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Improving Connectivity: Innovative Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Structures for Wildlife, Bicyclists, and/or Pedestrians

Started: July, 2019 End Date: June, 2021 Project ID #4W7860 Status: Ongoing


The proposed research will identify cost-sensitive and environmentally friendly fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials and systems suitable for bridge superstructure elements that can be used for both wildlife and bike/ped crossings.  The project will seek to develop a system whereby the foundation and the FRP superstructure is interchangeable with different treatments of decking that specifically addresses the needs of wildlife, bicyclists and/or pedestrians. This research will reduce the impact of wildlife collisions in rural areas and improve motorist safety through the use of innovative FRP materials for the superstructure of the bridge. The modularity of FRP bridges will also make safer travel for bicyclists and pedestrians.


Sponsors & Partners

  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Sponsor
  • Montana State University Sponsor
  • ARC Solutions Sponsor

Part of: Mobility and Public Transportation, Road Ecology, WTI-SURTCOM, Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM)

Project Tagged In: animal-vehicle collisions, habitat connectivity, bike-ped, Fiber-reinforced polymer

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