Axion Provides 100% Recycled Composite Materials to the Completion of Ohio Public Road Bridge

11 June 2013

Axion has contributed its STRUXURE composite-infrastructure products to the completion of the Onion Ditch Bridge in Logan County, Ohio, US.

Logan County Engineer, Scott Coleman, reportedly stated that durability and an expected life span of over 50 years influenced the decision to use STRUXURE, as well as the environmental benefits of using 100% recycled materials. Logan County has a goal of being a zero-waste county by the 2020. Materials used to make STRUXURE include 80% post-consumer plastics such as detergent bottles, shampoo bottles and milk jugs, and 20% is comprised of car bumpers and dashboards.

"It was rewarding to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Onion Ditch Bridge. Axion supplied our STRUXURE infrastructure building materials and we consulted on the engineering of the bridge as well. We are very confident of the performance and value STRUXURE products deliver. For years, 70-ton tanks have been driving over a similar STRUXURE bridge on a US army base," stated Dave Crane, AXION's Executive Vice President of Building Products.

"Advancements in technology are creating new economics and feasibility around recycled building materials. We are seeing increased adoption of our high-performance, proven infrastructure-grade building materials that make sense for communities both financially and environmentally," added AXION President and CEO Steve Silverman.

The 24.6ft Onion Ditch Bridge is the longest span bridge made from 100% recycled composite materials in North America and is only the second bridge of its kind on a public road, following one built using STRUXURE in York, Maine, US. Additionally, the St. Lawrence County Department of Highways in upstate New York has purchased STRUXURE to repair and restore bridges. Other tank and railroad bridges have been built using STRUXURE on domestic military bases supporting heavy loads, railroad locomotives weighing over 120 tons. AXION bridge systems, like this one in Ohio, that span 15 to 25ft lengths are competitive with traditional building products when considering long-term maintenance over the life of the structure.

Reportedly, 80% of the cost of the Onion Ditch Bridge was paid for by the Federal Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program, which provides funding for projects that demonstrate innovative, bridge design-and-construction technology, and the application of innovative material technology. 

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