Seismic Retrofitting of Lemoine Avenue Bridge


The main scopes of the project are to rehabilitate the deck and to upgrade the seismic capacity of the Lemoine Avenue bridge. The 405 ft long bridge consists of seven simply-supported spans that were constructed in three periods over thirty years. Four out of six bridge piers, used to function as abutments, were designed based on different criteria with non-uniform capacities against earthquake loads. The in-depth evaluation for the piers and abutments leads to an optional bearing arrangement that minimizes the retrofit costs. Two piers are found inadequate to endure the design seismic load and recommended being strengthened. All existing steel rocker bearings are replaced due to their poor performance.

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2nd Symposium on Practical Solutions for Bridge Strengthening and Rehabilitation: BSAR II (1997: Mar. 24-25, Kansas City, MO)


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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Bridge abutments; Bridge bearings; Bridge decks; Bridge piers; Bridges; Earthquake resistant design; Earthquake resistant structures; Girder bridges; Rehabilitation (Maintenance); Steel rails; Bridges and other structures; Design; Highways; I24: Design of Bridges and Retaining Walls

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Mar 1997