Aluminium pedestrian structures make infrastructure functional, environment-friendly, safe and aesthetically pleasing. The advantages of aluminium, such as low specific weight (it is almost 2.5 times lighter than steel), high strength and excellent corrosion resistance, can be supplemented with wide opportunities for creating exclusive architectural forms and facilities. The use of aluminium in the construction of pedestrian and road bridges constitutes a global trend. About 70 aluminium bridge structures are built in the world every year.
Aluminium bridge structures are used in the construction of:
Besides, aluminium solutions are applied for the renovation of small and medium-sized man-made structures (including the facilities of Russian Railways).
The efficiency of deploying bridge structures made of aluminium alloys is due to the short construction time, the possibility of assembling the bridge structures away from the construction site, and the fact that the span's installation requires traffic restriction (usually partial) for only 1–2 hours during the erection and assembly of the bridge.
The service life of an aluminium bridge is about 70 years. Besides, compared with the alternatives, it has low operating costs throughout its lifecycle. Aluminium recycling opportunities make it possible not only to transfer bridge structures for recycling at the end of their service life but also to compensate for part of the costs incurred during the construction of the facility.