Extending the Life of Aged, Reinforced Concrete Arch Bridges through Load Testing and Monitoring

Jeffrey Weidner, John Prader, Nathaniel Dubbs, Franklin Moon, A. Emin Aktan, John Taylor, Clifford Skeens

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Abstract

The state of West Virginia is home to a substantial population of bridges that are in service well past their initial design lives. As these bridges have aged, and inevitably deteriorated, management has become a challenge. In 2006, The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) enlisted the help of Drexel University to develop an approach to managing these structures, with a particular focus on reinforced concrete bridges with little to no documentation. One such structure was the Barnett Bridge, located near Parkersburg, WV. This filled concrete arch bridge was built in 1929 with a 90 foot (27.4m) single span over a small creek. The bridge was posted due to challenges in accurately load rating the structure with only minimal historical documentation. Working side by side with WVDOH, and through a combination of load testing, repairs, and targeted long-term monitoring, the bridge was left in service. This paper presents the case study of the Barnett Bridge, from when it appeared in the local newspaper in 2008 as one of the bridges in the state with the lowest sufficiency rating, to present day where it still serves the surrounding area, with a focus on the proof load test that served as the cornerstone for the revitalization of this structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication
EditorsPinar Okumus, Eva Lantsoght
PublisherAmerican Concrete Institute
Pages203-220
Number of pages18
EditionSP 323
ISBN (Electronic)9781510871281
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
EventEvaluation of Concrete Bridge Behavior Through Load Testing - International Perspectives at the ACI Fall 2017 Convention - Anaheim, United States
Duration: Oct 15 2017Oct 19 2017

Publication series

NameAmerican Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication
NumberSP 323
Volume2017-October

Conference

ConferenceEvaluation of Concrete Bridge Behavior Through Load Testing - International Perspectives at the ACI Fall 2017 Convention
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period10/15/1710/19/17

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Load testing
Arch bridges
Concrete bridges
Reinforced concrete
Monitoring
Repair

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

Keywords

  • Concrete arch bridge
  • Load testing
  • Long-term monitoring
  • Model-experiment correlation
  • Structural identification

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Weidner, J., Prader, J., Dubbs, N., Moon, F., Aktan, A. E., Taylor, J., & Skeens, C. (2017). Extending the Life of Aged, Reinforced Concrete Arch Bridges through Load Testing and Monitoring. In P. Okumus, & E. Lantsoght (Eds.), American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication (SP 323 ed., pp. 203-220). (American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication; Vol. 2017-October, No. SP 323). American Concrete Institute.
Weidner, Jeffrey ; Prader, John ; Dubbs, Nathaniel ; Moon, Franklin ; Aktan, A. Emin ; Taylor, John ; Skeens, Clifford. / Extending the Life of Aged, Reinforced Concrete Arch Bridges through Load Testing and Monitoring. American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication. editor / Pinar Okumus ; Eva Lantsoght. SP 323. ed. American Concrete Institute, 2017. pp. 203-220 (American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication; SP 323).
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Weidner, J, Prader, J, Dubbs, N, Moon, F, Aktan, AE, Taylor, J & Skeens, C 2017, Extending the Life of Aged, Reinforced Concrete Arch Bridges through Load Testing and Monitoring. in P Okumus & E Lantsoght (eds), American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication. SP 323 edn, American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication, no. SP 323, vol. 2017-October, American Concrete Institute, pp. 203-220, Evaluation of Concrete Bridge Behavior Through Load Testing - International Perspectives at the ACI Fall 2017 Convention, Anaheim, United States, 10/15/17.

Extending the Life of Aged, Reinforced Concrete Arch Bridges through Load Testing and Monitoring. / Weidner, Jeffrey; Prader, John; Dubbs, Nathaniel; Moon, Franklin; Aktan, A. Emin; Taylor, John; Skeens, Clifford.

American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication. ed. / Pinar Okumus; Eva Lantsoght. SP 323. ed. American Concrete Institute, 2017. p. 203-220 (American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication; Vol. 2017-October, No. SP 323).

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Weidner J, Prader J, Dubbs N, Moon F, Aktan AE, Taylor J et al. Extending the Life of Aged, Reinforced Concrete Arch Bridges through Load Testing and Monitoring. In Okumus P, Lantsoght E, editors, American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication. SP 323 ed. American Concrete Institute. 2017. p. 203-220. (American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication; SP 323).