Accelerating the construction of a highway bridge in Ohio

O. Salem, B. Basu, R. Miller, J. Randall, J. Swanson, R. Engel

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) created Strategic Initiative Number 9 to "build bridges smarter, faster and better." One project undertaken by ODOT was to use a precast, post-tensioned slab bridge in place of a cast-in-place slab. To accommodate school schedules and a festival, the bridge was to be completed in 16 days. However, the bridge was actually completed in 19 days. Delays were due to weather, equipment problems, and confusion over plans and specifications. Contributing to the success of the project was the effective partnering between ODOT and the contractor, along with a high level of upfront planning. However it is necessary to address problems such as the lack of contingency plans and some unexpected issues that were overlooked in the planning phase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-104
Number of pages7
JournalPractice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Bridges construction
  • Fast track construction
  • Ohio
  • Tension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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