FALL 2008

ASPIRE is a quarterly magazine published by PCI in cooperation with the associations of the National Concrete Bridge Council. The editorial content focuses on the latest technology and key issues in the Concrete Bridge Industry.

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F O C U S The Big I project in Albuquerque, N.M., is the only full freeway-to-freeway interchange in the state. The $300-million project included 62 bridges and was completed ahead of schedule and within budget Since URS established its roots more than a century ago, the bridge industry has evolved and adapted to meet new needs and challenges. The company has done likewise, expanding and building on its expertise to secure its position as the largest bridge design firm in the country. While reaching those heights, the firm has tackled projects of every size, every material, and nearly every style, watching trends develop along the way. "We have a wide experience with every type of bridge and material, including concrete, steel, timber, and even composites," explains Steven L. Stroh, vice president and deputy director of surface transportation for major bridges. "We don't limit ourselves to one bridge type, and we've handled everything from simple-beam bridges to complex, cable-supported structures and even movable bridges; the entire gamut." That expertise ensures the designers find the best solution to each challenge, adds David Jeakle, senior structural engineer. Using expertise gained from a 100-year history with all types of bridges to meet owners' needs URS —A CentURy of VeRSAtility by Craig A. Shutt 8 | ASPIRE , Fall 2008 ASPIRE_fall08.indb 8 9/15/08 3:58:22 PM

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