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Research and special projects

In an effort to design, build and maintain long-lasting and cost-effective bridges in Iowa, the Office of Bridges and Structures is continuously seeking innovations in the form of high-performance materials, new design methodology and state of the art technology. In pursuit of the stated goals, the office has been successful in obtaining federal grants to fund these innovations.

Project Sites

U.S. 6 bridge over Keg Creek

Massena Lateral Bridge Slide  

Research Information

Summary of recent bridge research

Innovative Bridge Research and Construction/Deployment (IBRC/IBRD) Projects

Special Investigations

Demonstration Projects

Load Testing Program

Accelerated Bridge Construction

Non-Destructive Testing

Structural Health Monitoring

Bridge Engineer Program


LRFD workshop on bridge foundations consisting of driven piles in Iowa Ė October 2012


For additional information about the Iowa DOTís bridge research program, please contact:
Ahmad Abu-Hawash, Chief Structural Engineer