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Epoxy Polymer Concrete from E-Chem Used in Award-Winning Bridge Design January 17 2022

2022 Lucintel Composites Market Insights, January 17, 2022

EPC, or Epoxy Polymer Concrete from E-Chem LLC, has been utilized in a new construction project in New Mexico, and an impressive design at that. This year, one of the five projects showcased in this prestigious awards presentation (held during the 2021 ASBI Convention in November) was the US 54 Canadian River Bridge Project south of Logan, New Mexico. The Canadian River Bridge is New Mexico’s first cast-in-place segmental bridge, and the first bridge project where epoxy polymer concrete overlay was included in the design of a new construction project in the state. Epoxy Polymer Concrete, or EPC, has fast become the favored option for bridge deck repair and restoration projects, displacing legacy polyester options, but the Canadian River Bridge project demonstrated EPC's viability in new construction as well. The US 54 bridge deck will benefit from a waterproof deck surface that prevents chemical intrusion and boasts a surface life of 25 years, and additional benefits were recognized during the planning and construction of this award-winning structure.
In the summer of 2021, five outstanding examples of segmental concrete bridge construction were selected as recipients of the ASBI Award of Excellence. Projects were judged by the ASBI panel according to innovation of design and/or construction, rapidity of construction, aesthetics and/or harmonization with the surrounding environment, cost competitiveness, and minimization of construction impact on the traveling public. All concrete segmental or cable-supported bridges located within the 50 United States and completed between January 1, 2019 and August 1, 2021 were eligible, and International projects involving ASBI members were also given consideration.