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Bridge over No-Name Creek
The bridge over No-Name Creek, built by John Kunz and KSCI, is the first all
composite bridge for unrestricted, vehicular traffic built in the United States.
Created using Infrastructure Composites International's system for manufacturing large cell honeycomb
fiber reinforced polymer
composite structural panels, the bridge was manufactured in KSCI's Russell Kansas plant,
and trucked to the site in three parts.
On site installation was accomplished in about twelve hours, and according to
Bob Hoback, of the Russell County Highway department, "The bridge went into place
like a dream!"
Small bridges can be installed in about a day using this system, and it should no longer take
months to replace washed out bridges. While a steel/concrete bridge might weigh 100 to 150 pounds
per square foot, composite bridges can weigh as little as 20 to 35 pounds per square foot.
Shipping the bridge in pieces and assembling it on site is a snap! With
economies of scale the cost can be competitive with conventional systems in an
increasing number of applications. To build this bridge, John Kunz used reinforcement
materials from Vetrotex Certainteed and Brunswick Technologies, and resins from
Alpha Owens Corning.
On December 4th, 1996 the official Ribbon cutting was performed by E. Dean Carloson,
Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation.
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