Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 54-09. Hydraulic Engineering Practices for Construction and Temporary Facilities in Streams and Rivers

State DOTs undertake hundreds of construction projects each year that affect, and are affected by, streams and rivers. These include replacement and rehabilitation of bridges and culverts, as well as new construction and rehabilitation of highways in stream corridors. The hydraulic design standards for the completed bridge, culvert or highway are well established. However, there are elements of risk involved in any temporary occupancy of a waterway for construction, including: personal safety risks, economic risks to the transportation agency and contractor from delays or damage, and environmental risk from unanticipated flooding. These risks are associated with a wide range of structures, from minor drainage crossings to major river structures. While some states may have well-defined policies and methods to address hydraulic considerations for temporary construction facilities, other states may address these issues on a case-by-case basis. The objective of this synthesis is to document state DOT hydraulic engineering practices for construction and temporary facilities in streams and rivers.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 54-09

  • 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:

    Harrigan, Edward

  • Performing Organizations:

    Ohio University

    226 Stocker Center
    Athens, Ohio  United States  45701
  • Principal Investigators:

    Che, Daniel

  • Start Date: 20221209
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240610
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01845336
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 54-09
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 17 2022 9:46AM