Officials say a new revolutionary construction material is to be applied in the rehabilitation of the Merrick Creek Bridge in Amherstburg.

The bridge project, located at County Road 8 and Howard Avenue, is a three-way collaboration among The University of Windsor, MEDA Engineering and The County of Essex.

The University of Windsor's Civil Engineering Professor, Sreekanta Das has been working with the R&D department at MEDA Engineering to study the feasibility of this new basalt composite material for use in concrete and steel rehabilitation projects.

Officials say it's the time to extend this new rehabilitation technology, developed by Professor Das's research team, to apply to a field bridge.

The bridge posed as a perfect opportunity for U of W graduate students to take the data they have  been collecting in the lab and apply it in a practical application.