Evaluation of performance and maximum length of continuous decks in simple-span bridges
Snedeker, Katherine O.
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The purpose of this research was to evaluate the performance history of continuous bridge decks in the State of Georgia, to determine why the current design detail works, to recommend a new design detail if necessary, and to recommend the maximum and/or optimum lengths of continuous bridge decks. The continuous bridge decks have continuous reinforcement over the junction of two edge beams with a construction joint for crack control. The current technical literature and current practices and design procedures were synthesized and summarized. GDOT maintenance reports were reviewed, and field evaluations were conducted to determine the performance of the continuous deck detail. The effects of bridge movement due to thermal strains, shrinkage, and live loads were considered in the analytical studies to better understand the demands placed on the GDOT continuous deck detail. A summary of the design and length recommendations was provided upon completion of the research.