The Cannelville Road Bridge in the village of Roseville in Muskingum County, Ohio is the first bridge in the U.S. with modular decked beams consisting of Sandwich Plate System (SPS) deck panels on Press-Brake-Formed Steel Tub Girders.

In May 2017 the 52.5-ft-long and 24-ft-wide single-span bridge replaced the existing deteriorated bridge in 26 days, ahead of the 30-day maximum allowed closure. Each of the two modular decked beam units weighed 31 tons and had two galvanized Press-Brake-Formed Steel Tub Girders with spray metallized Sandwich Plate System (SPS) deck panels, complete with bridge railing, for a projected 100-year service life. The half-width modules were erected in 20 minutes and bolted together in one day, followed by application of the waterproof membrane and asphalt overlay.

A conventional superstructure would have required 3-4 weeks of onsite construction. Advantages of this innovative superstructure include prefabrication and weight savings that allowed the rapid onsite installation, and reduced section depth due to the thin SPS decks and structurally efficient girder cross section.

The project was funded with a 2016 FHWA Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) grant award and was delivered by Muskingum County in partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation and FHWA. This presentation includes design and construction details as well as lessons learned.


As a steel bridge manufacturer and a general contractor, we recognize and appreciate accelerated bridge construction and so do our customers. On this project, the design of the girders paired with the SPS deck, permitted our crews to completely replace the old structure in record time. From bridge and abutment demolition to new abutments and superstructure, this bridge was open to traffic in 26 days. Remarkable.”

Dan Rogovin, President and CEO, US Bridge

“One hundred year bridges should be the standard. We need to be innovative and not afraid to try new ideas.”

Doug Davis, County Engineer for Muskingum


The bridge, designed and delivered by SPS Technology Network Partner US Bridge using SPS, won the 2018 National Steel Bridge Alliance Special Bridge Award for Technological Advancement.

SPS Technology Bridges offer lighter, high-precision prefabricated components for all of your new and reinstatement bridge projects. Built for a 100+ year design life, SPS provides a cost-effective, strong, durable and safe alternative to reinforced concrete.  Our team is experienced in vehicular and pedestrian bridges.

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