Leri Footbridge Built with Strongwell’s Lightweight, Corrosion Resistant FRP

Strongwell distributor and fabricator Pipex Structural Composites selected EXTREN® structural shapes, SAFPLATE® gritted plate and SAFPLANK® interlocking decking system for use in a 260 foot (80M) pedestrian footbridge over the River Leri in Wales, United Kingdom.

Pipex supplied and fabricated the footbridge for Network Rail. The footbridge provides a safe means to cross the River Leri alongside an existing railway crossing.

The use of Strongwell’s lightweight fiberglass components afforded Pipex the ability to fabricate the bridge in sections. Eleven sections of the footbridge were assembled and load tested at the Pipex fabrication facility in Plymouth, U.K., over an 18 week period. The largest section was 40 foot(12M) long and weighed 6,000 lbs.(2800kg), facilitating installation by roadrailer from the adjacent railway.