Composite Arch Bridges
The Composite Arch Bridge System, commonly known as Bridge In A Backpack®, has been used in 23 bridges in the US and beyond. This technology accelerates bridge construction time, reduces life cycle costs, and has received top industry recognition.
The Composite Arch Bridge System has received the following rewards:
- 2011 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- 2011 Engineering Excellence Awards by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
- 2010 Most Creative Product Award by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)
- Composite Arch Bridge System (Youtube)
The Composite Arch Bridge System is a lightweight, corrosion-resistant system for short to medium span bridge construction. The system uses FRP composite arch tubes which act as reinforcement and formwork for cast-in-place concrete. The arches are easily transportable, rapidly deployable, and do not require the heavy equipment or large crews needed to handle the weight of traditional construction materials.
The patented FRP system has been tested with advanced structural characterization, predictive modeling, and fatigue testing. Additionally, with environmental durability tests for UV, fire, and abrasion resistance were conducted.
Our innovative composite bridge system:
- Coincides with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) code
- Lowers construction costs
- Extends structural lifespan up to 100 years
- Serves as a sustainable alternative to traditional construction methods
- Features designs that are engineered to exceed AASHTO load standards for single span bridges from 20 feet to over 65 feet
Advanced Infrastructure Technologies is a privately held company licensed by the University of Maine to produce these bridges.
Selection of Composite Arch Bridge Projects Completed by Advanced Infrastructure Technologies:
Lagrange, ME – Completed 2012-2013
36.0’ Span, 13 Arches
Ellsworth, ME – Completed 2012-2013
34.3’ Span, 11 Arches
Farm Access Overpass in Caribou, ME – Completed 2011
54.0’ Span, 22 Arches
Fitchburg, MA – Completed 2011
37.5’ Span, 15 Arches
Royal River Bridge in Auburn, ME – Completed 2010
38.0’ Span, 13 Arches
Perkins Bridge in Belfast, ME – Completed 2010
48.0’ Span, 16 Arches
Jenkins Bridge in Bradley, ME – Completed 2010
28.5’ Span, 14 Arches
McGee Bridge in Anson, ME – Completed 2009
28.0’ Span, 9 Arches