03 May 05
Fibreglass road bridge continues German town's tradition
Fiberline has built what is believed to be mainland Europe's first glass fibre reinforced plastic road bridge. The German municipality of Klipphausen near Dresden opted for the lightweight, durable structure following the success of four GRP pedestrian and cycle bridges built by Fiberline two years ago. These replaced crossings that had been destroyed by flooding. Mayor Gerold Mann believes that GRP will save money. "Purchasing a traditional steel and wood bridge might be cheaper, but a traditional bridge is also expensive to maintain," he said. The bridge is bolted down, so that it can be removed temporarily if threatened by high water. Europe's first GRP road bridge opened to traffic in Oxfordshire, England in 2002.