Bridge expansion joints for new and maintenance BEJS from EMSEAL

Replacement of failed joint in concrete edges repaired with EMCRETE

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Typical single-span, secondary highway bridge.

Two bridge abutment joints—one at each end.  No mid-span joint.

bridge expansion joint saw cutting edge before recasting with EMCRETE and resealing with BEJS from EMSEAL

8:00am

Saw cutting along deteriorated concrete joint edges.

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Chipping out deteriorated concrete along saw cut.

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10:00am

Adding steel dowels and additional reinforcing steel through new blockout.

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Preparing the blockout by sandblasting the concrete and rebar.

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Priming the blockout with EMPRIME from EMSEAL

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11:00am

Forming the joint gap.

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Checking form width against concrete substrate temperature.

Checking form width against temperature and supplied BEJS material size
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12:00pm

Mixing the EMCRETE, elastomeric patching nosing material.

Adding sand and chopped fiber aggregate to Emcrete from Emseal for bridge expansion joint edge rebuild
Pouring Emcrete from Emseal to rebuild bridge expansion joint edge
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Placing the “self-leveling” EMCRETE nosing compound.

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Removing forms from Emcrete-rebuilt bridge expansion joint gap

2:30pm

Pulling the forms.

Blasting Emcrete-rebuilt bridge expansion joint edge
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Solvent wiping the joint face to receive the new EMSEAL BEJS expansion joint seal.

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Checking the expansion rate of a small piece of BEJS foam to determine working time.

(Hot day, so material stored in shade to increase working time).

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3:30pm

Mixing the BEJS epoxy adhesive.

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Troweling the BEJS epoxy onto the joint face.

Cutting on hardboard packaging to unwrap BEJS

Unwrapping the BEJS and installing it into the wet epoxy on the joint faces.

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Applying the joining silicone to seal the butt joins.

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Cleaning the silicone top surface with solvent to remove excess epoxy.

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Injecting silicone sealant bands between the bellows and the epoxy-coated joint face.

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4:30pm

Complete EMCRETE/BEJS joint installation.

Lane 1 of 2 with finished, installed BEJS System and Emcrete elastomeric nosing material
BEJS and Emcrete taking highway traffic

6:30am

Next DayTaking traffic.  Cars, vans…

BEJS and Emcrete taking traffic
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…and semis.