Easily assembled modular bridges provide crucial lifelines during natural disasters
(Parsippany, New Jersey) – 21 December 2015 – Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, has announced the continued training of soldiers from the Nepalese Army in the safe installation and maintenance of four modular Acrow bridges supplied to the country in 2014 by the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) as part of its program to help regions around the world respond quickly to national emergencies. Nepal is vulnerable to many natural disasters, including floods, landslides, earthquakes and avalanches. Each of the bridges measures over 76 meters long and 5 meters wide and has a load capacity of up to 120 metric tons. They are stored along Nepal’s major highways in order to keep supply routes open in the event of a disaster.
Prior to the delivery of the structures, which was completed in July 2014, a small group of Nepalese Army delegates completed a training course on the assembly and maintenance of the bridges at Acrow’s facilities in New Jersey. This included hands-on assembly of various configurations and the assembly of a small-scale bridge launch. Conducted in partnership with the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation at the Nepalese Army’s engineer unit in Thankot, the recent training involved 60 soldiers along with two representatives from Acrow. The ten-day course culminated in a graduation ceremony on December 11.
In addition to Acrow’s longtime partnership with the U.S. Army, Acrow has also provided bridging infrastructure solutions and emergency preparedness training to numerous governments around the world. Notable examples include partnerships with the Australian Department of Defense, the Chilean Army, and collaborations such as a joint engineering mission with the Afghan National Security forces and the supply of dozens of bridges to the militaries of Colombia, Botswana and the Israeli Defense Forces, among others. Most recently, Acrow delivered modular bridges to Provias Descentralizado in Peru, ahead of the anticipated impact of a strong weather pattern known as El Niño, which will be active well into 2016.
“Acrow bridges help people all over the world return to normal life after disasters,” said Bill Killeen, President and CEO of Acrow. “Acrow bridges are assembled from steel bridge components that can be quickly transported, assembled quickly using minimal equipment, and reused wherever they are needed.”