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Concrete for conventional and accelerated bridge construction.
Many variables, including engineering constraints, costs, and environmental impacts are factors when deciding which construction method to use and bridge type to build. Bridge construction has evolved to reduce traffic impact, facilitate building in congested areas, reduce overall construction schedules, and improve the long-term service life of structures. Rapid Set® and Komponent® are used for bridge decks, overlays, patching as well as closure pours, hinge joints, and approach panels.
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Highway 18 Bridge over the Yamhill River

Rapid Set® Cement dosed with Liquid Low-P™ admixture gives public agencies a new option for very-low-permeability bridge deck overlays that can be quickly reopened to traffic. This is the one of several Oregon DOT projects using the mix.

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State Widens Bridge Ramp in One Day

The Mississippi DOT approved two things to fast-track a closure pour on a flyover near the state’s capital city: high-early-strength concrete made with ASTM C1600 very-rapid-hardening Rapid Set® Cement and concrete delivery via an onsite volumetric mixer.

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State Tests Very-Low-Permeability Concrete Admixture

The Holy Grail of concrete bridge deck maintenance is an easy-to-install, high-early-strength overlay for fast reopening and very low permeability for durability. North Carolina and Lanford Brothers try the latest option: Rapid Set® Cement dosed with Liquid Low-P™ (for “low permeability”) admixture.

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State DOT Tests New Way to Remediate Pavement Ruts

The tire studs and chains that are popular with Pacific Northwest drivers carve troughs into concrete. A regional contractor and Washington State pavement engineers are watching how fast-setting, ultra high-strength Rapid Set® UHPC Mortar stands up to traffic.

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Type K Shrinkage-Compensating Grout Fills the Void on the Skyline Bridge

HNTB – Kansas City, Mo., was selected to deliver Nebraska’s first design/build project: at 3,000 ft., one of the longest pedestrian bridges ever built. To ensure long-term durability through years of Midwestern seasonal changes, the firm chose Type K shrinkage-compensating grout made with Komponent® cement additive to fill the channels that house post-tensioned cables.

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Fast Emergency Repairs Made to Bridge

When a tall truck took out a Texas bridge, the state DOT wanted new concrete cross beams placed within 24 hours to minimize traffic disruption. The deadline was met because Hunter Industries used Rapid Set® Concrete Mix, Rapid Set® FLOW Control, and Rapid Set® SET Control to make the 10 concrete pedestals required to support the cross beams.

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NCDOT Minimizes Traffic Disruption and Lane Closures

Quick return to service is critical to avoid disrupting traffic, especially if that traffic traverses a bridge. This state DOT used Rapid Set® Cement to replace concrete bridge deck expansion joints by 6:30 a.m. The material met the agency’s opening strength requirement of 4000 psi compressive strength in four hours.

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Partial-Depth Bridge Deck Repairs

The fast-setting cement is on SCDOT’s list of qualified products because it meets all specifications. It includes air-entrainment where freeze-thaw cycles are prominent and a superplasticizer for better workability.

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I-280 Bridge Hinge Reconstruction

All infrastructure must be repaired and restored as quickly as possible to minimize inconvenience to the traveling public. Caltrans facilitated the replacement of four hinges on a reinforced concrete box girder bridge by using Rapid Set® Cement concrete.

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Salem End Road Bridge at Stearns Reservoir

An East Coast city used Rapid Set® DOT Concrete Mix to rehabilitate a structural component rather than replace an entire bridge. SW Construction Enterprises used several techniques to promote concrete workability in temperatures ranging from below freezing to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Fast-Setting DOT Concrete Mix Ensures N.C. Bridge Opens on Time

NCDOT performed a full rehab on the bascule bridge. The contractor removed and replaced the concrete surrounding the hinges and anchored the bearing plates that support the drawbridge. Using DOT Concrete Mix allowed the contractor to complete the work at night and have all bridge lanes opened to traffic on weekends and between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

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Lincoln Tunnel Helix Gets Makeover with Minimal Traffic Disruption

Time is of the essence when you’re rehabilitating infrastructure used by 40 million vehicles a year. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey chose two Rapid Set® products because they eliminated the need for admixtures as well as met a tight opening strength requirement.

