In this episode of The Structural Engineering Channel podcast, we talk to Steven Nolan, P.E., a bridge engineer at the Florida Department of Transportation. Steven talks about the Halls River Bridge project (HRB project), which is a project that was recently constructed in Florida that displayed 12 items that were the first of a kind for a bridge. Many of these firsts were related to new and innovative materials and technology.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Steven in This Episode:
- Can you provide us with an overview of the Halls River Bridge project?
- Could you please tell us about the funding of the project?
- Was it mostly the Hybrid-Composite Beams (HCB) that were used during the replacement, or were carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) bars and stirrups also used?
- What are the advantages of using CFRP and GFRP instead of the epoxy coating rebar?
- From a design perspective, what does using a new material entail?
- Are you expecting maintenance on this type of bridge?
- What were the construction challenges you had on this project?