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Five Rivers MetroParks Installs Composite Advantage FiberSPAN Trail Bridge

11 March 2014

Five Rivers MetroParks Installs Composite Advantage FiberSPAN Trail Bridge

Dayton’s Five Rivers MetroParks, situated in Ohio, US, has installed a prefabricated, 20-foot FiberSPAN trail bridge in Germantown MetroPark.

Manufactured by Composite Advantage, the zero-maintenance Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) trail bridge spans a stream as part of a new trail construction project at the Germantown, Ohio park. The Dayton area’s Five Rivers MetroParks covers nearly 16,000 acres.

 “We were very impressed with the ease of installation of this product,” says Chris Pion, Park Project Manager for Five Rivers MetroParks. “The bridge was light enough to make installation easy in a remote location without the use of heavy equipment. It also was installed in just one hour in single-digit temperatures.”

“The anti-slip wearing surface provides excellent slip resistance,” Pion adds. “We expect this surface to perform well in our all-weather trail application.” 

Composite Advantage explains the fiberglass bridge was delivered to the site with curbs and steel railings attached; and met the industry standard of 90 pounds per-square-foot pedestrian live load. Composite Advantage claim it engineers its fiberglass trail bridge and bridge deck products for superior strength, lighter weight and corrosion resistance to water and chemicals. It says these performance properties give its bridge products a lifespan of 50-plus years.






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