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Title:Implementation Guidance for Accelerated Bridge Construction in South Dakota
Authors:Shiling Pei, Nadim I. Wehbe, and Melissa McMullen
University:South Dakota State University
Publication Date:Sep 2017
Report #:MPC-17-331
Project #:MPC-395
TRID #:01648419
Keywords:bridge construction, cost effectiveness, decision making, evaluation and assessment, implementation, literature reviews, rehabilitation (maintenance)


A study was conducted to investigate implementation of accelerated bridge construction (ABC) in South Dakota. Accelerated bridge construction is defined as construction practices that employ innovative techniques to reduce on-site construction time and interruption to traffic. The main objective of this study was to implement a systematic method for evaluating ABC techniques to determine their applicability to bridge construction and rehabilitation projects in South Dakota from a cost effectiveness standpoint. A comprehensive literature review was conducted to develop a catalog of ABC techniques and detailed profiles describing the use of these techniques. These tools were used in conjunction with the ABC evaluation tool to help the decision-making process for any given construction project. Currently, the S.D. Department of Transportation must (SDDOT) determine if ABC techniques will provide a more efficient use of construction funds than conventional bridge construction methods. Therefore, this research was geared toward developing the knowledge base and tool to evaluate if implementation of ABC techniques is beneficial to a particular project scenario, based on South Dakota local cost and experience data. Many other state DOT offices currently have evaluation tools for ABC. Some were used as references when designing the tool for SDDOT. Examples for using the developed tool also were included in this study to illustrate use of the evaluation tool for ABC decision making in South Dakota.

How to Cite

Pei, Shiling, Nadim I. Wehbe, and Melissa McMullen. Implementation Guidance for Accelerated Bridge Construction in South Dakota, MPC-17-331. North Dakota State University - Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Fargo: Mountain-Plains Consortium, 2017.

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