A Bridge Joint is an engineered space between segments of a bridge allowing for horizontal and vertical movement. Bridge temperatures change more rapidly than road temperatures, and experience higher deflection at the joint while the two pavement surfaces expand and contract at different rates.
Without bridge joints, the two different pavements would begin to destroy each other; even damaging the actual bridge structure as well. To prevent water and debris from entering bridge joints, they need to be sealed with an air-tight, waterproof, and flexible material.
Joints, in contrast to cracks, do not develop by deterioration but instead are built by design. Pavements are known to crack as they age, therefore joints are created when the pavement is constructed to control where cracking may occur.
Bridge Joint Systems
Matrix 501™ & Matrix 502™
The Crafco Matrix 501 Asphaltic Plug Bridge Joint System is a pre-measured, pre-blended, hot-applied bridge expansion joint system composed of a uniquely formulated polymer modified asphalt binder and select aggregate. Simply level the material and allow to cool. No compaction is required. Matrix 501 can be used for expansion, fixed end, and pressure relief joints, in both new construction and rehabilitation projects. Matrix 501 can be installed on skews up to 30 degrees (up to 45 degrees for low traffic pavements). Crafco Matrix 501 is low cost, quick, and easy to install and maintain. Crafco Matrix 501 joints meet the requirements of ASTM D6297, Standard Specification for Asphaltic Plug Joints for Bridges.
An unblended version, named Matrix 502 is primarily composed of Matrix 502 Binder and two grades of Matrix 502 aggregate. Additional components include primer, backer rod, bridging plates and locating pins. Both Matrix 501 and Matrix 502 are available globally.
Contact Sales@Crafco.com for more information about bridge joint systems by Crafco.