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Accelerated Bridge Construction

Best Practices and Techniques

The traveling public has no patience for prolonged, high cost construction projects. This puts highway construction contractors under intense pressure to minimize traffic disruptions and construction cost. Actively promoted by the Federal Highway Administration, there are hundreds of accelerated bridge construction (ABC) construction programs in the United States, Europe and Japan. Accelerated Bridge Construction: Best Practices and Techniques provides a wide range of construction techniques, processes and technologies designed to maximize bridge construction or reconstruction operations while minimizing project delays and community disruption.


Construction Engineers, Construction managers, Architects, and Architectural and civil drafters


Published: September 2014

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-407224-4


  • Part One: Introduction

    1. European practice vs. North American practice;
    2. Introduction to ABC; AASHTO Provisions, emergency replacement; recent developments in pedestrian and highway bridges, to small and medium spans; applications to long span segmental construction.
    3. Part Two: Bridge Types

    4. Applications to steel bridges, temporary bridges in place of detours using quick erection and demolition; availability of patented bridges in steel, US Bridge, Inverset, Acrow and Mabey types and case studies
    5. Applications to glulam and sawn lumber bridges, precast concrete bridges, precast joints details; use of lightweight aggregate concrete, aluminum and High Performance Steel to reduce mass and ease transportation and erection; availability of patented bridges in concrete; Conspan and case studies
    6. Part Three: ABC Design Methods

    7. Design methods for accelerated bridge substructure construction; reducing foundation construction time and methods by using pile bents
    8. Design methods for accelerated bridge superstructure construction; military and floating bridges
    9. Part Four: ABC Construction Management

    10. Developing sample Technical Specifications for construction
    11. Cost considerations; saving in time of construction
    12. Use of Quality assurance and quality control procedures
    13. Part Five: Construction Methods

    14. Lifting cranes, transportation method and erection equipment
    15. Connection details for seismic design; dismantling components and reuse at another site
    16. Design-build system a boon to ABC; development of software; use of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP and





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