Bridge Deck Drainage: Evaluation of KDOT’s Current Design Guidance

Proper drainage of bridge decks is essential for safe travel and bridge sustainability. Poor drainage can cause water to spread onto driving lanes, which increases the risk of hydroplaning, ice formation, and frequent clogging. Poor drain details can cause maintenance problems. There is potential to reduce the likelihood of future deck drainage problems on new bridges by evaluating and updating Kansas Department of Transportation's (KDOT’s) current design guidelines. This work could lead to an improved and simplified procedure for the design of bridge deck drainage and has the potential for increased efficiency thus requiring fewer inlets and providing cost savings to bridge construction and maintenance.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $65956
    • Contract Numbers:

      K-TRAN: KU-20-1



    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Kansas Department of Transportation

      Eisenhower State Office Building
      700 SW Harrison Street
      Topeka, KS  United States  66603-3754
    • Project Managers:

      Orth, Mike

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Kansas Center for Research, Incorporated

      2291 Irving Hill Drive, Campus West
      Lawrence, KS  United States  66045
    • Principal Investigators:

      Roundy, Joshua

    • Start Date: 20190801
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210731
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01751171
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Kansas Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: K-TRAN: KU-20-1, RE-0792-01, C2147
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Sep 1 2020 1:33PM