The Virginia Transportation Research Council, a partnership of the Virginia Department of Transportation and the University of Virginia, has released a report that explores best practices related to the rehabilitation and moving of historic pin-connected and riveted truss bridges.
The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Historic Resources are responsible for the management of about 30 historic truss bridges. All too often, these structures do not meet today's traffic demands or safety standards. Their general deterioration requires disassembly and relocation, rehabilitation and re-erection, or storage. The technology and materials used to build them are no longer in use, and many of the people with practical experience are no longer working. Little information is readily available on safely and effectively identifying and performing necessary operations.
VDOT's Knowledge Management Division and the Virginia Transportation Research Council interviewed active and retired engineers, consultants, field personnel, environmental specialists, and architectural historians to collect best practices related to pin-connected and riveted truss bridges. The report is organized using the process followed for the recent rehabilitation of a historic truss in Goshen, Virginia, and discusses the issues faced by those moving and rehabilitating historic metal truss bridges.
More Information: www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=6784