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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FHWA FHWA Partnerships to Advance Bridge State of Practice by Reggie Holt, Federal Highway Administration The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) responsibility is to provide infrastructure policy, investment, management, stewardship, and oversight leadership as it expands and preserves the nation’s multitrillion dollar investments in highways with a priority on public safety. FHWA positions itself and the transportation community for the future by executing coordinated research efforts and promoting technologies that modernize project development, materials testing, construction practices, and the transportation workforce. This includes training the FHWA workforce to understand and embrace new and innovative ways to achieve the results that the public expects and deserves. Need for Partnering FHWA’s Office of Bridges and Structures routinely partners with its stakeholders to fulfill the role stated previously. These stakeholders typically include bridge owners/departments of transportation, industry, academia, contractors, and design practitioners. Partnerships with these stakeholders are essential in identifying and developing technologies that can effectively advance the state-of-practice. FHWA typically engages its stakeholders by including them on technical working groups that give input to strategic planning and on technical review panels that guide and review progress on specific work initiatives. Cooperative agreements are another mechanism used by FHWA to facilitate partnerships with its stakeholders. Cooperative agreements are contractual agreements in which both parties agree to share the cost and technical development responsibilities for a particular project. Recent Partnering Successes FHWA’s Office of Bridges and Structures has many technology deployment projects that are either under development or recently completed and that engage our stakeholders. A technology needs to satisfy many diverse requirements to be successful. It needs to • address an important need, • be technically sound, • perform well, and • be implementable with our nation’s workforce. These requirements cannot be met without interaction and input from stakeholders representing multiple groups in the bridge community. The following sections list a few recently completed projects that benefited greatly from having stakeholder involvement. Using the four projects listed as a sample to gauge stakeholder involvement reveals that a total of 32 stakeholders were used with representation from bridge owners, academia, practitioners, and industry. This stakeholder outreach is actually greater than the numbers shown due to interrelationships between many stakeholders, for example, industr y organizations include multiple practitioners, owners, and academic members. Post-Tensioned Box Girder Design Manual Many within the bridge design community expressed the need for up-to-date design guidance on post-tensioned (PT) box girders. The last published guidance on this topic was the Post-Tensioning Institute’s (PTI) Manual published in 1972. The design of this type of bridge has significantly changed since the publication of this design manual and new guidance on the current state-of-practice was greatly needed. To address this need, FHWA developed a new comprehensive manual through a cooperative agreement with Lehigh University and Corven Engineering. Stakeholders were involved in the review and development of this manual through review panel participation and a cooperative agreement contract. Another partnering feature for this manual will be its future maintenance. Two industry partners, PTI and the American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI), will be forming a new joint committee on PT bridges, which will maintain and expand the content in this manual. An electronic version of this manual is available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/concrete/hif15016.pdf. List of Stakeholders Academia: Lehigh University Departments of Transportation: California (CALTRANS) and Kansas (KSDOT) Practitioners: Corven Engineering, Michael Baker, Buckland and Taylor Industry: PTI and ASBI