Plastic Bridge being Built in Anderson Township

CINCINNATI  - A plastic bridge is taking shape in a Cincinnati suburb, promising a longer life than a conventional concrete-and-steel bridge.

The 22-foot span in Anderson Township is made of composite deck and beams molded into single panels and held together with epoxy.

It won't be corroded or prone to cracking or salt damage because it has no joints between its deck and beams.

The bridge cost $740,000, funded by a federal grant.

While composites have been used in decks and other construction for a decade, they are expensive compared with concrete and steel.

The bridge should open in a few weeks.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press)