Performance and Policy Related to Aluminum Box Culverts and Pipe Culverts in Wisconsin

Aluminum box culverts offer a practical and cost effective solution for bridges. Currently, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Bridge Manual has a restrictive policy on the use of aluminum box culverts that prohibits their use on state and federal transportation projects. This policy was created based on previous studies in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2003. The findings of these studies may be based on conditions, materials, or construction details that are no longer used. Modern construction specifications, techniques, and protection systems may address or mitigate concerns identified in these earlier studies. The objective of this research project is to develop recommendations and guidelines for the validation of WisDOT’s current Bridge Manual on the use of aluminum box culverts or provide information that would be used as the basis of a revised policy and guidelines for inclusion of aluminum box culverts in WisDOT administered transportation projects. These recommendations and guidelines will be based on contemporary information from literature searches, review of other state DOT’s policy, aluminum materials available, construction details and practices, and a field review of historic aluminum box culvert performance.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    4802 Sheboygan Avenue
    Madison, WI  United States  53707
  • Project Managers:

    Allie, Matt

  • Performing Organizations:

    Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, Incorporated

    297 Broadway
    Arlington, MA  United States  02174-5310
  • Principal Investigators:

    Beaver, Jesse

  • Start Date: 20170606
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181206
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01640967
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0092-17-05
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 10 2017 12:42PM