THE CONCRETE BRIDGE MAGAZINE

SUMMER 2008

ASPIRE is a quarterly magazine published by PCI in cooperation with the associations of the National Concrete Bridge Council. The editorial content focuses on the latest technology and key issues in the Concrete Bridge Industry.

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Photo: Ted Lacey Photography. John S. Dick, Executive Editor 2 | ASPIRE , Summer 2008 E D I T O R I A L I n this issue of ASPIRE™, we continue our year-long effort to define sustainable issues in bridge design and construction. On page 14, Jay Holombo, Vinh Trinh, and Maher Tadros of PBS&J discuss the "economic" aspects of sustainable concrete bridges, particularly as these concepts apply to conditions in California. This issue's featured design consultant, Parsons, comments that concrete is Parsons' choice whether in Texas, Colorado, California, or the United Arab Emirates. Durability and long- term costs are primary considerations. They say the owners are demanding designs that ensure long-term performance—100 years in many cases. Our featured state, Washington, has been recognized as progressive in its work with the concrete industry and implementation of economical systems and solutions. Consider that the state's first precast concrete girder bridge was a post-tensioned, spliced-girder solution built 54 years ago. They haven't stopped innovating since. Segmental concrete bridges are establishing a significant niche. This issue's project reports include two such solutions, one in California and another between Ohio and West Virginia. Once again, these bridges are designed for longevity. The oldest segmental bridges in the United States are now some 35 years old. A study discussed in our "Safety and Serviceability" feature (page 45) by Brett H. Pielstick of Eisman & Russo Consulting Engineers, reports on the performance of the entire inventory of segmental bridges. You'll also find a link there to the full, detailed report. Finally, we want to remind you to return the mail back postcard bound into this issue if you have not yet done so. That helps validate our subscriber list with the post office. Your assistance is appreciated. Soon, we'll need to remove those who do not respond. Your opinion is important! Please, communicate your ideas to us! We invite you to share your impressions about ASPIRE™ magazine with the editors. A simple survey is available by selecting the "Survey" button at www.aspirebridge.org. It offers multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions. It'll take less than 5 minutes to complete. Why participate? This is your magazine, by and about bridge practitioners. To remain valuable, it must be relevant to you. Your opinion is crucial to keeping the magazine on target for your needs. Executive Editor: John S. Dick Managing Technical Editor: Dr. Henry G. Russell Managing Editor: Craig A. Shutt Editorial Staff: Daniel C. Brown, Roy Diez, Wayne A. Endicott Editorial Administration: James O. Ahtes Inc. Art Director: Mark Leader, Leader Graphic Design Inc. Layout Design: Marcia Bending, Leader Graphic Design Inc. Electronic Production: Chris Bakker, Jim Henson, Leader Graphic Design Inc. Ad Sales: Jim Oestmann Phone: (847) 838-0500 • Cell: (847) 924-5497 Fax: (847) 577-0129 joestmann@arlpub.com Reprint Sales: Mark Leader (847) 564-5409 e-mail: sales@leadergraphics.com Publisher: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, James G. Toscas, President Editorial Advisory Board: David N. Bilow, Portland Cement Association (PCA) John S. Dick, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Clifford L. Freyermuth, American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI) Theodore L. Neff, Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) Dr. Henry G. Russell, Managing Technical Editor POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ASPIRE, 209 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60606-9887. Standard postage paid at Chicago, IL, and additional mailing offices. ASPIRE (Vol. 2, No. 3), ISSN 1935-2093 is published quarterly by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, 209 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60606-6938. Copyright 2008, Precas t/ Prestressed Concrete Institute. If you have a project to be con sidered for ASPIRE, send information to ASPIRE, 209 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60606-9887 phone: (312) 786-0300 www.aspirebridge.org e-mail: info@aspirebridge.org Cover: Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, Washington, D.C. Photo: Parsons Bridge Sustainability, Part Three: Economic Considerations Log on NOW at www.aspirebridge.org and take the ASPIRE Reader Survey. Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Post-Tensioning Institute Portland Cement Association American Coal Ash Association Wire Reinforcement Institute Expanded Shale Clay and Slate Institute National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Silica Fume Association 1 American Segmental Bridge Institute Aspire_sum08.indb 2 6/24/08 1:23:39 PM

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