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The Importance of Expansion Joints on Concrete Bridge Decks

Posted by Brock Peterson on Jun 12, 2018 9:43:24 AM

Expansion joints are vital to the life of a bridge itself and must be correctly installed and maintained in order to function properly. The two major causes of joint failure are improper installation and insufficient maintenance of the joint. Oftentimes, when dirt, dust or other types of debris build-up in and around these joints (caused by traffic and environmental conditions), the joints lose their ability to expand and contract with the structure, rendering them less effective. When this happens, the reduced flexibility will result in cracking or distortion/crushing of the joint material, compromising the entire bridge’s structural integrity.

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Topics: Expansion Joints, Bridge and Highway

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