find out how it will most likely to be used. For instance, will it be used to ferry heavy vehicles such as lorries and tanks, or will it be used mainly by people on foot? If the latter is the case, what is the maximum number of people you can expect on the bridge at any one time? These variables will help you determine issues such as how strong you should make the bridge, as well as how wide it should be. There are infrastructure firms that will help you find this information in a scientific manner, allo0wing you to get very accurate information.

 
The local regulations
In most parts of the world, there are strict laws that govern how civil infrastructure such as bridges should be constructed. If you are interested in putting one up, it would be wise to go through such rules to find out what you need to adhere to in order to make it safer. Visiting your local government office is likely to be the best way for you to get accurate information regarding this.
Avoiding the risk of lawsuits
If you are in charge of bridge construction, you may be at risk of being sued if you don’t handle the project with care. If the bridge ends up collapsing and causing damage, for instance, you may be held responsible for this by the authorities. Some of the measures you can put in place to avoid this include using high quality fasteners (such as Monel 400 hex head cap screws) for the construction. You will also need to adhere to established standards in the construction of the bridge. The best way to get high quality Monel 500 carriage bolts and hex head cap screws for this application is by buying them from sources you can trust.
Make sure everyone involved in the project is skilled
Having some people in the project not having enough skill to do a thorough job only increases the chances of failures. If you are recruiting people to handle any aspect of bridge construction, you should do as much as you can to ensure that the ones you end up with will be of benefit to you. Some of the criteria you can use to determine this include their skill and experience in handling such projects in the past.
Once all the above are sorted out, it will be easy for you to end up with a high quality bridge that will stand the test of time.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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