Using Fiber Reinforced Plastics to Help Prevent Corrosion

Close to Lewes, Delaware, Cape Henlopen State Park has recently been transformed by a revitalization project to make sure that avid lovers of nature can fully enjoy a 15-mile regional trail system connecting Rehoboth and Lewes beaches.


Transformation of Revitalization Project

Before the transformation, the Gordons Pond Trail was unmarked, primitive, and unprotected, which made it challenging to navigate. This revitalization project finally provides conservationists, officials, recreational tourists, and naturalists the opportunity to appreciate and explore the beauty of the area.

This high-profile project used almost half a mile (made up of almost 5,000 panels) of Strongwell’s pultruded fiberglass grating as part of the Gordon Pond Trail.

The heightened design of the trail path enabled designers to include two observation lookouts for users to view the tidal marsh, dunes, and pond. Corrosion and light penetration were considerations in the selection of building materials because of the site’s proximity to the ocean.


Maintenance-Free and Durable Grating

The contractor, Conventional Builders, Inc., in combination with the State of Delaware, chose a maintenance-free and durable grating as the perfect solution.

Around 19,900 square feet of Strongwell’s lightweight but incredibly strong DURAGRID® I-4000 1" thick pultruded grating was used for the installation.

To ensure that animals, archaeological sites, and rare plants were not harmed during construction, some of the grating had to be delivered almost half a mile without the use of heavy equipment.

Investment Pays Off

The work put into this revitalization effort was clearly worth the investment. Cape Henlopen’s updated park trail has received almost 500 positive peer reviews on Trip Advisor. It is also a new recipient of Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence.

Technical Data

  • Product: FRP Grating Walkway / Bikeway
  • Process: Pultrusion
  • Materials & Sizes: DURAGRID® I-4000: 5' x 8' x 1"
  • For: Conventional Builders, Inc.
  • User: State of Delaware


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