Transportation Research Board releases study on innovative materials, technologies for bridge construction

According to a study released by the Transportation Research Board, innovative materials and technologies, such as fiber-reinforced polymer composites and high-performance concrete, are reducing bridge maintenance, life-cycle costs, and construction time, the Engineering News-Record reports.

The study reportedly analyzed the performance of close to 400 construction and repair projects in 20 states, including approximately 150 bridge projects, between 1999 and 2005 through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program (IBRC).