A study was made of segmental prestressed concrete box girder bridges in Western Europe. The study team met with representatives of prominent design and construction firms, as well as some Government agencies, to discuss current design and construction practice. The team visited the sites of numerous such bridges which were under construction as well as many which had been completed. This report covers the findings and impressions of the study team; including discussions of current construction techniques, design considerations, and production and erection considerations. The Appendix contains descriptive information on most of the bridges which were visitd or discussed. It was observed that the technology for constructing segmental bridges has rapidly advanced over the past 10 years. Initially such bridges were constructed using only the "balanced cantilever" method. Now span-by-span, incremental launching ("Taktschiebeverfahren"), and progressive placing construction techniques are also used. With many of these methods either precast or cast-in-place concrete segments may be used; and occasionally both types of elements are used. Thus, there are now a variety of design concepts and construction methods which may be used to economically produce segmental bridges for almost all site conditions. /FHWA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This study was made in April and May of 1977, in the countries of Austria, Denmark, France, West Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. The report was sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Road Federation

    525 School Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20024
  • Authors:
    • Ballinger, C A
    • Podolny Jr, W
    • Abrahams, M J
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 160 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00182544
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-78- 44 Final Rpt., FCP 25K1-000
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-8893
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1978 12:00AM