Build Bridges Faster, Smarter, Better
The primary goal of Build Bridges Faster, Smarter, Better is to minimize the disruption to the traveling public during construction as directed by the departments policy No. 21-008(p) "Traffic Management in Work Zones". In order to effectively comply with this policy, improvements in the speed of constructing , widening or rehabilitating bridges are being pursued.
In pursuit of these improvements on a state wide level, the Office of Structural Engineering (OSE) will partner with districts, designers, contractors and manufacturers to develop plan details on interim pilot projects. The details will be utilized on twenty-four pilots.
While these 24 interim pilot projects are used to develop plan details and determine time savings, projects entering the state wide programmatic process should include the following changes in scope language and process.
As a minimum, the pilots will utilize the following faster bridge concepts.
Project Status (awarded projects)
Innovative Bridge Guide (available on CD*)
"TXDOT / FHWA Work Shop on Prefabricated Bridge Systems to Eliminate Traffic Disruptions" 09/11/2001 (available on CD*)
AASHTO Technology Implementation Group (Web link)
Splice Sleeves (available on CD*)
Time Lapse Photos
Development of a Precast Bent Cap System
Rapid Bridge Replacement Techniques
Prefabricated Bridges - Current U.S. Practice and Issues
Simplified Continuity Details for Short and Medium Span Composite Steel Girder Bridges
Texas's Totally Prefabricated Bridge Superstructures
Broadway Bridge Case Study (Bridge Deck Application of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer)
Use of Precast Concrete Members for Accelerated Bridge Construction in Washington State
Framework for Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES) Decision-Making
New Mexico Steel made continuous for LL
2006 Concrete Bridge Conference Workshop Rapid Bridge Construction
* For CD's, contact Mike Loeffler P.E., Assistant Administrator (614)387-6210