The Shepherd Hills Parkway, the key northern bypass around Branson, MO, has been used by many thousands of motorists every day for over 15 years. Underneath all the hustle and bustle of families going shopping and heavy trucks delivering goods, a few Super•Cor structures from Big R Bridge have been quietly supporting it all so trains can pass with ease.
Low-maintenance can lead to loneliness
There they are — strong and steadfast, year in, year out, getting very little attention. That’s because Super•Cor soil span bridges require less maintenance and fewer inspections than steel or precast beam bridges. No sandblasters, painters or concrete repair crews come to visit. Even the graffiti vandals seem a bit stand-offish.
Many more years of trouble-free service
There’s comfort in the memory of how fast they were installed and that they not only provided spans of up to 50' but also allowed for reduced superstructure depths and minimal cover heights to keep consistent roadway alignments.
There’s pride in the fact that they’re made from one of the world’s strongest and most-specified steel structural plates, and that they were value-engineered by the Big R team to help their owners save time and money.
In any event, they are destined for many more years of trouble-free service — albeit, a bit lonely.
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