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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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