Implementation Guidance for Accelerated Bridge Construction in South Dakota

A study was conducted to investigate implementation of accelerated bridge construction (ABC) in South Dakota. Accelerated bridge construction is defined as construction practices that employ innovative techniques to reduce on-site construction time and interruption to traffic. The main objective of this study was to implement a systematic method for evaluating ABC techniques to determine their applicability to bridge construction and rehabilitation projects in South Dakota from a cost effectiveness standpoint. A comprehensive literature review was conducted to develop a catalog of ABC techniques and detailed profiles describing the use of these techniques. These tools were used in conjunction with the ABC evaluation tool to help the decision-making process for any given construction project. Currently, the S.D. Department of Transportation must (SDDOT) determine if ABC techniques will provide a more efficient use of construction funds than conventional bridge construction methods. Therefore, this research was geared toward developing the knowledge base and tool to evaluate if implementation of ABC techniques is beneficial to a particular project scenario, based on South Dakota local cost and experience data. Many other state DOT offices currently have evaluation tools for ABC. Some were used as references when designing the tool for SDDOT. Examples for using the developed tool also were included in this study to illustrate use of the evaluation tool for ABC decision making in South Dakota.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Colorado School of Mines

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Golden, CO  United States 

    South Dakota State University, Brookings

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Brookings, SD  United States  57007

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Pei, Shiling
    • Wehbe, Nadim I
    • McMullen, Melissa
  • Publication Date: 2017-9


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 94p

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  • Accession Number: 01648419
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC 17-331
  • Created Date: Oct 13 2017 3:03PM