High Performance Bridge Systems for Lifeline Corridors in the Pacific Northwest

Reinforced concrete bridges in seismic regions have changed little since the mid-1970s, when ductile details were first introduced. Nearly all bents (intermediate supports) are constructed of cast-in-place reinforced concrete and conventional reinforcing steel. Such bridges have served the Pacific Northwest (PNW) well in the past, but to meet current performance expectations, new structural systems are needed to improve: seismic resilience, speed of construction, durability, and life-cycle costs. Improving seismic performance increases the safety of the travelling public, both by reducing the possibility of collapse and also, by allowing emergency vehicles to use the structure immediately following an earthquake. Reducing the onsite construction time further improves safety by reducing the amount of time that workers will be exposed to traffic hazards. It is not enough to develop new systems. Once these new systems have been developed, it will be necessary from bridge engineers to have sufficient information to be able to select the appropriate one for a particular application.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $200000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Trejo, David

      Stanton, John

      Roeder, Charles

      Lehman, Dawn

      Barbosa, Andre

      Eberhard, Marc

    • Performing Organizations:

      Washington State Department of Transportation

      Research Office
      P.O. Box 47372
      Olympia, WA  United States  98504

      Oregon Department of Transportation

      555 13th Street NE
      Salem, OR  United States  97301

      Oregon State University, Corvallis

      Department of Civil Engineering
      202 Apperson Hall
      Corvallis, OR  United States  97331-2302

      University of Washington, Seattle

      Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
      201 More Hall, Box 352700
      Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
    • Principal Investigators:

      Eberhard, Marc

    • Start Date: 20130801
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20141101
    • Source Data: RiP Project 35657

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01497974
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC10
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 15 2013 1:01AM