“The unique girder shape was designed to be nesting and stackable. As a result, three to four bridges can be transported on a single flatbed. This bridge system continues the University of Maine’s commitment to be a world leader in developing advanced, innovative solutions to address our nation’s infrastructure challenges. We thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for sponsoring the research work,” said Dagher.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King also issued a joint statement about the bridge system test:

“We are delighted to see the University of Maine preparing to test yet another important innovation on July 12,” they said. “Maine, New England, and our nation need innovative technologies that will accelerate bridge construction, reduce traffic disruptions, increase the lifespan of infrastructure, and decrease costs to the taxpayer. The private sector partners and DOT officials attending the test will help to ensure that such critical technologies are quickly brought to market. As longtime supporters of UMaine R&D, we applaud the University for its continued leadership in transportation and infrastructure innovation.”

For more information, visit https://composites.umaine.edu.