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How Are Bridges Repaired and Rehabilitated?

How Are Bridges Repaired and Rehabilitated?

According to an article published by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), some shocking data was uncovered about the longevity of our bridges throughout the United States. About 54,259 bridges of the 612,677 in the United States are considered “structurally deficient.” However, many of these bridges are still in operation and open to daily commuters.

This is where we come in, because UNIQUE Paving Materials has been serving counties across the U.S. in bridge repair and bridge rehabilitation for many years through the use of our effective products.

Read on below to find out about the methods that go into a bridge rehabilitation project and the varied products we offer that can make a difference.

Bridge Repair Methods

Methods of bridge repair vary based on the size, material makeup, and equipment needed for the project. Some of these rehabilitation methods integrate technology to expedite the process, making the repair process more efficient. Some of these methods and key considerations of any bridge rehabilitation project include:

  • Substructure replacement – Substructures typically consist of wood, steel, or concrete. Each of these materials fall subject to deterioration over time through natural wear and tear. Experts can analyze these structures to determine if they are suffering a loss of weight-bearing capacity and what the root cause of the issue may be. Replacement via new materials may be the best approach for substructures.
  • Superstructure replacement – A bridge’s superstructure as a whole can also be analyzed by experts to determine if a bridge has major structural damage and needs to be completely shut down to public traffic. Superstructure replacements are normally performed with concrete slabs.
  • Deck rehabilitation – If a bridge is suffering from 20% deck spalling or delamination then it’s time to be replaced. Deck rehabilitation with overlays is best used in certain instances. Some of these include repairing the primary rebar layer, making bridge decks continuous, and economical repair tactics that minimally disrupt daily traffic.

If you are looking to start your next bridge rehabilitation project, large or small, turn to the experts at UNIQUE Paving Materials. Companies and municipalities use our products to help make roads and bridges safer every day.

Different Ways to Preserve a Bridge

Patch Holes in Your Asphalt Bridge

Looking for an easy and convenient way to fix cracks and holes as part of your bridge maintenance? UNIQUE Paving Materials offers a KOLD-FLO® pourable crack filler as the ideal way to execute a quick asphalt repair for bridges. As a modified asphalt emulsion crack sealer and filler, this product gives you effective results for exposed cracks.

For information regarding applications of our KOLD-FLO products, feel free to explore our KOLD-FLO Crack Filler Instructions to learn more about how our product applies to pavement repair for bridges.

Sealcoat Your Pavement for Bridge Pavement Repair and Protection

UNIQUE’s INTEGRA-SEAL® Asphalt Sealer is the perfect solution for making the finishing touches to a bridge’s asphalt surface. Once you apply the pavement repair material for bridges, you will be able to apply the non-coal-tar-based sealcoat, a product that guarantees no further pollution to our groundwater systems.

On top of that, our sealer is an easy-application product that guarantees increased durability and the superior adhesion your bridge repairs require.

Stop the Cracks at the Start with Pavement Preservation

The best way to sustain a sturdy, level bridge is to preserve the asphalt from the start. Before using a sealcoat for your bridge pavement repair and protection, UNIQUE Paving Materials offers a KWIK-LOK® Pavement Primer specifically designed to lock down chemical stains, oil, and other contaminants found on concrete and asphalt bridges prior to the sealing process. For optimal application and appearance, it is important to remove any existing oil or chemical stains from the surface.

After completing the priming process, our KWIK-LOK Pavement Primer pairs seamlessly with our INTEGRA-SEAL Asphalt Sealer to provide the strongest protection against future cracks, as well as the potential risk of alligator pavement.

Other Products Used for Bridge Rehabilitation

The UNIQUE Paving Materials team is ready to supply you with premium, reliable products to aid in your bridge repair work. Some of the asphalt and concrete repair products that our team supplies include:

If you are unsure of which of our specialized repair products is best suited for your road repair needs, request a free sample today.

In Need of More Helpful Tips? Check Out Our Blog!

Whether it’s posting about how bridge rehabilitations work or the best products to use for various services, here at UNIQUE Paving Materials we’ve got all the information you need!

Some of our recent blog posts include the following:

We are happy to help answer any questions you might have about our blog posts or any services you might be interested in!

Contact UNIQUE Paving Materials to Learn More!

We are your go-to resource when you have a question regarding bridge repairs and rehabilitations, along with many other applications as well. Get in touch with us and we’ll be sure to help assess your needs and deliver the best results!

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Becky Dunlavey

With over 10 years of experience, I wear many hats at UNIQUE Paving Materials. In addition to managing our multimedia marketing efforts and coordinating trade shows and regional events, working with the sales and customer service departments has allowed me to gain a multifaceted knowledge of the industry.

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