BNSF Railway


Ashland, NE


Rail Transportation: Freight Rail

Highways, Bridges & Civil Infrastructure: Fixed Bridges


Design: Structural Engineering

Salt Creek Bridge Replacement

STV was contracted by BNSF Railway to perform engineering design services for the replacement of the Salt Creek Bridge, a 449-foot-long truss bridge that carries the railroad over the Salt Creek in Ashland, NE. The bridge features a 107-foot main span and was believed to have been originally built in 1906.

As part of the replacement process, the new structure was erected on a work bridge adjacent to the existing truss. Service on the BNSF line was shut down so the existing truss could be cut from its supports, lifted out by two very large cranes, and placed on a second work bridge. The replacement girder span was then placed on new piers.