Exactly one year after installation, an inspection of FiberSPAN™ decking on Wolf Trap National Park’s pedestrian bridge showed the Composite Advantage FRP product’s performance is perfect. CA conducted the check-up as part of an inspection of four bridges in the DC area with its FiberSPAN product. The FRP decking was sourced for the steel truss pedestrian bridge which connects two main facilities at the park’s Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center located near Vienna, Va. The 3-span bridge provides safe crossing over the 10-lane Dulles Airport Access Road. The bridge was designed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to meet accelerated construction requirements and reduce lane closures that could hamper access to the busy airport. FiberSPAN FRP bridge decks offered the ideal solution. The deck panels were prefabricated including the wear surface, curbs and expansion joint to reduce on-site construction time. More importantly, the FRP bridge deck is 80 percent lighter than a concrete deck making it faster to lift and move. The fully assembled bridge also was easy to move by crane.
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