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Alert Travelers and Quick Repair Keep MoDOT Hwy 22 Safe

Maintenance crews from the Missouri DOT’s Northeast District sprang into action when drivers reported a large hole in a bridge deck one winter morning. By using Rapid Set® DOT Cement to repair the damage, the state was able to reopen the bridge to traffic the same day.

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Fast-Track Bridge Pavement Repairs for One of the Nation’s Busiest Airports

To prevent future shoving issues, Low-P FA1 Cement was used for the overlay. The work was completed in one weekend, and the result is a smooth riding surface that protects the underlying deck, providing long-lasting durability in Boston’s harsh freeze-thaw cycles.

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Boston Airport Chooses Low-P FA1 Concrete Overlay for Fast Pavement Repairs

Using Low-P FA1 Cement to place a new 6-inch-thick overlay on the bridge deck allowed the project to be completed in two days, resulting in minimal traffic disruptions. Passengers have an impermeable riding surface that provides corrosion resistance to the underlying deck reinforcement from road salts, providing long-lasting durability in Boston’s four-season climate.

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Repairing Longest Main Span Bridge in Oregon

DOT Repair Mix was used to repair the bridge joints on the Fremont Bridge. The repairs took place over different seasons where multiple weather conditions occurred. The bridge was able to reopen to traffic on time.

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Quick Repairs Keep the Commodore Barry Bridge Open

70,000 square feet of partial depth bridge deck repairs were performed with DOT Concrete Mix. Up to two lanes were closed at night and then reopened in the morning.

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Rapid Set Low-P Microspherical-Air Cement

Unlike the chemically stabilized air bubble of traditional methods, Low-P MSA's air voids are made up of tiny, flexible hollow polymer spheres that act as microscopic forms in the cement matrix. They are rigid enough to form voids in the hardened concrete, yet soft enough to compress and allow space for expanding water to provide the desired freeze/thaw protection.

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Teodoro Moscoso Bridge Rehab

Fast-setting cement products were used for partial-depth repairs, repairing the lateral barriers, and anchoring and the new pipes for the new floor drains. Work took place in temperatures soaring above 90° degrees Fahrenheit. Products used were DOT Repair Mix, V/O Repair Mix, WunderFixx, Cement All, CR Concrete Resurfacer, and Corrosion Inhibitor.

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George Washington Memorial Parkway

Public agencies often fast-track bridge deck overlays by using Rapid Set® Cement in latex-modified concrete (LMC) mixes. In this case, Rapid Set® Latex-Modified Concrete (RSLMC) achieved a federal agency’s specified 2500 psi compressive strength requirement in 3 hours.

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Fast-Track Bridge Repairs Keep Historic Highway Open

Low-P Cement was chosen as the repair material due to the short time allowed to reconstruct concrete portions of the bridge. Low-P Cement is very-rapid-hardening (VRH) per ASTM C1600 and reaches 4500 psi compressive strength in three hours. Work started at 8:00 am and both lanes were back in service by 6:00 pm.

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Facing a Tight Schedule

Missouri’s largest bridge improvement project benefitted from fast-setting grout. The keyways were grouted with Cement All because it showed high early strength and excellent bonding characteristics during mock-up testing. The final evaluation of the bridge indicated that using a fast-setting, high-strength, nonshrink grout was a success. The bridge scored the highest possible NBI rating of 9-9-9.

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Lokern Road Bridge Rehabilitation

Drying shrinkage that followed the rebar on a bridge deck between two state highways caused a large hole to form. An overlay made with Komponent shrinkage-compensating concrete is protecting the newly reinforced deck from the overloaded trucks that regularly access it.

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Quick Bridge Completion

The New Hampshire DOT was constructing a new bridge on I-93 in Concord and wanted a grout that would provide fast-setting strength and be easy to use. Product used was Cement All.

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Rehabilitating the Bridge of Americas

Several elements were in need of replacement or repair, including nearly 13,000 sq feet (1,200 sq meters) of patching for the 54-year-old concrete bridge deck. Because the bridge could not be shut down during repairs, a quick-set mortar was specified for the patching material. Product used was Cement All.

