Design of Existing Simple Span Bridges Made Continuous

Eliminating expansion joints from existing simple span bridges is recommended to reduce maintenance costs or enhance bridge performance. Different simple span connection techniques as well as abutment joint elimination are investigated. Data from three typical Rhode Island bridges are used for the study. For shorter spans a continuous deck and a steel plate connecting the top flanges of the adjacent girders works well. In the case of a bridge with 75 ft long adjacent spans, the webs had to also be connected. Asphaltic plugs were also studied using a series of finite element analyses and limited laboratory tests for rutting susceptibility of the APJ. The most significant distresses of asphaltic plugs under warm temperatures is rutting and under cold temperatures cracking, debonding, and disintegration.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Rhode Island, Kingston

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Kingston, RI  United States  02881

    Rhode Island Department of Transportation

    State Office Building, 2 Capitol Hill
    Providence, RI  United States  02903

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Tsiatas, George
    • Lee, K Wayne
    • ORCID 0000-0002-5204-9493
    • Kasten, Albrecht
    • Venkata, Hari Priya Pemmaraju
    • Sherrod, James
  • Publication Date: 2009-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 174p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01150730
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RIDOT-RTD-09-01
  • Created Date: Feb 15 2010 3:06PM