Modified Sheet Pile Abutments for Low Volume Bridges (TR-568)

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

START DATE

01/01/07

END DATE

01/31/12

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, BEC, CEER, CTRE
SPONSORS

Iowa Department of Transportation

Researchers
Principal Investigator
David White

Geotechnical Engineer

Co-Principal Investigator
Wayne Klaiber

Faculty Affiliate

About the research

To date there have been few investigations of the substructures in low volume road bridges. Steel sheet piling has potential for providing an economical alternative to concrete bridge abutments, but it needs investigation with regard to vertical and lateral load resistance, construction methods, and performance monitoring. The objectives of this project are to 1) Develop a design approach for sheet pile bridge abutments for short span, low volume bridges. 2) Formulate an instrumentation and monitoring plan to evaluate performance of sheet pile abutment systems. 3) Understand the cost and construction effort associated with building the sheet pile bridge abutment demonstration project.

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