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Innovative Technologies and Their Applications to Enhance the Seismic Performance of Highway Bridges

Project Information

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Start Date: 
Sunday, July 1, 2007
End Date: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
FHWA Program: 
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FHWA Topics: 
Research/Technologies--FHWA Research and Technology
TRT Terms: 
Base Isolation; Bridge Construction; Earthquake Resistant Design; Infrastructure; Reinforced Concrete; Bridges; Research; Retrofitting; Safety; Seismicity
FHWA Discipline: 
Structures, Design
TRB Subject Area: 
Bridges and other structures, Research, Design

Contact Information

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(202) 493-3469
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Bridge Engineering Team
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
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Project Details

Project Description: 

Federal Highway Administration envisions reducing the construction/maintenance time of new and existing highway structures to increase mobility and safety of the surface transportation system. In reducing the construction/maintenance time, accelerated construction technology and methodologies are essential to the success of this mission. However, applying accelerated bridge construction technology to high-seismicity areas requires more sensitive connection details to accommodate the large ground motions than in other areas. Innovative technologies and their applications are continuously sought to refine and expand connection details and their applicability to enhance seismic performance. This project will develop the necessary bridge connection details to be used in moderate-to-high seismic areas, ensuring constructability as well as effectiveness.


The objective of this study is to improve the seismic resistance of our highway system by developing seismic design details (to be used in accelerated bridge construction projects). 


Deliverable Name: 
Seismic Design Details
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Design details that can be used for Accelerated Bridge Construction in moderate-to-high seismic areas. (December 2011).