Use of polypropylene pipe approved by FL Department of Transportation

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HILLIARD, OHIO, March 11, 2014 -- The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has approved the use of high performance (HP) polypropylene (PP) pipe from Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., in 12- to 60-inch diameters for 100-year design service life applications, in accordance with FDOT's 2014 Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, Section 948-7. 

According to FDOT documents, PP pipe has passed the needed testing to be accepted for 100-year side drain, cross drain and storm sewer applications. Until project plans and specifications reflect this update, PP pipe may be selected by the contractor for any project where high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe is allowed.

ADS HP pipe is typically used for side drain, cross drain and storm sewer projects. (Photo credit: ADS)


"FDOT contractors and local agencies whose roadway construction regulations follow FDOT standards may choose to use polypropylene pipe for their storm drainage applications," stated Greg Bohn, Director of National Engineering at ADS. "ADS HP Pipe provides a superior sanitary-grade joint and can reduce the installed cost versus traditional pipe materials.  In addition, the pipe is manufactured with impact-modified copolymer PP resins, which provide increased pipe stiffness and excellent durability characteristics to achieve 100-year design service life performance."

To determine the expected service life of ADS HP pipe, FDOT adopted a comprehensive test protocol specification. Incorporating projected long-term buried stress and environmental conditions, it utilizes stress-crack-resistance and oxidation-resistance testing to predict the long-term performance of thermoplastic pipe. To facilitate local supply for the Florida market, both ADS N-12 HDPE and ADS HP polypropylene pipe products are manufactured at the ADS plant in Winter Garden, Fla. 

See also:

"Polypropylene pipe now recognized in Ontatrio for sewer water projects"

"Polypropylene pipe ensures high-flying performance for runway drainage system"

"City looks to meet infrastructure demands with polypropylene sewer pipe"

About Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., (ADS) is the world's largest producer of corrugated HDPE pipe. Founded in 1966, it serves the storm and wastewater industry through a global network of 58 domestic and international manufacturing plants and 28 distribution centers. In addition to its flagship N-12® pipe and HP Sanitary and Storm pipe, the company offers a complete line of fittings and other accessories including StormTech® stormwater chambers, Nyloplast® drainage structures, INSERTA TEE®, stor water treatment units and various geotextiles. For more information, visit www.ads-pipe.com.

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