Rutgers Technology Bridges

Scotland Vertech Bridge DSC_0054River Tweed (Scotland)

Sicut Enterprises built its first Vertech Bridge in Scotland, using 50 tonnes of plastic waste, which otherwise would have gone to landfill.  The 27 metre road bridge was specifically designed to European Standards and to withstand 44 tonne loads.  Built across the picturesque John Buchan Way, the bridge was prefabricated off-site and assembled in four days.

Bridge Length: Three individual spans of 9m, total length of 20m
Bridge Width: 3.6m wide
Vertech Profiles Used: 457mm I-beams, 305mm I-beams, 76mm x 305mm boards, 76mm x 254mm T&G boards,178mm x 229mm plastic sleepers, 102mm x 102mm handrail posts.

Fort Bragg P1010204Fort Bragg (USA)

Two complete composite bridges were built at Fort Bragg Army Base in 2010 using structural components made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies to replace dilapidated wooden bridges with a load limitation of 4.7 tonnes.  Both bridges were designed to withstand M-1 tanks exceeding 70 tonnes, and in the process, our patented products consumed over 38 tonnes of plastic waste which would have gone to landfill.  Pilings were driven to 20m without any mushrooming.

Bridge Length: Three individual spans of 3.8m, total length of 11.5m
Bridge Width: 5m wide
Vertech Profiles Used: 305mm diameter piles, 457mm I-beams, 76mm x 305mm boards, 152mm x 152mm handrail posts.

Bridge L1030614Fort Eustis (USA)

The 130 tonne load rated Train Bridge at Fort Eustis, used a range of composite products within the structure.  All of the pilings, I-beams, boards and railway sleepers were made using the Rutgers Technology, and constructed to a very cost-competitive specification.  Two bridges were built and tested with flatbed, switcher and trains travelling at 5mph, 15mph and 25mph, with the deflection measured within acceptable limits.

Bridge Length:  10m & 26m
Bridge Width: 3.6m wide
Vertech Profiles Used: 457mm I-beams, 305mm I-beams, 254mm x 254mm Ecotrax Sleepers, 76mm x 305mm boards, 76mm x 254mm boards

BoardsDSCN1328Board Walk Timber Ridge Forest Preserve (USA)

The boardwalk was assembled using a range of composite board profiles over wetlands in a forest preserve.  A key feature of our material is the little requirement for maintenance and the non-degradation of the material.  Compared to timber, using composite products saves time, money and is recyclable after use.

Bridge Length: 72m
Vertech Profiles Used: 178mm x 299mm Posts, 76mm x 305mm boards, 102mm x 102mm Curbs, 51mm x 102mm boards, 51mm x 152mm boards.

Wharton State ForestWharton State Forest, New Jersey (USA)

The Wharton State Forest Bridge was the first bridge designed and constructed, using an interlocking I-beam substructure made using the Rutgers Technologies.  Tongue and groove composite decking boards and composite pilings were used to distribute point loads to neighbouring boards and to increase the maximum load capability to 33 tonnes.

Bridge Length: 16.76m, with 3m abutments each side
Bridge Weight: 13.6 tonnes
Vertech Profiles Used: I-beams, boards, T&G boards and Pilings

Fort LeonardFort Leonard Wood (USA)

The Fort Leonard Wood Bridge, made using the Rutgers and Polywood Technologies, used some 5,900 kg of waste plastics, equivalent to approximately 78,000 3.8-liter high-density polyethylene (HDPE) milk jugs and 335,000 237-milliliter molded polystyrene coffee cups that otherwise would have been destined for landfills.  The original bridge was primarily used for pedestrian traffic; the replacement composite bridge was designed to carry light vehicular traffic of over 30 tonnes.  The bridge was built in 1998, and and has paid for its self in maintenance savings alone in the first 7 years.

Bridge Length: 7.6 metres
Bridge Width: 7.8 metres
Vertech Profiles Used: Posts, 76mm x 305mm boards

Fort BelvoirFort Belvoir (USA)

The pedestrian bridge at Fort Belvoir was the first bridge application to use the Rutgers Technologies.  The bridge comprised of composite boards, posts and girders to build the load bearing substructure.

BalitimoreNew Baltimore, New York (USA)

The New Baltimore Vechicle Bridge was the first bridge to be constructed using an arch-truss design.  The minimum loading rating of 9 tonnes was achieved through the use of composite I-beams, allowing the bridge to achieve a load rating of 13.6 tonnes, with a maximum deflection of only 30.5 mm.