Bridge expansion joints have to function as “riding plates” to carry the imposed traffic loads and also accommodate the thermal movement, shrinkage, pre-stress creep and rotation of the deck. These joints can be simple buried or asphaltic plug joints or complex mechanical joints according to the range of movements to be accommodated.

Bridge Expansion joints are designed in the following types:

1. Elastomeric, a combination of steel and rubber – ASSA Flex Joints

2. Steel,· Sliding Finger – Poolad

3. Steel & Rubber, Sliding Finger