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Axion's Struxure used to build longest 100% recycled bridge on a public US road

News International-French

6 Jun 2013

Axion a specialist in recycled plastic and plastic composite technologies used to produce Ecotrax rail ties and Struxure building products, announces its participation in the construction of a bridge in Logan County, Ohio made with Axion's Struxure 100% recycled infrastructure building products. The Company had announced the purchase order for the bridge in September, 2012.

Logan County Engineer Scott Coleman reportedly stated that durability and an expected life span of over 50 years weighed into the decision to use Struxure as well as the environmental benefits of using 100% recycled materials. The community in Logan County has a goal of being a zero-waste county by the 2020. Materials used to make Struxure include 80% post-consumer plastics such as detergent bottles, shampoo bottles and milk jugs, and 20% is comprised of car bumpers and dashboards.

The 24.6 foot onion ditch bridge is the longest span bridge made from 100% recycled plastic materials in North America and is only the second bridge of its kind on a public road, following one built using Struxure in York, Maine. Additionally, the St. Lawrence County Department of Highways in upstate New York has purchased Struxure to repair and restore bridges. Other tank and railroad bridges have been built using Struxure on domestic military bases supporting heavy loads like 70+ ton tanks and 120+ ton railroad locomotives. Axion bridge systems like this one in Ohio that span 15' to 25' lengths are competitive with traditional building products when considering long-term maintenance over the life of the structure.

Reportedly, 80% of the cost of the onion ditch bridge was paid for by the Federal Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program, which provides funding for projects that demonstrate innovative accelerated bridge design and construction technology, and the application of innovative material technology.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, in 2011 143,899 bridges were either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, with a surface area exceeding 89 million square meters. The American Society of Civil Engineers' 2009 report states that while $10.5 billion is spent annually on the construction and maintenance of bridges, a $17 billion annual investment is needed to substantially improve current bridge conditions.

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