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Plans, designs, and concepts to build and replace bridges faster.

Innovative Bridge Designs for Rapid Renewal (R04)


Transportation agencies must build or replace thousands of bridges in the coming years while balancing the need to reduce congestion and increase worker and traveler safety. Through programs like FHWA's Every Day Counts, agencies have learned about accelerated bridge construction (ABC) methods and prefabricated bridge elements and systems (PBES) and have mainly applied them on a bridge-by-bridge basis. There has not, to date, been an effort to apply standardized designs widely. A standardized approach could reduce the cost of PBES projects. If this type of construction were to become commonplace for bridges, standard sections and shapes for deck panels, columns, footings, abutments, and approach slabs could be fabricated economically and quickly to make prefabrication an even more appealing option for bridge owners.


The SHRP2 ABC Toolkit has concepts including sample plans, design examples, and specifications which will help bridge owners, designers, and contractors advance ABC projects.


The SHRP2 ABC Toolkit can be utilized to build or replace typical bridges faster and at a lower cost. The concepts can be incorporated into thousands of small to medium span bridge projects with minimal alterations, resulting in reduced onsite construction time, minimized traffic delay and community disruption, improved work zone safety, and improved quality when compared with conventional construction practices.

In the Field

State Project Description Activity Contact
Arizona Implementation Assistance Program - Gila River Indian Community DOT applying toolkit to IR7 Gila River Bridge Lead Adopter Steve Johnson
Gila River Indian Community Department of Transportation
California Implementation Assistance Program - Caltrans applying toolkit to Fort Goff Creek Bridge Lead Adopter Dorie Mellon
California Department of Transportation
Iowa U.S. Highway 6 over Keg Creek Research Ahmad Abu-Awash
Iowa DOT
Kentucky Implementation Assistance Program - Transportation Cabinet applying toolkit to KY-6 Stewarts Creek Lead Adopter Kevin Sandefur
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Maine Implementation Assistance Program - DOT applying toolkit to Kittery Overpass Lead Adopter Leanne R. Timberlake
Maine Department of Transportation
Michigan Implementation Assistance Program - Federal Lands Highway applying toolkit to Seney National Wildlife Refuge project Lead Adopter Victoria Peters
Federal Lands Highway
Missouri Implementation Assistance Program - DOT applying toolkit to Bridge A-0087 Lead Adopter Shay Burrows
Nebraska Implementation Assistance Program - NDOR applying toolkit to a bridge project Limited Technical Assistance Shay Burrows
Rhode Island Implementation Assistance Program - DOT applying toolkit to Warren Avenue project Lead Adopter Shay Burrows
Vermont Pilot testing the rapid renewal bridge toolkit Research Chris Williams
Vermont DOT
Wisconsin Implementation Assistance Program - DOT applying toolkit to I-39 / I-90 expansion Lead Adopter William Oliva
Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Field activities also performed in Alabama, New York and Ohio during the research phase.

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