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Canada Changes Bridge Construction Standards
New road bridges in Canada will be built using corrosion resistant reinforcing stainless steel in their construction under new standard.
In a move to reduce maintenance load, lifecycle costs and bridge safety on Canada‘s road network, the Alberta Ministry of Transportation has specified the use of ASTM A1035 Corrosion Resistant Reinforcing Steel in the construction of its road bridges.
The use of stainless steel in such applications has been deemed necessary in Alberta after conducting research which showed significantly improved resistance to corrosion using uncoated stainless steel rather than epoxy coated rebar.
MMFX, a US steel supplier, stated that the range of corrosion-resistant reinforcing steel they supply meets the 100-year lifetime expectation which is specified in many Canadian bridge construction project specifications under the new ruling.