An evaluation of bridge approach design and construction techniques was conducted. During the first phase of the project, bridge engineers were interviewed and a literature search was conducted. This resulted in a compendium of current knowledge and research efforts related to bridge approach technology. During the second phase of the project, bridge approach performance within the State of Ohio was studied. The data on approach performance was obtained from three separate bridge surveys within the state which provided data on 358 bridge approaches. Very poor correlation was found to exist between approach performance and the design and construction parameters studied. It was not possible to relate with any reliability conditions which would be associated with either generally satisfactory or unsatisfactory bridge approach behavior. It is, therefore, evident that a maintenance program is necessary to guarantee adequate bridge approach performance regardless of the design and construction techniques employed. General observations on bridge approach performance characteristics were reported. /FHWA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was sponsored by the Ohio Department of Transportation and prepared in cooperation with DOT, Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Mechanical Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10017
  • Authors:
    • Timmerman, D H
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 58 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00182557
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-78-S0764 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: St. Job No. 14260(0)
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 12 2000 12:00AM