11. Juli 2012

GFRP – The Span Between Old And New

von Angelo Koichopolos

Down with the old and up with the new. Bonnechere bridge is in the city of Deacon, Ontario. The bridge is approximately 94 meter long and 13 meter wide with 6 meter approach slabs.

MTO has decided to remove the deck, sidewalks and painted steel rails and replace them with a new GFRP deck and galvanized steel rail. The existing sub structure is made of cedar wood piles which will be reused except for the pile that are damaged.

The bridge is scheduled for 40 years of service. MTO has installed sensor on 3 bars to monitor ComBAR’s performance over the life span of the bridge.  Although the size of this project is huge, the scheduling, fabrication, delivery and documentation required went without a hitch. Kudos to all involved in making this project runs super efficiently.  Looby construction has phase 1 poured and the removal of phase 2 is on its way. We should be completed with our end of things by the end of this summer. I am confident based on Schoeck past performance that we are ready to take on new and even larger challenges.

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