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‘Zero-maintenance’ bridge reunites Ohio parks for 75-100 years

September 17, 2015

Phillips Park Side View

Without a crossing for over three years, residents of Beavercreek Township, Ohio, were plenty excited to have a new pedestrian/trail bridge to reconnect their three popular parks. The fact that it was a ‘zero-maintenance’ solution with a 75-100 year design service life was a bonus.

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Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Decking with Weathering Steel 
Big R Bridge collaborated with Ohio-based Composite Advantage on the new 45' bridge that featured lightweight FRP decking. The design of the non-slip decking surface simulates timber planks in a color that matches the bridge’s Weathering Steel finish.

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Bridge transported through trails with light equipment
FRP decking is 50% the weight of wood and only 25% the weight of concrete, which was very helpful as this single-span bridge needed to be manoeuvred a distance along a narrow trail system using only light lifting equipment.

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The proof is in the flooding
Composite Advantage designed the bridge deck to support pedestrian and maintenance vehicle loads and to withstand an uplift force in the event of a 100-year-flood. About a month after installation, storms caused flooding and an uprooted tree crashed into the bridge when a section of the bank gave way. Inspection revealed that abutments, bridge, deck and connections remained sound. The customer is looking to use this bridge package in other locations.

Project-at-a-glance

Name: Phillips Park Pedestrian Bridge with FRP Decking
Location: Beavercreek Township, OH
Owner: Beavercreek Township  
Engineer: Composite Advantage   
Contractor: FRP Constructors   
Product: Prefabricated Pedestrian Bridge with FRP Decking  
Application: Stream Crossing
Dimensions: Span 45' x Width 6' 
Installation time: Four days for the full project (two days for the abutments, one day for the bridge, one day to finish the approaches)