Longest clamped FRP bridge: 37 meters
FiberCore has been commissioned by the Province of Noord-Brabant (The Netherlands) to build a bicycle bridge that is part of the Gemert Noord-Om project that is being carried out by BAM Infra. From the end of 2017, the Noord-Om will form the link between the N605 and the N272 that runs southeast of Gemert. Sustainability and innovation go hand in hand here. In addition to a special 3D-printed bicycle bridge and a retracted roundabout, the newest road is the longest clamped FRP bridge under the name Lieve Vrouwesteeg: 37 meters of free span in one piece and a minimum construction height. The bridge was produced at FiberCore including handrails and wear-resistant “prefab”.
The longest prefab FRP bridges in the world were installed in Bruges in Bruges in 2019; these two bicycle / pedestrian bridges have a length of 42 meters.
“The installation went extremely smoothly,” says Rob Leenders, project manager at BAM Infra. “Because the bridge only weighs 26 tonnes, we were able to install it at lightning speed, in half a day, without inconvenience to local residents.” BAM Infra notes that provinces are increasingly demanding both innovative and sustainable solutions for the construction of new infrastructure. “The use of new materials or new technologies is appreciated and we are happy to play a role in that,” says Leenders.