17 April 2001
The small town of Den Dungen in the Netherlands is to build a small bridge entirely out of advanced composites, which will be suitable for heavy traffic. The main structure of the bridge will be made of glass and carbon fibre reinforced beams, whereas the top layers will consist of a PUR-foam sandwich construction partially reinforced with glass fibres. The original plan was to build the bridge in the town of Andel, but funding could not be found. Research funding has now been made available by the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works & Water Management to cover the extra cost of the structure over that of a traditional steel bridge.