Letter to the Editor: US steel grid decks a viable option to offshore systems

Sep 18, 2013 | 11:32 AM |

Tags  bridge construction, foreign steel, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, MTA, Bridge Grid Flooring Manufacturers Association, BGFMA, Thomas Gibson American Iron and Steel Institute

To the Editor:

I recently read with great interest your articles about New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA’s) decision to allow a Chinese fabricated steel orthotropic deck system for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

The Bridge Grid Flooring Manufacturers Association (BGFMA) agrees with the statements made by the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Thomas Gibson, as well as various lawmakers (amm.com, June 26). Although we understand the benefits of steel orthotropic deck systems, we also realize that these deck systems are very expensive to manufacture here in the United States, which leads to overseas fabrication.....

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