Location

New York, New York

Session Start Date

4-13-2004

Session End Date

4-17-2004

Abstract

The proposed Great River Bridge is a 1400-foot long cable-stay structure that will be constructed over the Mississippi River between Desha County, Arkansas and Bolivar County, Mississippi. Including the bridge approach structures and approach embankments, the total structure length is approximately 23,500 feet. Seismic issues have controlled most of the structural design. Design ground motions for three typical subsurface profiles were developed and resulted in near-surface peak accelerations between 0.23 and 0.26g. Level ground liquefaction analyses indicated widespread liquefaction in an abandoned channel of the river and sporadic liquefaction elsewhere. Seismic slope stability and lateral spreading analyses indicated minor displacements at the approach embankments, the Arkansas levee, and the Mississippi riverbank; moderate displacements at the Mississippi levee; and major displacements at a 25-foot high natural terrace and the Arkansas riverbank. Conceptual liquefaction mitigation/soil improvement options were investigated.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

4-13-2004

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2004 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering for the Great River Bridge

New York, New York

The proposed Great River Bridge is a 1400-foot long cable-stay structure that will be constructed over the Mississippi River between Desha County, Arkansas and Bolivar County, Mississippi. Including the bridge approach structures and approach embankments, the total structure length is approximately 23,500 feet. Seismic issues have controlled most of the structural design. Design ground motions for three typical subsurface profiles were developed and resulted in near-surface peak accelerations between 0.23 and 0.26g. Level ground liquefaction analyses indicated widespread liquefaction in an abandoned channel of the river and sporadic liquefaction elsewhere. Seismic slope stability and lateral spreading analyses indicated minor displacements at the approach embankments, the Arkansas levee, and the Mississippi riverbank; moderate displacements at the Mississippi levee; and major displacements at a 25-foot high natural terrace and the Arkansas riverbank. Conceptual liquefaction mitigation/soil improvement options were investigated.