Innovative arches support Maine bridge

10/13/2009 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Arches made of carbon and glass-fiber fabric are the support system for the Neal Bridge in Pittsfield, Maine. Designed by engineers at the University of Maine, the bridge combines composite and conventional materials. Researchers are now monitoring the $600,000 bridge with deflection sensors. At this point, researchers say it is withstanding daily traffic.

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