What Is a Temporary Bridge?

Temporary bridges are prefabricated crossing devices made of beams and platforms that can be conveniently installed on a range of job sites. Temporary bridges can be arranged in a wide variety configurations in order to fit different locations. The main purpose of temporary bridges is to create a passageway for vehicles, pedestrians, and/or heavy equipment. As the name suggests, temporary bridges are not meant to be permanent, but rather function as a makeshift bridge during construction projects, events, or other short-term applications. Temporary bridges can be uninstalled and reused once a project is complete.

Temporary Bridge Manufacturers

The most dominant temporary bridge manufacturers are Acrow, Mabey and Bailey Bridges.

Acrow Modular Bridges

Acrow is a brand that makes temporary modular bridges for use on excavation, construction and drilling sites. The bridges are used to divert traffic around worksites and to enable access for heavy equipment, workers, and vehicles. Rather than offering multiple types of bridge configurations, Acrow’s modular bridge system creates temporary and permanent bridges, lift bridges, detour bridges, extractive bridges, pedestrian bridges, and more.

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Mabey Bridges

Mabey is a temporary bridge brand that makes several types of temporary site access bridges, though each of their styles can be made permanent with modifications. Such types include the Mabey Compact 200, the Mabey Atlas Bridge, and the Mabey Pedestrian Bridge.

• The Mabey Compact 200 is the brand’s most popular model. This modular bridge can be installed temporarily or as a permanent solution for up to two lanes of traffic, plus external footpaths.

• The Mabey Atlas Bridge is often used to lessen traffic congestion for up to two lanes, though it can also be used to create access roads.

• The Mabey Pedestrian Bridge uses the same modular components as the Compact 200, but it can be placed in an array of different widths to maximize pedestrian safety.

Bailey Bridges

The Bailey Bridge was one of the first ever temporary bridges. It was constructed during World War II and intended for military use. It was designed so that each of the bridge’s parts, such as the wood and steel, would be small and light enough to carry by truck and place by hand.

When To Use a Temporary Bridge

Temporary bridges are ideal when accelerated bridge construction is required. Since temporary bridges are delivered in prefabricated modules rather than individual parts, it dramatically reduces the time needed to install the bridge.

Other factors that may benefit from the use of temporary bridges include site conditions, manpower, safety, environmental impacts, and emergency replacement needs. Every project is unique and should be evaluated when considering temporary bridges.

Temporary Bridge Size Options

Temporary bridges come in a wide range of size options, from large overpass walkways to smaller box girder structures. The larger models typically measure between one and three meters wide and four to 24 meters long. These structures are vital for use in urban environments when normal pedestrian routes must be closed since they result in minimal disruption to people’s daily routines. Temporary vehicular bridges can also be installed where normal roadways have been blocked.

Temporary Bridge Installation Time

The time it takes to install a temporary bridge depends upon the size of the bridge and the layout of the installation site. Smaller bridges can sometimes be installed by a single person, but larger bridges will require a team and lifting equipment. More complex pedestrian structures such as the temporary overpass bridge may require more specialized machinery.

Selling Used Temporary Bridges

Due to their durability and longevity, temporary bridges can be uninstalled and resold once a project is complete. Selling your used temporary bridge is an excellent way to recoup some of your original investment. Eiffel Trading’s online marketplace has many active buyers looking to purchase used temporary bridges.

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Purchasing Used Temporary Bridges with Eiffel Trading

Purchasing used temporary bridges is an excellent way to save money on your upcoming project. Eiffel Trading has an active marketplace of used temporary bridge sellers, and listings are updated continuously. Our platform also allow you to create a free wanted listing to bring relevant sellers directly to you.

Buy and Sell with Eiffel Trading

Our marketplace at Eiffel Trading was created for contractors to buy and sell used materials and equipment. Our current inventory includes All of our used temporary bridges, used crane access trestle, used concrete formwork, and so much more.

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