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Committee for the Study on Performance of Bridges A Consensus Study Report of Performance of Bridges That Received Funding Under the Innovative Bridge Research and TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD SPECIAL REPORT 330 Construction Program
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v COMMITTEE FOR THE STUDY ON PERFORMANCE OF BRIDGES Mary Lou Ralls, Ralls Newman, LLC, Austin, Texas, Chair Ross B. Corotis, University of Colorado Boulder Rebecca L. Curtis, Michigan Department of Transportation, Lansing Catherine French, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Raymond Paul Giroux, Kiewit Bridge and Marine, Kiewit Infrastructure West Company, Vancouver, Washington Yidong (Eddie) He, Parsons Corporation, Chicago, Illinois Malcolm T. Kerley, NXL Construction Services, Inc., Richmond, Virginia Bijan Khaleghi, Washington State Department of Transportation, Tumwater Norman McDonald, Ames, Iowa R. Shankar Nair, exp US Services Inc., Chicago, Illinois Randall W. Poston, Pivot Engineers, Austin, Texas Abdul-Hamid Zureick, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Transportation Research Board Staff Joseph R. Morris, Study Director Thomas R. Menzies, Jr., Director of Consensus and Advisory Studies Michael Covington, Senior Program Assistant
vii Preface The Transportation Research Board (TRB) formed the Committee for the Study on Performance of Bridges to analyze the performance of bridges that received funding in the federal Innovative Bridge Research and Construc- tion (IBRC) program and to recommend to Congress how life-cycle costs of bridges could be reduced through the use of innovative technologies. The U.S. Department of Transportation commissioned TRB to conduct the study, as it was directed by Congress in Section 1422 of the Fixing Americaâs Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, Public Law 114-94. The IBRC program, created by Congress in 1998, provided grants to state highway agencies to cover costs associated with the use of new materials and technologies in bridge construction and repair projects as incentives for innovation in the agenciesâ practices. The TRB committee included members with expertise in each of the major categories of materials and technologies that were demonstrated in the IBRC projects. Membersâ backgrounds included state highway admin- istration, engineering research, and the construction and engineering design industries. The committee heard presentations at its meetings from Reid Castrodale, National Concrete Bridge Council; William R. Cox, National Concrete Bridge Council; Sheila Duwadi, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); Karl Frank, National Steel Bridge Alliance; Thomas Harman, FHWA; and Dave White, American Composites Manufacturers Association. This report was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this indepen- dent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the
viii PREFACE National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published report as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. The com- mittee thanks the following individuals for their review of this report: Jamie Farris, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin; Douglas D. Gransberg, Iowa State University, Ames; Gary J. Klein, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Northbrook, Illinois; Sandra Q. Larson, Stanley Consultants, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa; Thomas P. Macioce, Pennsylvania Department of Transpor- tation, Harrisburg; John J. Myers, Missouri University of Science and Tech- nology, Rolla; Henry G. Russell, Henry G. Russell, Inc., Glenview, Illinois; and Phillip Sauser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul, Minnesota. Although the reviewers provided many constructive comments and sug- gestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations of this report, nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Maxine Savitz (National Academy of Engineer- ing), Honeywell, Inc. (retired); and Chris T. Hendrickson (National Academy of Engineering), Carnegie Mellon University (emeritus). They were respon- sible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with the standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the authoring committee and the National Academies. Joseph R. Morris managed the study, edited the report, and drafted sections of the report under the guidance of the committee and the supervision of Thomas R. Menzies, Jr., Director, Consensus and Advisory Studies Division. Glenn A. Washer, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia, engaged by TRB as a consultant to the study, conducted the interviews with state highway agencies that are summarized in this report and compiled data on the IBRC projects. Karen Febey managed the report review process. Michael Covington assisted with meeting arrangements and communications with committee members.
ix Contents Summary 1 1 Introduction 7 Study Charge, 8 Sources of Information, 10 Organization of the Report, 15 2 IBRC Program Administration, Technologies, and Projects Funded 17 Legislation, Funding, and Administration, 17 Technologies Applied in the IBRC Projects, 20 3 Highway Agency Experience with the IBRC Program 23 Extent of Use Today of the IBRC Technologies, 23 IBRC Technologies That Have Not Been Generally Adopted, 28 Influence of IBRC Experience on Acceptance and Use, 30 Standards and Specifications, 31 Influence of Training Requirements, 33 4 Performance of the IBRC Bridges; Utility of the IBRC Technologies 35 Quantitative Evaluations of the Benefits of IBRC Technologies, 35 Data from the States on Performance of the IBRC Bridges, 44
x CONTENTS 5 Conclusions and Recommendations 51 Performance of the IBRC Projects in Meeting the Goals of the Program, 52 Utility of the IBRC Technologies, 60 Opportunities to Reduce Installed and Life-Cycle Costs of Bridges Through Innovation, 63 Recommendations, 70 References 79 Appendixes A TEA-21 Section 5103 (part) (June 9, 1998): Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program 85 B Definitions of IBRC Technologies 87 Study Committee Biographical Information 101