Vertech® Bridges are manufactured to meet client demands and can be designed to the requirements of the latest Eurocode specifications, with recent train and HGV bridges made using this technology designed to 130 and 44 tonne load ratings. Vertech® bridging adopts a simple supported span design, using thermoplastic composite I-beams cross fitted with thermoplastic composite decking planks and composite hand rails. The natural dark grey of our material gives the completed bridge a sympathetic fit into the surrounding area. Vertech® Bridges can often be pre-built and installed within days, minimising disruption to the owner, and reducing costs associated with bridge closure, labour and equipment hire.
Our products are made from recycled plastic waste and are non-corrosive, impervious to moisture and non-chemical leaching. They possess superior lifecycles and have greater durability than competitive products made from wood, steel or concrete and are recyclable after use. They are virtually impervious to the elements; will not rust, splinter, crumble, rot, absorb moisture or leach toxic chemicals into the environment, and are completely impervious to infestation by insects. At the same time our material is lightweight and requires significantly less maintenance, providing a significant reduction in transportation, handling and overhead costs.
Building bridge structures made from recycled material saves tons of plastic bottles and waste from going to landfill, our oceans or being sent abroad.
“This thermoplastic bridge, able to withstand heavy loads with little to no maintenance, expected to last at least 50 years, is no longer the bridge of the future – it’s the bridge for today. This technology is not only good for [the military], but should be immediately transferred to state departments of transportation for use with short-span bridges wherever possible.” Daniel J. Dunmire, Director of Office of the Secretary of Defense
“The Army estimates that [it] will receive a 34 to 1 return on investment by using this technology. This bridge is less expensive to build than its alternative, it provides greater corrosion resistance, and it’s practically maintenance free.” Dr. Roger Hammerlinck, Department of Defence
“With so much pressure on rural businesses, this technology innovation will dramatically reduce the annual maintenance burden previously faced.” Robert Balfour, Dawyck Estates Ltd.