Bridge Overloading Criteria

by Michel Ghosn, City Coll of New York, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural and Geotechnical Reliability


Considerable concern is being expressed by the public and government agencies over the deteriorating state of the country's infrastructure. At the same time, there is a general feedling among transportation interests that excessive regulations and weight restrictions imposed on the trucking industry are hampering efforts to strengthen the Nation's economy and plans to make it more efficient in a competitive world market. This paper presents a reliability-based procedure to determine the optimal allowable loads on highway bridges considering both static and dynamic effects.

Subject Headings: Bridges | Highway bridges | Bridge design | Bridge tests | Bridge-vehicle interaction | Load bearing capacity | Highway and road design | Vehicle loads

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