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.

Key Features

  • Describes design methods for accelerated bridge substructure construction; reducing foundation construction time and methods by using pile bents
  • Explains applications to steel bridges, temporary bridges in place of detours using quick erection and demolition
  • Covers design-build systems' boon to ABC; development of software; use of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP)
  • Includes applications to glulam and sawn lumber bridges, precast concrete bridges, precast joints details; use of lightweight aggregate concrete, aluminum and high-performance steel


Construction Engineers, Construction Managers, Architects, and Architectural and Civil Drafters

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Section 1. Innovative Construction Methods
    • Chapter 1. Introduction to Modern Accelerated Bridge Construction
      • 1.1. Rapid construction and early delivery of bridges
      • 1.2. A review of the many aspects of ABC philosophy and benefits to society
      • 1.3. Scope of ABC work
      • 1.4. Multiple factors that may affect ABC progress and benefits
      • 1.5. ABC planning for new and replacement bridges
      • 1.6. Urgency in fixing defective bridges
      • 1.7. Impact of ABC on long-term life-cycle costs
      • 1.8. Recent advancements in ABC methods, literature, and design codes
      • 1.9. Using advanced management techniques in ABC
      • 1.10. Conclusions for developing and promoting ABC
    • Chapter 2. Recent Developments in ABC Concepts
      • 2.1. Application of ABC concepts
      • 2.2. A practical approach to solving ABC issues
      • 2.3. Variations in ABC methods
      • 2.4. Advantages of ABC drawings and contract documents
      • 2.5. Accelerated management
      • 2.6. Accelerated bridge rehabilitation
      • 2.7. Asset management after identifying SD bridges
      • 2.8. Inspection programs
      • 2.9. Bridges on waterways
      • 2.10. Funding allocations for structurally deficient bridges
      • 2.11. Grand challenges by the AASHTO technical committee for construction (T-4)
      • 2.12. Design-build contracts and role played by the Design-Build Institute of America
      • 2.13. Types of contracts
      • 2.14. The Construction Management General Contractor Institute
      • 2.15. The Construction Industry Institute
      • 2.16. Conclusions for ABC and design–build contracts
    • Chapter 3. Research and Training in ABC Structural Systems
      • 3.1. Background
      • 3.2. Variations in structural systems and scope of work
      • 3.3. SHM and prioritization of bridges for rehabilitation and replacement
      • 3.4. ABP leads to ABC
      • 3.5. Complianc


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About the author

Mohiuddin Khan

Dr. Khan has more than 35 years of experience as a structural and bridge engineer, project and design manager for transportation and industrial clients. Ali has supervised numerous design projects on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration and Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority