Composite Arch Bridges

The Composite Arch Bridge System, commonly known as Bridge-In-A-BackpackTM,  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.

Awards received:

  • 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)

2016 Composite Arch Bridge Installation Map

 

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The Composite Arch Bridge System, known as Bridge-In-A-BackpackTM, 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.

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Selection of Composite Arch Bridge Projects Completed by by Advanced Infrastructure Technologies:

Lagrange, ME – Completed 2012-2013
36.0’ Span, 13 Arches

Lagrange, ME - 2012-2013 36.0’ Span, 13 Arches

 

Ellsworth, ME – Completed 2012-2013
34.3’ Span, 11 Arches

ellsworth-bridge-1

 

Farm Access Overpass in Caribou, ME – Completed 2011
54.0’ Span, 22 Arches

20131120 Caribou Finished (5)

 

Fitchburg, MA – Completed 2011
37.5’ Span, 15 Arches

FitchburgAfter

 

Royal River Bridge in Auburn, ME – Completed 2010
38.0’ Span, 13 Arches

Royal River Bridge in Auburn, ME - 2010

 

Perkins Bridge in Belfast, ME – Completed 2010
48.0’ Span, 16 Arches

Belfast-Bridge

 

Jenkins Bridge in Bradley, ME – Completed 2010
28.5’ Span, 14 Arches

Bradley winter (1) copy

 

McGee Bridge in Anson, ME – Completed 2009
28.0’ Span, 9 Arches

20090919 McGee - Finished (47)