Load Testing and Rating of a Concrete Arch Bridge

C. Hutchinson, A. Peiris, I. Harik

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Abstract

The bridge carrying 19th Street over Yellow Creek in Middlesboro, Kentucky, is a 16.8 m (55′) long and 14.8 m (48′–6″) wide concrete arch bridge constructed in 1943. Structural plans for the bridge are unavailable. This paper details the methods used to determine the safe live load carrying capacity of the bridge based on diagnostic load testing. Load Factor Ratings were determined for legal truck loads in accordance with the AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation utilizing a 2D Finite Element model and then adjusted based on field measured strain data. Despite substandard theoretical load ratings, load testing revealed that the bridge has sufficient capacity to carry legal traffic without restriction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management - Proceedings of the ICSECM 2021
EditorsRanjith Dissanayake, Priyan Mendis, Kolita Weerasekera, Sudhira De Silva, Shiromal Fernando, Chaminda Konthesingha
Pages187-199
Number of pages13
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event12th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, ICSECM 2021 - Kandy, Sri Lanka
Duration: Dec 18 2021Dec 19 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
Volume266
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, ICSECM 2021
Country/TerritorySri Lanka
CityKandy
Period12/18/2112/19/21

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.

Keywords

  • Bridge test
  • Concrete arch
  • Load rating
  • Load testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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