The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently received a Sweet 16 Transportation Through Excellence Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. They received this award thanks to a bridge development program through which the state's bridges will benefit from a new repair method developed at the University of Connecticut, using ultra-high performance concrete.
Through this process, the steel girders of the the bridge will be cast in advanced concrete. The project is expected to cut down the time, cost, and lane closures that are currently associated with repairing bridges:
“When tested in the lab, this repair method actually made the corrosion-damaged girder stronger than an intact girder,” says Arash Zaghi, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, who led the research.