Study of Cross-Laminated Timbers for Highway Bridge Usage Underway

The use of cross-laminated timbers in exterior and partition walls, floors and roofs continues to gain popularity around the world. Could it be used for highway bridges too? Junwon Seo, an associate professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at SDSU and chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers Timber Bridges Committee, is about to find out. Seo has received a $375,700 award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service through its Wood Innovations Grant Program. The figure includes $125,700 of in-kind contributions and will study the use of cross-laminated timber on a low-volume vehicle bridge.

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