Rhode Island DOT Replaces Bridges Over Extended Weekends Using PBES and SPMTs

June 21, 2018 1:00 pm

David W. Fish, P.E., Administrator of Project Management, Rhode Island Department of Transportation; and Witold H. Kloczkowski, P.E., Project Manager, Commonwealth Engineers & Consultants, Inc.

Webinar Documents:
Rhode Island DOT Replaces Bridges Over Extended Weekends Using PBES and SPMTs - pdf of presentation
Time-Lapse Construction Video of East Shore Expressway Bridge (looking east) - YouTube
Time-Lapse Construction Video of East Shore Expressway Bridge (looking west) and McCormick Quarry Bridge - YouTube (Note: East Shore Expressway Bridge shown first, followed by McCormick Quarry Bridge)
Q&A Session - pdf
News - June 21, 2018 - pdf of presentation

Description:  In September 2016 the Rhode Island Department of Transportation used prefabricated bridge elements and systems (PBES) and self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) to replace two substandard bridges in East Providence over two extended weekends. Using ABC resulted in an 83-hour closure for the East Shore Expressway Bridge and, two weekends later, a 65-hour closure for the McCormick Quarry Bridge, resulting in completion of construction a year earlier than would have been possible with conventional construction. Precast elements included approach slabs, abutment caps, wingwalls, railing, and footings connected with grouted splice sleeves. The single-span superstructures were constructed in a nearby staging area and installed using SPMTs. This presentation includes design and construction details and lessons learned.

Presentation Photos/Graphics:

1) East Shore Expressway Bridge

2) McCormick Quarry Bridge

3) Constructing GRS Abutments Under the Existing Bridge

4) Building the New Bridge in the “Bridge Staging Area”

5) Demolition During the Weekend Road Closure

6) Moving the Bridge on the SPMTs

7) New Structure Open to Traffic