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Performance of Bridges That Received Funding Under the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program (2019)

Chapter: Appendix A: TEA-21 Section 5103 (part) (June 9, 1998): Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: TEA-21 Section 5103 (part) (June 9, 1998): Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Performance of Bridges That Received Funding Under the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25358.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: TEA-21 Section 5103 (part) (June 9, 1998): Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Performance of Bridges That Received Funding Under the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25358.
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88 PREPUBLICATION COPY—Uncorrected Proofs APPENDIX A TEA-21 SECTION 5103 (PART) (JUNE 9, 1998): INNOVATIVE BRIDGE RESEARCH AND CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM Public Law 105-178 105th Congress An Act To authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes. . . . SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.—This Act may be cited as the “Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.” . . . SEC. 5103. TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYMENT. Chapter 5 of title 23, United States Code (as added by section 5101 of this title), is amended by adding at the end the following: . . . “(b) Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program.— “(1) In general.—The Secretary shall establish and carry out a program to demonstrate the application of innovative material technology in the construction of bridges and other structures. “(2) Goals.—The goals of the program shall include— “(A) the development of new, cost-effective innovative material highway bridge applications; “(B) the reduction of maintenance costs and life- cycle costs of bridges, including the costs of new construction, replacement, or rehabilitation of deficient bridges; “(C) the development of construction techniques to increase safety and reduce construction time and traffic congestion; “(D) the development of engineering design criteria for innovative products and materials for use in highway bridges and structures; “(E) the development of cost-effective and innovative techniques to separate vehicle and pedestrian traffic from railroad traffic; “(F) the development of highway bridges and structures that will withstand natural disasters, including alternative processes for the seismic retrofit of bridges; and

89 PREPUBLICATION COPY—Uncorrected Proofs “(G) the development of new nondestructive bridge evaluation technologies and techniques. “(3) Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.— “(A) In general.—Under the program, the Secretary shall make grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements and contracts with— “(i) States, other Federal agencies, universities and colleges, private sector entities, and nonprofit organizations to pay the Federal share of the cost of research, development, and technology transfer concerning innovative materials; and “(ii) States to pay the Federal share of the cost of repair, rehabilitation, replacement, and new construction of bridges or structures that demonstrate the application of innovative materials. “(B) Applications.—To receive a grant under this subsection, an entity described in subparagraph (A) shall submit an application to the Secretary. The application shall be in such form and contain such information as the Secretary may require. The Secretary shall select and approve the applications based on whether the project that is the subject of the grant meets the goals of the program described in paragraph (2). “(4) Technology and information transfer.—The Secretary shall take such action as is necessary to ensure that the information and technology resulting from research conducted under paragraph (3) is made available to State and local transportation departments and other interested parties as specified by the Secretary. “(5) Federal share.—The Federal share of the cost of a project under this section shall be determined by the Secretary.”

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TRB Special Report 330: Performance of Bridges That Received Funding Under the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program, examines the results of a federal program to promote innovation in highway bridge construction. The Innovative Bridge Research and Construction (IBRC) program, created by act of Congress, provided state departments of transportation with a total of $128.7 million in grants as incentives for use of innovative materials and technology to construct or repair approximately 400 bridges from 1999 to 2005. Materials used included fiber-reinforced polymer composites, high-performance concrete, high-performance steel, and corrosion resistant reinforcing bar. Projects also demonstrated accelerated bridge construction (ABC) techniques. Congress directed the U.S. Department of Transportation to commission the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to study the performance of the bridges that received funding in the IBRC program.

The committee provides an analysis of the performance of bridges that received IBRC funding and the extent that they met the goals of the program. The committee also provides an analysis of the utility, compared to conventional materials and technologies, of the innovative materials and technologies used in IBRC projects in meeting needs for a sustainable and low life-cycle cost transportation system. The report provides recommendations to Congress on how the installed and life-cycle costs of bridges could be reduced through the use of innovative materials and technologies, as well as a summary of future research that may be needed.

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