Identification Evaluation of Pavement-Bridge Interface Ride Quality Improvement and Corrective Strategies SJN 134375

State Job Number: 134375
Report Number: FHWA/OH-2011/1
Final Report, January 2011
Executive Summary

Bridge owners have long recognized that the approach pavement at bridges is prone to exhibiting both settlement and cracking, which manifest as the “bump at the end of the bridge.” This deterioration requires considerable on-going maintenance expenditures, added risk to maintenance workers, increased distraction to drivers, reduced steering control, increased damage to vehicles, a negative public perception of the highway system, and a shortened useful bridge life. The objective of this work is to assist the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in the development of pre-construction, construction, and post-construction strategies that will help eliminate or minimize the “bump at the end of the bridge.”

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