Roads and Bridges


Since the construction of the first all-composite bridge superstructure in Miyun, China, in 1982, composites have been gradually gaining acceptance from civil engineers as a construction material. Today, composites are often utilized as reinforcing materials in repair and retrofitting of existing infrastructure applications. And more bridge decks are now made from composites than ever before. Composites have been used successfully in bridges all over the world. Learn where these projects are located.



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Properties and Benefits


  • Lightweight
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Ability to prefabricate
  • Reduced assembly and installation time
  • Lower installation and delivery costs
  • Minimal disruption to the structure
  • Longer lifespan
  • Product and system design can be optimized for specific loads
  • Reduced structure dead load can increase load ratings on existing structures
  • Increased service-life of structure
  • Reduced maintenance costs

Applications and Products


Bridges

  • Deck panels
  • Superstructure Decks
  • Girders
  • Barriers/parapets
  • Bridge enclosures
  • Drain pipes

Roads

  • Dowel bars
  • Continuous reinforcements

Tunneling

  • Soft eyes

Case Studies


Columbia River Skywalk


It was out with the old and in with the new when the City of Trail, British Columbia permanently closed a nearly century old vehicle bridge. The move tasked the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) with rerouting a new sewer pipe bridge across the Columbia River. Learn More




29th Street Bridge- Washington, D.C.


Located in the Georgetown area, a decaying bridge over the historic C&O canal was replaced with steel girders and FRP deck. This design minimized the bridge height to allow tour boats to pass underneath. An FRP sidewalk was installed on one side of the deck. Learn More




Nipigon River Bridge


In Canada, thousands of commuters rely on the TransCanada highway – a continuous highway system that travels through all 10 provinces of Canada from coast to coast. Like many highways in America, TransCanada has a lot of bridges made with steel-reinforced concrete structures. Learn More




Halls River Bridge


When it opens, the 186-foot Halls River Bridge in Homosassa, Fla., north of Tampa will likely have more composite elements than any vehicular bridge in the United States. Learn More




Minto Bridge


Composite Advantage supplied FRP composites to replace the existing steel bridge deck grating supporting Ottawa, Canada’s historic Minto Bridges East and Center. Learn More




Wolf Trap Pedestrian Bridge


To walk from one facility to another at Wolf Trap National Park, spectators used to file along a narrow curb over a vehicle bridge. The park put an end to that dangerous situation by constructing a composite pedestrian bridge in April 2012. Learn More




Tom’s Creek Bridge


Tom’s Creek Bridge in Blacksburg, Va., reopened to traffic June 23, 1997 as one of the first composite short-span vehicular bridges in the U.S. Learn More




Anacostia River Bridge


This FRP pedestrian bridge spans the Anacostia River into southeast Washington D.C. FRP helped minimize maintenance costs for the National Park Service. Learn More




Sandy Beach Pedestrian Bridge


Bridge traffic in "Ohio's Million Dollar Playground" came to a halt in the 1960s when the park fell into disrepair. The Indian Lake Historical Society raised the necessary funds to rehabilitate the bridge. Learn More




Hudson Run Road Bridge


In 2006, Composite Advantage installed a GFRP bridge deck in an industrial area of Summit County, Ohio, with heavy truck traffic. Learn More




Huffman Prairie Bicycle Path Bridge


The Huffman Prairie Bicycle Path Bridge connects Greene County’s bicycle/pedestrian trail system with historical sites in the Dayton area. The owner wanted a no‐maintenance deck to reduce annual operating costs. Learn More




Hillside Bridge - Cuyahoga Valley National Park


When the previous rehabilitation of this structure last less than ten years, federal highway engineers at Eastern Federal Lands decided to go with the longest lasting deck product available: FRP decking. Learn More




Piedra Lisa Bridge


After a brush fire destroyed the wood bridge and deck, a quick replacement was needed so pedestrians could cross over a multi-lane highway. Learn More




Leri Footbridge


Strongwell’s lightweight fiberglass components allowed PIPEX Structural Composites Ltd. to fabricate a footbridge in sections over the River Leri in Wales. Learn More




Kellogg Lake Pedestrian Bridge


This pedestrian bridge is part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project to expand transit access and make improvements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Learn More




H&BT Rail Trail


Broad Top Township chose Composite Advantage’s prefabricated FRP FiberSPAN bridge deck product to renovate the H&BT Rail Trail trestle bridge. Learn More




Rocks Village Bridge


Massachusetts DOT’s use of FRP for this project allowed contractors to meet their aggressive construction schedule by installing premade deck sections, and reduced the dead load. Learn More




North Bank Bridge


This FRP pedestrian bridge connects two parks along the north bank of the Charles River in Boston. FRP was used because the bridge had to be able to withstand loads of 100 pounds per square foot. Learn More




Sea Life Park Bridge


Two redwood bridges at the Sea Life Park in Waimanolo, Hawaii, were rotting out and had to be replaced every two to five years. The park found an ideal solution when they switched to fiberglass. Learn More