Painting the Walt Whitman Bridge: A Close Look at the Coating Systems Used

From JPCL, January 2020

By Kevin Keith, LiRo Engineers

The Walt Whitman Bridge painting project, recipient of the 2019 SSPC George Campbell Award for completion of a difficult or complex industrial coatings project, included surface preparation and painting of the bridge’s entire 2,000-foot suspension span, two 750-foot suspended side spans, and deck support steel inside of the anchorage vaults. Many of the challenges of this project were discussed in the author’s October 2018 JPCL article and SSPC 2018 presentation. In this article, the author takes a closer look at the surface preparation methods and coating systems employed on the different parts of the bridge, and explains why these methods and products were chosen....

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