WSDOT HVR submission--Wednesday July 27 session

Report
Examples of High Value Research
Washington State Department of Transportation
Leni Oman
Director
Office of Research & Library Services
Kim Willoughby
Kathy Lindquist
Research Manager
Office of Research & Library Services
Research Manager
Office of Research & Library Services
AASHTO RAC/TRB State Representatives Annual Meeting
Salt Lake City, Utah
July 27, 2011
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Precast Systems for
Rapid Construction of Bridges
The Issue
• Faster bridge construction is a
priority
• Precast concrete components help
accomplish this
• Design specifications for connecting
these components only recently
available
• Performance of bridges with precast
components during earthquakes a
concern
Placement of Precast Components
I-5 Grand Mound to Maytown Stage 2 HfL Project
Precast Systems for
Rapid Construction of Bridges
What We did
Placement of Precast Crossbeam Section
• Research initiated to study seismic performance of precast concrete
bent cap to column connections
• Research conducted by the University of Washington for $200,000
over 2 years
What We Found
• Successfully applied to construction of a continuous precast
prestressed bridge with precast bent cap. Benefits included:
• Construction costs were lower due to shorter construction times
• Fewer lane restrictions and traffic control
• Better safety in the work zone
Reports:
Anchorage Of Large-diameter Reinforcing Bars Grouted Into Ducts
Rapidly Constructible Large-Bar Precast Bridge-Bent Seismic Connection
A Precast Concrete Bridge Bent Designed to Re-Center After an Earthquake
Seismic Retrofitting Research
Over the last decade:
• WSDOT has conducted more than 13
research projects on retrofitting existing
bridges to withstand seismic activity
• Cost of these projects: ~$1.5 million
• This research has led to the retrofit of
almost half of the bridges in the high
risk seismic zone in Washington
Steel Jacket for Seismic Retrofit
State Highways as Main Streets: A Study of
Community Design and Visioning
The Issue
• 500 miles of State Highways in Washington serve as the main street
providing local access as well as regional mobility
• Design affects community livability and safety: these roads among
the highest rates of pedestrian and traffic collisions in the state.
• Late stage design changes in these projects have increased costs
and delayed projects.
State Highways as Main Streets: A Study of
Community Design and Visioning
What We did
• WSDOT tested the use of community design and
visioning during project development in three locations
• Research conducted by the University of Washington in
12 months for under $50K
What We Found
• By actively building consensus and addressing a range
of both agency and community concerns, community
design:
• Helped ensure traffic flow, livability, safety, & tourism
• Supported efficient project delivery with fewer
changes – keeping delays and costs down
• Estimated to save $9M per project
Reports:
State Highways as Main Streets: A Study of Community Design and Visioning
Research Note

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