Caltrans is negotiating with a Martin Marietta Materials Inc.-led team on a project to make six fiber-reinforced-plastic panels to replace open-grated steel units on about 10 percent of the Schuyler Heim Bridge in Long Beach.
The California Transportation Department in Sacramento has been discussing and configuring this experimental project since early 1996. FRP technology may be applied to other open bridge decks, if the project is successful.
Other members of the Raleigh, N.C.-based Martin Marietta team include Lockheed Martin Co.'s advanced technology center in Palo Alto, Calif.; fabricator Acme Fiberglass Inc. of Hayward, Calif.; and pultruder Glasforms Inc. of San Jose, Calif.
Caltrans expects the work to cost less than $1 million and be completed within a year.