How to Keep Bridges in Tip Top Condition in Winter

car driving on frozen bridge

Watch out! Bridges are highly dangerous as they always freeze before roads do. This ice threat is a clear and present danger due to the way a bridge is constructed: the top, under surface and both sides of the bridge are affected by air exposure, unlike a normal road which is only affected by air on its top surface. Because of this huge difference between roads and bridges, whenever the temperature plummets, bridges become colder and amass ice and snow quicker.

The most frightening aspect of all is that drivers do not expect this: when they travel at top speed on a clear or damp road and suddenly come to a bridge, they carry on at the same speed because they are unaware of the harmful consequences. Crossing an icy bridge at full speed is an invitation to lose control, slide uncontrollably, and end up in an accident. This can set off a cascade reaction involving other vehicles both large and small, as their drivers may also lose control. The result often means needless injuries and fatalities.

Fortunately, this invisible danger can be counteracted by non-traditional, cutting-edge state-of-the-art bridge systems. The renowned hard wearing Traffideck system which is put in place to waterproof and generate an anti-slip impact-resistant surface for bridges is engineered to withstand huge volumes of traffic. Traffideck is used as an environmentally friendly liquid-spray, has an odourless finish, and results in a waterproof elastomeric layer. Unlike traditional systems, the application of Traffideck is very fast, causing minimal disruption and road closure. The very successful Thorgrip anti-slip surface system is employed in order to ensure superior safety levels for both pedestrians and vehicles. Thorgrip also offers an excellent service life which will last many years whilst boasting low maintenance requirements and a low startup cost.

In summary, it is all too easy to take driving on bridges for granted simply because they look sturdy, and driving on the road before the bridge is trouble-free. But the risks and hazards are very serious indeed, and all bridges need to be fortified with a secure, protective and stable surface.

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