Freyssinet has recently been registered by Highways England for modular highway expansion joints. The Freyssimod LW modular (multi-element) expansion joint developed by the company is described as easy to install, durable and excellent for use in heavy traffic. The product has been approved for use on projects by Highways England.
These expansion joints are an essential part any reinforced concrete, pre-stressed or steel structure. The joints are particularly important for bridge decks as they absorb the movements while also accommodating for any shrinkage, creep effects and changes in temperature that can be experienced by the structure.
Highways England works to operate, maintain and improve England’s motorways and Major A roads. With the recent registration of their modular expansion joint, Freyssinet has further improved their reputation as the civil engineering company’s position as a leading expansion joint specialist that offers the widest range of approved expansion joints in the UK. The Highways England approval that has been granted covers the traditional expansion joints that are developed by the company as well as the use of galvanisation used to help extend the life of the joint.
The team at Freyssinet has said that they are incredibly pleased to have managed to achieve the Highways England registration, especially during a crucial period in the lifespan of a large number of modular joints in different structures across the UK. Most of these types of joints have now been in place for nearly 40 years and are now in need of replacement, which Freyssinet’s newly registered joints could be used for. The range of Freyssinet’s expansion joints incorporates a wide range of different requirements such as traffic frequency and movement range in order to improve driver comfort and resistance to aggressive elements such as gravel, salt, sand etc. and selecting the right type of joint is vital.