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Innovative Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Structures for Wildlife Crossings

Started: April, 2020 End Date: October, 2021 Project ID #4W8317 Status: Ongoing

Objective

The overall objectives of this research project are to identify cost sensitive and environmentally friendly FRP materials and use them in the design of the continent’s first FRP wildlife crossing.

Abstract

There are no known FRP wildlife overpasses in North America at this time. The overall objectives of this research project are to identify cost sensitive and environmentally friendly FRP materials and use them in the design of the continent’s first FRP wildlife crossing. This structure can then be adapted for use in other locations across North America and will lead to innovation for bicycle and pedestrian crossings over roads. The development and deployment of a structural prototype by this project will help provide technical information that is sorely lacking for such a promising technology. The prototype is proposed for implementation in California in partnership with Caltrans.

The project is organized into four tasks: 1) identify and select FRP manufacturers and materials that will contribute to efficient and cost-effective bridge structures; 2) investigate and perform a preliminary design of up to three different wildlife overpass structures using different FRP applications and assure they can meet Caltrans’ structural specifications and address wildlife’s needs; 3) evaluate the implementation of the selected FRP wildlife overpass structure via cost-benefit, construction and life-cycle metrics; and, 4) disseminate the results, recommendations and conclusions of the investigation.

Contacts

Sponsors & Partners

  • Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) Sponsor

Part of: Road Ecology, Wildlife, Infrastructure Longevity and Sustainability

Project Tagged In: wildlife crossing structures

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