07 November 2011
Axion International Holdings has received an for its Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) material for a plastic bridge in York in Maine.
Axion said that the bridge will be the first of its kind used in a public highway application in the USA. The order was placed through its sales representative, Innovative Green Solutions.
The bridge will be approximately 8m wide by 4.6m long and will be used to replace an existing concrete box culvert. The bridge has been designed to meet American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) LRFD Specifications for HL-93 vehicular load.
It will consist of a single-span, with curbing, abutment headwalls and wingwalls. It will be covered in gravel and surfaced with asphalt pavement.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this green bridge project in Maine,” said Axion’s president and CEO Steve Silverman. “As the first 100% recycled plastic vehicular bridge built on the public highway system in the US, Axion is pleased that our relationship with the town of York could make this bridge a reality. Going forward Axion hopes to see continued acceptance of our recycled plastic products, as our management team remains committed to maintaining a diversified sales pipeline with a growing number of opportunities around the United States, and internationally as well.”
The bridge is adjacent to the historic York River and is located on a town road to the West of York Harbor. It was commissioned by the town of York and designed and reviewed by engineering consulting firms Parsons Brinckerhoff and CLD Consulting Engineers, and will be constructed by Maritime Construction and Engineering. The bridge is planned to be fully manufactured and installed before Maine’s winter season in 2011.