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NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 52-03 [Final (Synthesis)]

Practices for Ensuring Bridge Surface Smoothness
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 5/1/2020 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Melissa Welch-Ross
Research Agency: SME
Principal Investigator: Rohan Perera
Completion Date: 4/13/2022
Fiscal Year: 2021

Rough bridge surfaces can increase user costs by accumulative wear and tear on vehicles, increase freight costs resulting from damage to goods or packaging, add to potential safety concerns with nonuniform tire loads, decrease the life of a structure by increasing dynamic loads, and reduce user satisfaction. The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program's NCHRP Synthesis 580: Practices for Ensuring the Smoothness of Concrete Bridge Decks documents state departments of transportation (DOTs) practices used to evaluate the smoothness of concrete bridge decks when constructed, procedures used to keep track of the roughness of concrete bridge decks over time, and practices used to maintain the smoothness of concrete bridge decks through the life cycle of the structure.

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