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Composite Advantage Installs FRP Bridge in Daniel Boone National Forest

16 September 2014

Composite Advantage Installs FRP Bridge in Daniel Boone National Forest

An aging, wood bridge structure at Cumberland District, Morehead Office Visitors Center in Daniel Boone National Forest, US has been replaced using Composite Advantage materials.

Daniel Boone National Forest sprawls across 21 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky, US. Daniel Boone is one of the most heavily used forests in the South; totaling more than 708,000 acres and attracting over 5 million visitors a year.  The U.S. Forest Service wanted new bridge technology that could deliver a fast turnaround and minimal downtime.

“When the Forest Service identified this bridge for replacement, we considered several bridge suppliers but they didn’t offer value adds like quick installation,” says Kevin Haggard, Project Manager for K. Hayes Limited. “This bridge sees a lot of pedestrian traffic because it connects the parking lot to the Visitors Center. Minimal disruption for park visitors was critical. Composite Advantage met that requirement with their prefabricated FRP bridge. They also removed the old structure making the whole project quick, with very little down time.”

Composite Advantage explains the new 30 ft. long, 6 ft. wide, 16-in. deep FiberSPAN bridge, which fords a stream, was opened to the public in June of this year. Installation, including removal of the old bridge, took only six hours. Composite Advantage manufactured the bridge with a custom colour to blend with its natural surroundings.

“They wanted a very specific colour,” says Scott Reeve, President of Composite Advantage. “The colour had to be Bahama Brown. We were able to meet that requirement.”

Photo provided by Composite Advantage