Evaluation of Effective Bridge Deck Repair Maintenance Methods

To ensure or extend the service life of bridges, departments of transportation (DOTs) in every state are seeking efficient maintenance/repair strategies for aging bridges. In particular, the bridge deck is a critical component for the bridge operational safety, and it experiences the most deterioration over time compared to other bridge components. The deterioration of bridge decks can be caused by various factors, such as poor construction quality, corrosion of reinforcement, chemical or biological attacks, freeze and thaw cycles, and accidents resulting in poor skid resistance, poor ride quality, inadequate drainage, and even deteriorating structural reliability. The current Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) practice for bridge deck repair is specified in ODOT Construction Administration Manual of Procedures (MOP) and Construction and Material Specifications (CMS). Based on the deck defect condition, various repairs are recommended. Overall, those repairs (for cases where removal of the entire deck and replacement is not economical) can be classified as one of three types: (1) treating the concrete, (2) patch repair and (3) overlay. The goal of this study is to review ODOT's current maintenance and repair strategies and discover new ones that can result in an operation time reduction, cost savings, an increase in life cycle and safety for the traveling public. This research will be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 mainly involves an in-depth analysis of current processes adopted by ODOT and other state DOTs, and Phase 2 involves field implementation and evaluation of the recommended solutions. Phase 2 is contingent upon the successful completion of Phase 1 and the written authorization of the ODOT Research Section.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $63,423.85
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Martindale, Jill

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Akron

    College of Engineering
    Akron, OH  United States  44325
  • Principal Investigators:

    Huang , Qindan

  • Start Date: 20170814
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180515
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01641350
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 30573, 135489, 104901
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 20 2017 1:47PM