Improving Transportation Infrastructure Resilience against Hurricanes, other Natural Disasters, and Weathering: Part II - Analysis of pedestrian bridges failures due to Hurricane Maria

The primary goal of this proposal is to analyze pedestrian bridges that were damaged or collapsed during Hurricane Maria. The specific objectives of the project are: (a) Develop an inventory of pedestrian bridges that experienced damages or collapsed and document the type of failures experienced. (b) Study a case of a steel pedestrian bridge which has experienced lateral bending in a plastic range due to the impact of hurricane Maria. This pedestrian bridge is located over a primary artery of the San Juan Metropolitan Area and was used to install traffic signs after its construction. The intended outcome of the project is for the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works (PRDOT) and FHWA-PR to take the necessary steps to improve the design and construction of pedestrian bridges, and the installation of traffic sign on pedestrian bridges. The assessment of pedestrian bridge ownership and the compiled data will be also valuable to the PRDOT.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $67184
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority

    P.O. Box 42007
    San Juan,   Puerto Rico  00940-2007

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Project Managers:

    Carlos, Juan

    Szary, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

    377 Ponce de León Ave
    San Juan, PR  United States  00918
  • Principal Investigators:

    Cruzado, Héctor

    Pacheco-Crosetti, Gustavo

  • Start Date: 20181001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200302
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01685242
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847102, CAIT-UTC-REG18
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2018 9:30AM