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FiberSPAN’s Bridge System Connects Three Parks Giving Hikers Access to Trails

18 August 2015

FiberSPAN’s Bridge System Connects Three Parks Giving Hikers Access to Trails

Composite Advantage was hired to design and build a no-maintenance structure to replace a bridge crossing that connects Rotary Park, Phillips Park and the Beavercreek Wetlands Nature Preserve in Dayton, Ohio, US.

Ohio’s Beavercreek Township had to close the bridge crossing in 2012 following flooding and erosion. Composites Advantage (CA) explains that Green County park employees had pieced together the original bridge from used county highway bridge materials. The Township wanted something different and found they didn’t have to look further than their own backyard for a replacement. CA was hired to design and build a no-maintenance structure.

“Our FiberSPAN bridge deck products are a good fit for these types of applications,” says Scott Reeve, President of Composite Advantage. “We’re able to provide a total bridge system that includes prefabrication and installation through our partner FRP Constructors.”

CA says it designed the bridge deck to support pedestrian loads up to 85 psf and maintenance vehicle loads. The robust deck was moulded to withstand uplift force in the event of a 100-year flood. To give Green County a maintenance free span, CA specified a weathered steel truss 45 ft. superstructure from Colorado-based Big R Bridge. CA technicians moulded two large 3 ½ inch thick, 6-foot-wide fibre reinforced polymer bridge deck panels with black pigment. A brown non-slip wear surface was used to simulate timber planking. Solar-powered lights were also added for illumination after dark.

According to CA, FRP Constructors transported the prefabricated bridge with FiberSPAN bridge deck to the park and set it in place. Installation took less than a day. It says that the light-weight structure opened up trails that had been closed to the community for three years.

Photo provided by Composite Advantage.





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