Proposed AASHTO Guideline for Load Rating of Segmental Bridges

A segmental bridge is constructed in short sections or segments that are either precast or cast-in-place concrete. Segmental bridges were first built in the United States in the 1970s and have proven to be an efficient design for long span bridges. The earliest segmental bridges were designed, constructed, and load rated using methods that were not codified by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and differ significantly from the current AASHTO load and resistance factor design (LRFD), load factor rating (LFR), and load and resistance factor rating (LRFR) methodologies. As a result, the use of current AASHTO LFR and LRFR methodologies to load rate existing segmental bridges has resulted in a significant capacity reduction in comparison to the old load rating procedures. In addition, there are limited resources for owners and consultants to accurately load rate segmental bridges due to the complexities. There is a need to develop load rating guideline to accurately determine the load rating capacity of segmental bridges to ensure safety and mobility. The objectives of this research are to (1) develop a proposed AASHTO guideline for load rating of segmental bridges; (2) propose revisions for the AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation (including LFR and LRFR) and any necessary related revisions to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications; and (3) develop detailed rating examples with supporting training materials to demonstrate the proposed guideline and revisions to AASHTO specifications.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 12-123

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Abu-Hawash, Ahmad

  • Performing Organizations:

    Auburn University

    Auburn, AL  United States  36830
  • Principal Investigators:

    Nowak, Andrzej

  • Start Date: 20210430
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240430
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01739625
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 12-123
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 19 2020 5:34PM