The article discusses the State departments of transportation view that claims on segmental elevated highways and bridges run far higher than on other types of construction, and contractors contention that the claims result from designs that are incomplete or not constructible; designers and owners blame contractors for creating problems by adjusting slowly to the technique of building segmental bridges. Disagreements and law suits resulting from the situation are discussed. Underdesign of segments is a recurring theme. In 1987, contractors banded together to ask the Federal Highway Administration to help mitigate problems plaguing their projects: incomplete design, commercial impractibility, and contract administration. There is agreement that segmental structures have unique problems. They are built to precise precasting and erection tolerances, and require a high degree of technical competance on the part of designers and managers of construction, as well as workers in the casting yard and on location. The use of consultants in the process, the degree of completion of the design plans, and constructibility are discussed.

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    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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  • Publication Date: 1989-11-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 24-27
  • Serial:
    • ENR
    • Volume: 223
    • Issue Number: 18
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0891-9526

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  • Accession Number: 00489439
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1989 12:00AM