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County hopes to try new bridge-building technique

The geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge system concept combines cutting-edge fabric with ancient building secrets. This simple method can lower costs, cut construction time, improve durability, and increase safety. The first such bridge in Kansas could be in Barton County.

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Ancient civilizations understood the concept, but the idea got lost in the dusts of architectural time, until recently that is.
Although the concept of geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge systems has its roots in antiquity, the idea has re-emerged as a way to build bridges faster, cheaper and safer. One such bridge may be coming to Barton County.
“This would be the first one of these in Kansas,” said Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco.
What is this method? The words are a mouthful, but picture a layer cake, Rusco said.
Rather than drilling a deep foundation and using pilings, the reinforced ...

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