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“US Paying a Heavy Price for Not Protecting Its Steel and Concrete Bridges when First Constructed,” Says Coating CEO.

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Phoenix, AZ, September 4, 2018 – “The Romans were not only the greatest bridge builders of all time, they also got it right about maintenance, something we should consider here in the US,” commented Castagra Products, Inc. CEO Peter Roosen.

“Today modern type bridges are running into serious trouble only decades after being built, something many Pennsylvanians witness every day as they drive under them noting the severe deterioration and hoping for the best.

“This, of course, is not confined to Pennsylvania and the problem is truly staggering. The US is now in dire straits for not protecting its steel and concrete bridges right from the days of construction,” continued Roosen.

There are over 600,000 bridges in the United States. Of this total, one third are made of steel, over a third are conventional reinforced concrete, and over 100,000 are constructed using pre-stressed concrete. The remainder are built of other materials such as wood.

According to NACE, about 30 percent of the bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The annual direct cost of corrosion for highway bridges is estimated to be $13.6 billion.

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) considers almost 200,000 bridges, or one of every three bridges in the U.S., as being structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Furthermore, more than one-fourth of all bridges are over 50 years old, the average design-life of a bridge.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A stitch in time saves nine. Maybe those old sayings should be updated for the anti-corrosion industry to ‘Coat now and save a bucket of cash later,” commented Roosen.

“Our veggie-plastic is one of the most tenacious coatings in existence and it is perfect for protecting steel and concrete structures. It has nearly triple the adhesion of most epoxy coatings and it permanently retains its elasticity, so important for large structures that are constantly making minute contractions and expansions due to temperature changes and vibrations.

“Furthermore, we have real world heavy duty applications stretching back a quarter of a century, including ships and bridges. Ecodur is in many hundreds of oil and production water frac tanks where the physical challenges include standing up to a veritable cocktail of chemicals.”

VOC-free Ecodur has shown no measurable deterioration after more than 20 years submerged in saltwater. It is non-toxic and highly flame retardante, emitting water vapor when heated.

Annual corrosion costs for the US are over $1 trillion. NACE estimates the global cost of corrosion to be US$2.5 trillion, equivalent to roughly 3.4 percent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). NACE’s IMPACT study found that implementing corrosion prevention could result in global savings of between 15-35 percent of the cost of damage, or between $375-875 billion (USD).

“The Romans made bridges to last as they took the long view on their empire and its transportation needs. They were built by highly skilled stone masons and they were one of the first people to use concrete. We here seem to have ended up with a lot of bridges barely lasting half a century because, in many cases, the rebar has failed to the point of seriously compromising the structural safety.

“Author, Robert Courland, in his book ‘Concrete Planet’, estimates that repair and rebuilding costs of concrete infrastructure, just in the United States, will be in the trillions of dollars that will have to be paid by future generations.

“The Romans kept it all very simple for their bridges, many of which were very large even by today’s standards, and, not just that, they maintained them by ensuring local municipalities were responsible for their upkeep, making local officials highly accountable in a judicial system that could make death the ultimate price for irresponsibility,” concluded Roosen.

Castagra Products Inc., has its registered office in Reno, Nevada, USA, and headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. It has its main toll production facility in Houston in Texas. The company is focussed on providing ultra-protective VOC-free, BPA-free, non-toxic coatings for roofing, floors, water and waste water industries and oil, gas, frac production water storage tanks and pipes.