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Bridge Construction

Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) Integrated Bridge System (IBS)

GRS-IBS is a form accelerated bridge construction (ABC) that lowers cost, slashes construction time, improves durability, and increases safety - all at the same time. For budget-challenged Federal, State, and local transportation agencies, that is a life-saver.

GRS-IBS technology uses alternating layers of compacted granular fill material and fabric sheets of geotextile reinforcement to provide support for the bridge. GRS-IBS also provides a smooth transition from the bridge onto the roadway, and alleviates the "bump at the bridge" caused by uneven settlement between the bridge and approaching roadway. The technology offers unique advantages in the construction of small bridges, including:

  • Reduced construction time and cost, with costs reduced 25 to 60 percent from conventional construction methods.
  • Easy to build with common equipment and materials; easy to maintain because of fewer parts.
  • Flexible design that's easily modified in the field for unforeseen site conditions, including utilities, obstructions, existing structures, variable soil conditions, and weather.

Learn more about GRS-IBS at EDC

GRS process step 1: Lay a row of facing blocks.

Updated: 08/20/2013
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