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Back to Service Quickly: Restoring a Historic Scenic Byway Bridge

The specification called for a compressive strength of 3,000 psi prior to opening to traffic. The Rapid Set Latex-Modified Concrete overlay achieved this strength within three hours of placement, allowing the bridge to open for traffic each evening, meeting the DOT’s requirement. Product used was RSLMC.

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Unique Mix Design for Bridge Preservation

Because of the high traffic volume on the Route 95 bridge, MassDOT developed a unique solution to complete deck repairs over the course of two weekends. Product used was Low-P cement.

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Keeping High-Traffic Infrastructure Smooth and Crack-Free

The George Washington Bridge carries more than 106 million vehicles a year, making it the world’s busiest motor-vehicle bridge. The pothole-riddled north- and south-bound access ramps that connect the bridge to New York State Route 9A needed to be repaired. The Port Authority needed to reopen the busy ramps in a timely manner to not disrupt traffic patterns. Products used include Concrete Mix and DOT Cement.

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Interstate 10 Earthquake Repairs

The January 17, 1994, Northridge 6.6 earthquake did immense damage to many of the region’s vital traffic arteries. One serious disruption was the closing of the I-10 Santa Monica freeway due to the collapse of two bridges. The 1-10 is the busiest freeway in the nation. C.C. Myers completely rebuilt the two bridges 74 days ahead of schedule and received a $14.5 million bonus. Products used include Rapic Set Cement, Rapid Set Flowable Fill, and SET Control.

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Short Rehab

Rapid Set Latex-Modified Concrete (RSLMC) overlay helped move the Lewis & Clark Bridge project ahead of schedule and under budget. WSDOT saved a minimum of nine days by using RSLMC instead of a slower setting concrete overlay. The repairs will extend the life of the bridge another 25 years.

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Shrinkage Compensating Concrete Designs

Today’s design, engineering, and construction professionals face a host of complex construction challenges. A vast majority of construction projects incorporate the use of concrete for its versatility, durability, and sustainability. This article discusses how Type K shrinkage-compensating cement improves the concrete by overcoming drying shrinkage cracking, reducing permeability, and improving sulfate resistance.

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Stick Together: Special Cement Impact Durability and Speed in Building and Repairing Concrete Bridges and Decks

The cement used in concrete can have a lasting impact on the life span of new concrete bridge decks. Learn how Type K cement for new bridge construction and rapid hardening cement for repairs and new overlays can help extend the useful life cycle of concrete bridge decks.

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The Need for Speed

Special cements allow for quicker, long-lasting concrete bridge and deck repairs.

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Type K Mitigates Cracking, Increases Durability

After 20 years in service, six Type K cement bridge decks constructed in the early 1990s have proven their exceptional durability and crack mitigation performance. Shrinkage compensating concrete bridge decks are very low cost to maintain due to no deck delaminations, spalls or steel corrosion.

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Work on I-280 in San Francisco Completed Without a Hitch

The I-280 bridge hinge joints are designed to slide and rotate, providing the 6-mile-long concrete structure the flexibility and stability to withstand an earthquake. The worn-out hinges on the bridge were replaced with hinges better designed to handle seismic forces. It was planned long before the Napa earthquake, which caused no damage to the structure. Product used was Rapid Set Cement.

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Crack-Free Bridge Decks

In 1968, the State of Ohio began testing Type K concrete in bridge decks with impressive results. In 1984, the Ohio Turnpike Commission began a program of bridge deck replacement; since 1985, all deck replacements have been performed with Type K concrete. In the years since, other states, including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, have also adopted the use of Type K cement in bridge decks.

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Buying Time on U.S. Bridge Repairs

DOTs are tasked with deploying new techniques and new products to extend pavement in timeframes that reduce traffic interruptions and lane closure times. Rapid-hardening cement helps them meet this challenge, since it sets and gains strength rapidly. Products used include Cement All, Mortar Mix, FLOW Control, Low-P Cement, and Rapid Set Cement.

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Building Durable Concrete Bridge Decks for Longevity and Repairing Them Quickly

Wider use of proven technologies that eliminate or reduce concrete cracking in old or new decks can reduce the billions of dollars spent annually in the United States on repair or replacement of bridge decks damaged by chloride-induced corrosion. Products used include Type K shrinkage-compensating cement and RSLMC.

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