ComBAR® Project Highlightsfrom Lena Helmts
Spring and summer have been some very busy months for us and we would like to highlight a few projects which incorporated ComBAR® glass fibre reinforced polymer rebar.
The most scenic construction site is just behind the Niagara Falls.
The Niagara Parks Commission is creating a new attraction, The Ice Bridge, which will allow people to walk out behind the falls and watch the incredible force of water before the drop over the falls. ComBAR® was used in the slab and barrier walls. We were able to meet the tight construction schedule by working closely with the rebar supplier and contractor and we were also able to bend some of the large radius bends on site.
In the Northwestern part of Ontario, ComBAR® was used in 3 bridges: Bug River bridge, Big Firesteel bridge and Beaver Creek bridge.
As part of the Highway 11/17 widening program, MTO is using pre-cast elements to accelerate construction. ComBAR® was used in the prestressed girders and curbs as well as and sleeper slabs.
We have been super busy this year. Projects that have started and some that have finished this year are WEP B2, B4, B5, B6 and B12 Bridges (5 structures), B13 Curbs, Little Creek Bridge, Tower Street Bridge, MTO 2012-2036 Winona, Greys and Fruitland Bridge (3 structures), Weber Street Bridge, MTO 2013-4028 County road 45 with and few more on the line that have been promised to us to be finished this year.
It has been exciting to see the acceptance of ComBAR through our distribution network. Our future looks great and promising for advancement in our marketplace. You can read more about how we continue to invest on further researching ComBAR® properties and applications, as well as collaborating with research institutions. We look forward to next year when we should see how the Ministry will replace the use of epoxy steel rebar. This could bring on a explosive development in the GFRP industry.
In closing, we would like to thank all our partners, friends and colleagues that have allowed us the chance to prove that we are on the right track for Canada to succeed in the non corrosive reinforcement industry.