Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 52-03. Practices for Ensuring Bridge Surface Smoothness

Rough bridge surfaces can increase user costs by accumulative wear and tear on vehicles, increase freight costs resulting from damage to goods or packaging, add to potential safety concerns with nonuniform tire loads, decrease the life of a structure by increasing dynamic loads, and reduce user satisfaction. The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program's NCHRP Synthesis 580: Practices for Ensuring the Smoothness of Concrete Bridge Decks documents state departments of transportation (DOTs) practices used to evaluate the smoothness of concrete bridge decks when constructed, procedures used to keep track of the roughness of concrete bridge decks over time, and practices used to maintain the smoothness of concrete bridge decks through the life cycle of the structure.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 52-03

  • 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:

    Welch-Ross, Melissa

  • Performing Organizations:

    Soil and Materials Engineers Inc.

    43980 Plymouth Oaks Blvd
    Plymouth, Michigan  United States  48170
  • Principal Investigators:

    Perara, Rohan

  • Start Date: 20200501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220413
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220413

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01739557
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 52-03
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 19 2020 11:46AM