Design and Evaluation of Experimental Bridges in Tennessee

This paper describes the design and evaluates the adequacy of the moment connection of an experimental 2-span highway bridge designed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The Massman Drive Bridge is an experimental design that unifies the construction economy of simple span bridges and the structural economy of continuous span bridges. The experimental connection, consisting of cover plates and kicker wedge plates, is used to connect the 2 adjoining girders over the center pier. As a result, the bridge is designed to function as a continuous bridge during the deck pour and behave compositely with the reinforced concrete deck under the live load. After completing a moment comparison analysis, it is concluded that the Massman Drive Bridge indeed acts as continuous over the pier as it was designed.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Scoble, Kyle P
    • Chapman, David P
    • Deatherage, J Harold
    • Burdette, Edwin G
    • Goodpasture, David W
  • Publication Date: 2010-1


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  • Accession Number: 01152129
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 5 2010 5:50PM