Ice Loading on Piers for Minnesota’s Bridges

The purpose of this research is to evaluate, refine, and determine appropriate parameters for ice loadings on bridge piers in Minnesota. Design ice loading methodologies in Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) bridge design manuals are well established nationally by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) LRFD; however, MnDOT specifies conservative ice parameters, including ice crushing strength and thickness, uniformly across the state. More cost-effective bridge designs may be possible considering appropriate ice loading thickness and ice crushing strength for different regions within Minnesota, especially given the variation across the state in current and future climate scenarios.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $294913
    • Contract Numbers:

      1036342 WO#90

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Minnesota Department of Transportation

      395 John Ireland Boulevard
      St Paul, MN  United States  55155
    • Principal Investigators:

      Kozarek, Jessica

    • Start Date: 20230705
    • Expected Completion Date: 20260228
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01887184
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 1036342 WO#90
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jul 11 2023 12:30PM