Advancing the "Bridge in a Backpack" Technology

Under previous research the University of Maine's AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center along with Maine Department of Transportation have developed and successfully demonstrated the "Bridge in a Backpack" technology on Neal Bridge in Pittsfield, Maine. This technology uses an FRP arch shell filled with concrete along with FRP decking to create a durable arch bridge. This next study will advance the technology to allow for more a economical bridge, longer spans and construction of the FRP arch onsite. This work will be used to build five more demonstration bridges in Maine.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract to a Performing Organization has not yet been awarded.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Maine Department of Transportation

    Research Division, Child Street, 16 State House Station
    Augusta, ME  United States  04333-0016
  • Start Date: 20091201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 24377

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461824
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Maine Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:53PM