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Arrow Oregon Demonstration Project: Alternate Project Delivery And Accelerated Bridge Construction On OR 38, Drain To Elkton

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Final Report November 2009 Cover. Photo 1: Setting of a full depth precast deck panel. Photo 2: The new 24th Street Bridge over I-29/I-80 in Council Bluffs

Draft Final Report May 2010

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The purpose of the Highways for LIFE (HfL) pilot program is to accelerate the use of innovations that improve highway safety and quality while reducing congestion caused by construction. LIFE is an acronym for Longer–lasting highway infrastructure using Innovations to accomplish the Fast construction of Efficient and safe highways and bridges.

Specifically, HfL focuses on speeding up the widespread adoption of proven innovations in the highway community. "Innovations" is an inclusive term used by HfL to encompass technologies, materials, tools, equipment, procedures, specifications, methodologies, processes, and practices used to finance, design, or construct highways. HfL is based on the recognition that innovations are available that, if widely and rapidly implemented, would result in significant benefits to road users and highway agencies.

Although innovations themselves are important, HfL is as much about changing the highway community's culture from one that considers innovation something that only adds to the workload, delays projects, raises costs, or increases risk to one that sees it as an opportunity to provide better highway transportation service. HfL is also an effort to change the way highway community decisionmakers and participants perceive their jobs and the service they provide.

The HfL pilot program, described in Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU) Section 1502, includes funding for demonstration construction projects. By providing incentives for projects, HfL promotes improvements in safety, construction–related congestion, and quality that can be achieved through the use of performance goals and innovations. This report documents one such HfL demonstration project.

Additional information on the HfL program is at


This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government assumes no liability for its contents or use thereof. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.

The U.S. Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trade and manufacturers' names appear in this report only because they are considered essential to the object of the document.

1. Report No. 2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle
Oregon Demonstration Project: Alternate Project Delivery and Accelerated Bridge Construction on OR 38, Drain to Elkton
5. Report Date
May 2010
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)
Ahmad Ardani, P.E., Jagannath Mallela, Gary Hoffman, P.E., R.L.S.
8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address
Applied Research Associates, Inc.
100 Trade Centre Drive, Suite 200
Champaign, IL 61820
10. Work Unit No.(TRAIS) C6B
11. Contract or Grant No.
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
Office of Infrastructure
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered
Advanced Draft

14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes
Contracting Officers Technical Representatives: Byron Lord, Mary Huie
16. Abstract

As part of a national initiative sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration under the Highways for LIFE (HfL) program, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) applied for and was awarded a $1 million grant to showcase and demonstrate the use of alternate project delivery and innovative accelerated bridge construction (ABC) in removing and replacing five bridges on Oregon 38 between the towns of Drain and Elkton. This report documents the entire work, including the use of all the innovative ABC techniques employed by ODOT in rapid removal and replacement of the bridges.

Also included in this report are construction details of the bridge superstructures built next to the old bridges on temporary supports over Elk Creek, prefabricated and cast-in-place bridge components, an innovative staged construction technique, the use of a temporary bridge, and the substructures built under the old bridges without interfering with traffic flow. Overall, the innovative features and accelerated elements of the ODOT HfL project included the following:

  • Innovative public outreach program
  • Design-build method of project delivery
  • Construction of superstructures next to old bridges
  • Construction of substructures without interfering with traffic flow
  • Context-sensitive and sustainable solutions
  • Rapid bridge replacement technique using a hydraulic sliding system
  • Use of a temporary bridge
  • Use of prefabricated bridge components

Removal and replacement of the bridges on OR 38 was a great success and ODOT was able to meet the HfL program requirement related to the project goals of safety, construction congestion, quality, and user satisfaction.

17. Key Words
accelerated bridge construction, full lane closure, Highways for LIFE, hydraulic sliding system, prefabricated bridge elements and systems, project performance goals
18. Distribution Statement

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19. Security Classif. (of this page)
20. No. of Pages
21. Price

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The project team would like to acknowledge the invaluable insights and guidance of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Highways for LIFE (HfL) Team Leader Byron Lord and Program Coordinators Mary Huie and Kathleen Bergeron, who served as the technical panel on this demonstration project. Their vast knowledge and experience with the various aspects of construction, technology deployment, and technology transfer helped immensely in developing both the approach and the technical matter for this document. The team is also indebted to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Project Manager Steve Narkiewicz and Assistant Project Manager Alan Beane, who were instrumental in making this project a success, and Mike Morrow of the Oregon FHWA Division for his tireless effort in coordinating activities with HfL and ODOT.

Abbreviations and Symbols

AASHTO American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
ADT average daily traffic
C3 Context-Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions
D-B Design-Build
D-B-B Design-Build-Build
dB(A) A–weighted decibel
DOT Department of Transportation
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
HfL Highways for LIFE
HSS Hydraulic Sliding System
IRI International Roughness Index
ODOT Oregon Department of Transportation
OBSI onboard sound intensity
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
RCDG Reinforced Concrete Deck Girder
SAFETEA-LU Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A
Legacy for Users
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