Lawrence Tech researchers seek better ways to build bridges

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Testing at Lawrence Technological University on the limits of ultra-high-performance concrete could bring major changes to the way highway bridges are built in states with cold climates.

LTU’s Dean of Engineering Nabil Grace and his research team are studying alternative materials for the Michigan Department of Transportation and the state transportation agencies of Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. LTU was awarded a three-year, $349,000 contract in 2012 through the pooled fund of the Federal Highway Administration to evaluate alternative materials and new approaches to building highway bridges.

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