Development of Prefabricated Bridge Railings

Many organizations are promoting and utilizing Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) practices to reduce traffic impacts and to reduce societal costs. One of the most common means to achieve ABC is to utilize prefabricated elements which are brought together, on-site, to construct the in-place bridge. The purpose of this research is to begin the process of developing crash-tested prefabricated concrete bridge railings that have durable anchorage details. The developed prefabricated bridge railings must be attached to a bridge superstructure with durable connections that satisfy the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) 2009 Specification. Needed anchorage systems include details that connect the prefabricated bridge railing to the bridge deck and details that connect one prefabricated bridge railing to an adjacent prefabricated bridge railing. The end products of this research will be crash-tested prefabricated bridge railings with recommended durable anchorage systems and details that meet design test level TL-4 in accordance with MASH and Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Bridge Design Specifications.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)

    Florida International University
    10555 W. Flagler Street
    Miami, FL  United States  33174

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Bridge Engineering Center
    2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, Iowa  United States  50010-8664
  • Principal Investigators:

    Wipf, Terry

    Sritharan, Sri

  • Start Date: 20140501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171201
  • Actual Completion Date: 20181030
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01590783
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC41
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 22 2016 3:27PM