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Composite Advantage Builds FRP Superstructure for Road Bridge

20 May 2008

Composite Advantage (CA) has built a new drop-in-place fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite bridge superstructure, 22 feet long by 62 feet wide, for Eight Mile Road Bridge in Hamilton County, Ohio.

CA developed its unique, integrated FRP bridge system to give customers faster installation times and eliminate the need for heavy equipment. Hamilton County is the first site in the US to receive CA's innovative composite bridge product.

Unlike conventional FRP decks on steel beams, CA's drop-in-place FRP bridge system is prefabricated with integral beams and deck and incorporates the entire superstructure. CA built a total of eight panels for the Hamilton County project at its manufacturing facility in Dayton, Ohio. The panels, installed on April 24, 2008, were dropped in place side by side from abutment to abutment. Installation took just one day. The new FRP bridge system is corrosion resistant, requires no maintenance and has a predicted life cycle of 100 years. The County will pour concrete at each end and give the new deck an asphalt wearing surface.

Composite Advantage products range from large structural walls and panels, vehicle and pedestrian bridge decks to concrete forms, pads and mats.