Every bridge features a deck, the actual surface on which traffic runs. The deck’s material and structure vary based on the bridge’s purpose. FRP decking for vehicle bridges provides high strength to withstand the heavy truck loads and lightweight for fast installation and specialty applications.
As transportation has evolved over the centuries, bridge builders develop new structural solutions and implement alternatives to better meet the needs of contemporary commuters. At the Creative Composites Group, we’re committed to supplying the latest innovations in bridge construction to contribute to accelerated bridge construction methods and reduced life cycle costs.
While the best bridge for your project largely depends on your community’s needs, we believe that FRP decks are the most effective long term solution for today’s bridges. Designed with simplicity and durability in mind, our FRP vehicle bridge systems feature prefabricated fiberglass panels that are 80% lighter than concrete. Because of their high strength, they are well-suited to nearly any type of traffic. At weights less than 26 pounds per square foot, the FRP deck is the perfect match for movable bridges. The solid surface protects superstructures and mechanisms from chemicals and water.
We offer two types of vehicle decking. For basic constant cross-section decks, the pultruded SUPERDeck system can be used. Profiles are bonded together into the appropriate panel sizes.
For complex, prefabricated bridge elements full of features like crowns, curbs, drains and attachment points, the molded FiberSPAN decking offers maximum design flexibility.
All decking has a polymer aggregate non-slip overlay that handles snow plows. Quick installation minimizes traffic delays. Its long-term savings make it the most cost-effective solution available today. With an expected lifespan of 100 years, it requires much less maintenance than most concrete and metal bridges.
Our FiberSPAN vehicle FRP bridge decks are especially suited for movable bridges and historic steel truss bridge projects that require lightweight material. Prefabricated decks include crowns, cross-slope, skews, curbs, drain scuppers, non-slip overlay, and railing attachments. Quick installation minimizes traffic delays.
Bridge building is a complex science, but the experts at the Creative Composites Group have the experience and expertise needed to develop a cutting-edge solution for any contractor or department of transportation. To learn more about FRP vehicle bridge systems, contact us today.