Feasibility Study of Developing and Creating a Standardized Subset of Bridge Plans

  • Category: Completed Projects
  • Group: Standards
  • Subject:
  • Abstract:

    Future bridge projects have the potential to benefit from the past 20 years of successfully completed projects. Using past designs for an accelerated and advanced starting point lends itself to a reduction in design time and fees. This proposed subset of standardized bridge plans is one means of implementing the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT's) and the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) mandates: EDC, accelerated bridge construction (ABC), and geosynthetic reinforcing steel (GRS)-IBS. Incidental benefits of using prefabricated bridge elements are maximizing design concepts and speed in construction that minimizes cost. GRS-IBS specifically minimizes the stiffness of bridge approaches and can correspondingly reduce differential settlement (bridge bumps). The objective of this study is to determine if the development of a standardized subset of bridge plans is feasible and cost-effective. The study should also determine what portion of the design type should be included as the standard plans and what type/range of bridges should be standardized

  • Keywords:

    Bridge approaches; Bridge construction; Bridge design; Cost effectiveness; Feasibility analysis; Plans (Drawings)

  • Specific ABC aspect:

Budget and Timeline

  • Budget (USD): $0.00
  • Project length: 24 months
  • Start date: 2013-05-31
  • Completion date: 2016-05-31

Primary Sponsor

Colorado Department of Transportation
4201 East Arkansas Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80222, USA

Primary Sponsor Contact
Aziz Khan
Phone: (303) 757-9522

Primary Performing Organization

Atkins North America
4601 DTC Blvd., Suite 700
Denver, Colorado 80237 USA

Principal Investigator
Chengyu Li

Other documents:

View Final Report

Other Notes:

CO DOT, may be GRS-IBS specific; Start 5/2013; Complete 5/2016, need deliverable, Behrooz looking into?