This City of Rotterdam is Replacing Old Bridges with New Plastic Ones

By: Katherine Pendrill - Mar 23, 2016
References: fastcoexist
The Dutch city of Rotterdam is currently embarking on an initiative that involves installing plastic bridges throughout the city. While Rotterdam has already made headlines for its roads made from recycled plastic, now the city is looking for ways to use the material to solve a different infrastructure issue.

The new project involves replacing the city's worn out bridges with plastic instead of concrete, wood or steel. The new bridges are made from a fiber-reinforced polymer material that is lightweight and easy to assemble. As a result, the plastic bridges can be built in just one day instead of the three weeks it takes to assemble a wood or steel bridge. Plastic also takes less energy to produce than steel or concrete, making it an eco-friendly option. Additionally, the fact that the plastic bridges can last up to 100 years instead of just 25 to 30 reduces the need for frequent repairs and replacements.

The new initiative demonstrates how cities can tackle the issue of aging infrastructure by turning to unconventional building materials.