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Innovative Bridge Construction GRS-IBS Workshop

Thursday, October 20, 2016  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Innovative Bridge Construction

GRS-IBS Workshop

LHTAC is hosting a demonstration workshop near Jerome, Idaho, for local highway jurisdictions.

Date: November 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Date: November 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Innovative Bridge Construction Workshop Flyer (PDF)
Two dates to choose from!

The Local Highway Technical Assistance Council received funding to provide a demonstration workshop on Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil–Integrated Bridge System (GRS–IBS) bridge construction in southeast Idaho. The one-day workshop will include a morning of class instruction using FHWA experts and an afternoon of onsite observation of the construction. Participants can sign up for either the November 16th class or the November 17th class. The instruction will be the same on both.

GRS-IBS is an innovation to help reduce bridge construction time and cost. GRS-IBS projects can be built in weeks instead of months, due to the ease of construction and the use of readily available materials and equipment. Reduced construction schedule translates into less exposure around work zones improving safety. Idaho has adopted GRS-IBS as a focus for the state.

LHTAC will collect information from the workshop and site visit to compile “Best Management Practices for GRS-IBS Bridge Construction” material to distribute to locals in the future.

Those attending this workshop may be reimbursed at the federal per diem rate. The focus audience for this workshop is roadway supervisors, foreman and employees. Consultants may be able to attend if spots are not first filled by locals. Note: The grant will not cover the cost of consultants to attend.

The workshop will be held at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Twin Falls and the group will travel to a project site in Jerome. Transportation from the hotel to lunch and the job site will be provided.


Registration is open!

Please use the links below to register for one of the two dates our workshop is offered.

November 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have questions, need special travel or dietary arrangements please contact Dawn Christensen at 208-344-0565 or

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