HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRECAST PRESTRESSED CONCRETE BRIDGES

This article reviews this innovations and developments that have propelled the use of precast, prestressed concrete bridges in the United States since the early 1950s. The authors, members of the firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) of New York, highlight significant projects, including the first major use of precast, prestressed concrete in the First Sunshine Skyway Bridge (Florida) and the early application of spliced girder bridges for longer spans. Twelve other projects are described in the article: the Pelican Island Causeway (Texas), the First & Second Hampton Roads Bridge/Tunnel (Virginia), the Atlantic City Expressway (New Jersey), the Halawa Interchange (Hawaii), the Fort Weaver Road Bridge (Hawaii), the Keehi Interchange (Hawaii), the James River Bridge (Virginia), the West Seattle Freeway Bridge (Washington), the Ocean City-Longport Bridge (New Jersey), the East Pascagoula Bridge (Mississippi), and the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (Massachusetts). Full color photos are included for most of these projects. The authors conclude that notable advances demonstrated by these projects include the application of spliced girder technology; implementation of 0.6 inch diameter strands; and designing precast, prestressed concrete bridges to resist major ship impact forces.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 56-69
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00986596
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2005 12:00AM