Overlays: A Great Use for Polymer Concrete

  • David W. Fowler
  • David P. Whitney
Conference paper


Polymer concrete (PC) overlays have been successfully used since the 1970s primarily by transportation agencies on bridges. Polymers used for overlays have seen significant improvements, and the current overlays have proven to be durable, skid resistant, and cost-effective. Over 2400 overlays had been installed by 2009, and overlays are a standard bridge protection system by departments of transportation based on an extensive survey of US and Canadian provinces. Slurry, multiple-layer, and premixed overlays are the most widely used. Epoxies are the most widely used resins. Many states have published specifications on the construction of overlays.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TexasAustinUSA

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