Protecting the country's infrastructure from corrosion is more relevant than ever before, as in February 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) was passed. The Recovery Act provided $48.1 billion to the Department of Transportation to invest in transportation infrastructure, including highways, transit, rail, and other venues.
To ensure these taxpayer dollars will be invested wisely in structures that will stand the test of time, hot-dip galvanized steel should be incorporated into new bridge, highway, and airport, and mass transit projects. Not only does galvanized steel often save money on the project in the initial construction phase, it continues to provide savings through use thanks to the maintenance-free nature of the zinc coating.
An examination of the life-cycle cost of a hot-dip galvanized steel bridge or other transportation projects will reveal the culmination of savings throughout the life of the project. Using hot-dip galvanized steel means a structure will be making the most out of every dollar spent.