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L.B. Foster Awarded $15 Million Steel Grid Deck and Railing Contract for Historic Peace Bridge

194,000 SF Decking and 17,400 LF Railing for International Bridge Rehab Project

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pittsburgh-based L.B. Foster Company (NASDAQ:FSTR) has been awarded a contract by American Bridge Company of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania for the fabrication of new steel grid bridge decking and traffic and pedestrian railings for the international Peace Bridge Rehabilitation Project.  L.B. Foster will provide 194,000 SF of deck panels and 17,400 LF of railing for the rehabilitation of the historic bridge that spans the Niagara River from Buffalo, New York to Fort Erie, Ontario.

The existing rebar reinforced deck slab and bridge railing on the Peace Bridge is being replaced with L.B. Foster’s steel grid reinforced concrete deck panels and railing systems. The design specifies that the railing anchor bolts penetrate the new bridge decking, requiring the railing and deck panel installation to be coordinated.  L.B. Foster’s engineering department will be detailing both the grid deck panels and bridge railing to ensure critical component matchup during installation.  The grid material will be fabricated in L.B. Foster's plant in Bedford, PA.

L.B. Foster steel grid decking is engineered to exact specifications to expedite deck replacement and minimize traffic congestion during construction. “Our fabricated steel panels will be staged on both the Canadian and U.S. ends of the Peace Bridge.  The grid will reinforce the deck concrete to form a composite material that improves the span’s strength-to-weight ratio,” noted Chris Davis, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, L.B. Foster Fabricated Bridge Products. L.B. Foster’s lightweight 5” half-filled steel grid decking will strengthen the span’s structural integrity and increase its live load capacity.

L.B. Foster’s AISC-certified Bedford plant maintains the largest production capacity in the industry for the manufacturing of this innovative deck material. The Pennsylvania facility also produces bridge railing, stay-in-place bridge deck forms and miscellaneous fabricated bridge components.

About L.B. Foster Company
Established in 1902, L.B. Foster Company is a leading manufacturer, fabricator and distributor of products and services for the rail, construction, energy and utility markets with locations in North America and Europe.  The Fabricated Bridge Products group of L.B. Foster has been a leading provider of structural steel, bridge decking, bridge forms and railing for the construction and rehabilitation of bridges, highways and buildings for more than 40 years.  More information is available at:

Media Contact: 
Jake Fuellhart, Corporate Marketing Communications Manager, L.B. Foster Company