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Axion Begins Construction on Recycled Plastic Railroad Bridges

  • Thursday, 28th January 2010
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Axion International has begun a demolition project at Ft. Eustis Army Transportation Corp. military base in Virginia, with the aim to replace its old wooden spans with two new railroad bridges made almost entirely from Axion’s 100% recycled plastic structural products.

“By utilizing recycled plastic, not only will these bridges not rot, rust or corrode like traditional building materials, they will also help divert literally tons of recycled products that would normally be destined for landfills. This includes household items such as milk jugs, detergent bottles, and car bumpers,” said Axion CEO, Jim Kerstein.

The US Army commissioned these bridges last year and construction is expected to last four months. Axion is providing all parts for the two Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) bridges, including pilings, I-beams for pile caps and main girders, and crossties/curbing.

All parts of the bridges will be made from Axion products except the steel fasteners and bolts.

The new short span bridges will extend approximately 40 feet and 80 feet respectively. Each of these bridges are designed to achieve a high-load rating of 130 tons (i.e. 260,000 pounds) in order to transport locomotives and freight traffic for military movement and base exercises and achieve a Cooper E60 Rating.


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