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Construction

January 2008
Polymer laminated (coated) Stay-In-Place metal forms have been approved for construction of bridge decks in moderately and extremely aggressive environments.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

  

       
       
       

Polymer laminated (coated) Stay-In-Place metal forms have been approved for construction of bridge decks in moderately and extremely aggressive environments.

The Department has recently approved polymer laminated (coated) metal stay-in-place (SIP) bridge deck forms for use in moderately and extremely aggressive environments and their use will reduce the overall cost of constructing bridges.  Contractors will now have the option of using SIP forms for constructing bridge decks that span salt water environments as well as other previously prohibited environments.  Revision of Standard Specification 400-5.7, SIP Metal Forms, to allow the use of coated forms is in the final stages and is expected to be implemented on projects with July 2008 letting dates.   

Between now and July 2008, Contractors who wish to use coated SIP forms on new or ongoing projects may request to do so.  This will require a no cost supplemental agreement to change the specification which must be approved by the FDOT State Construction Office.  The final version of the specification is not complete but a draft version that can be obtained from the FDOT State Construction Office is acceptable for use in the SA document.   

Direct questions about this matter to Steven Plotkin, Construction Structures Engineer, (904-360-5501).

 

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