Impact and Feasibility Study of Solutions for Doubling Heavy Vehicles

This research aims to study the effect of increasing the weight of trucks and/or the number of heavy vehicles on bridges In this study, the weigh-in-motion (WIM) and bridge WIM (BWIM) recorded data were used to identify the main characteristics of the representative heavy vehicle and the site-specific fatigue truck. These representative trucks along with the AASHTO design truck were used to characterize the steel and prestressed concrete bridge population sensitive to flexure using CSiBridge and AASHTOWare Bridge Rating programs. Also, the effects of different types of vehicles on the dynamic response of bridges were studied. The remaining service life along with fatigue assessment was calculated under different possible scenarios to meet the increase in freight demand on steel bridges with RC deck. Furthermore, bridge load rating and reliability was calculated for prestressed concrete girder bridges with AASHTO girder type versus those of Florida I-beam girder. Finally, the cost increase due to different loading scenarios was calculated for different possible remedy actions. This cost impact was used to calculate the bridge’s cost over the span of planning period (PP) of interest.

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

    University of Alabama, Birmingham

    Birmingham, AL  United States  35294

    Florida International University

    Miami, FL  United States 

    University of Central Florida

    Orlando, Florida  United States 

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Florida Department of Transportation

    Davie, FL  United States  33325

    National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM)

    Lamar Allen Sustainable Education Building
    788 Atlantic Drive
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30332-0355

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Uddin, Nasim
    • Wang, Ton-Lo
    • Catbas, Necati
    • Elfayoumy, Adel
  • Publication Date: 2015-2


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 525p

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  • Accession Number: 01644712
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTC12
  • Created Date: Aug 29 2017 10:09AM