Parsippany-based Acrow Bridge, an international bridge engineering and supply company, recently announced that four prefabricated modular steel bridges have been provided by the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) to the country of Nepal as part of USASAC’s program to help regions around the world respond quickly to national emergencies. Nepal is vulnerable to a host of natural disasters, including landslides, avalanches, earthquakes and floods.
Acrow bridges are assembled from steel bridge components that can be quickly transported, assembled and reused wherever they are needed. The Acrow bridges sent to Nepal will be stored along the country’s major highways to keep a main supply route open in the event of a disaster. The bridges are over 76 meters long and 5 meters wide, with a load capacity of up to 120 tonnes. They can be assembled within 12 hours to different lengths and widths, using minimal equipment.
“All over the world, Acrow bridges connect people to the necessities they need to return to normal life or to enrich and sustain their daily health and wellbeing,” said Bill Killeen, President and CEO of Acrow. “We are proud to provide a solution that works well in a variety of situations and delivers immediate benefits to surrounding communities.”
A small delegation of Nepalese Army personnel recently completed a week-long training course on bridge assembly and maintenance at Acrow’s facilities in New Jersey. They will serve as trainers to help the Nepalese Army provide emergency response and humanitarian relief when needed.