Feasibility Report and Plan of Action for Development of a New, Hydraulically Efficient Bridge Rail

This research program addresses issues associated with the hydraulic effects of bridge rails on floodwater levels upstream of bridge structures. The hydraulics of bridge rails and traffic barrier systems are not well understood, especially with regard to rail/barrier systems in series and the submergence of structures. The hydraulics of bridge rails is an important issue for Texas Department of Transportation bridge rehabilitation projects with potentially significant cost implications. This research project is designed to address issues associated with the hydraulic performance of bridge rails and traffic barriers, and to provide guidance on how different rail/barrier systems can be included in floodplain hydraulics models.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research Project Title: Hydraulic Performance of Bridge Rails and Traffic Barriers.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Center for Transportation Research, 3208 Red River Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78705

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Implementation Office, P.O. Box 5080
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5080

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Charbeneau, Randall J
    • Klenzendorf, Brandon
    • Barrett, Michael E
  • Publication Date: 2008-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 18p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01140445
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-09/0-5492-2, Report 0-5492-2
  • Contract Numbers: 0-5492
  • Created Date: Sep 18 2009 8:56AM