BridgeComposites completes composite bridge span

New York-based BridgeComposites, working with a professor at the University of Buffalo and XC Associates has installed a composite bridge to replace a 40-ft steel structure suffering from corrosion.

BridgeComposites LLC (Hornell, N.Y., USA) reported on Jan. 22 the opening of a highway bridge after a rehabilitation that included the first installation of a new generation of composite decking.

The 40-ft/12.2m-long steel structure previously had a deck comprised of open steel grating. As part of the project, several steel beams were replaced because of corrosion they had suffered due to water and salt leaking through the grating.

The lightweight composite deck, originally developed by Dr. Amjad Aref at University at Buffalo (Buffalo, N.Y.), employs pultruded subcomponents as well as a vacuum infusion process carried out by XC Associates (Stephentown, N.Y.). The project was funded by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through its Highways for LIFE program.