Renovation Beats Reconstruction

by Ali Shakeri, P.E., Program Manager; District of Columbia Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.,
Amir A. Arab, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Washington, D.C., and Virginia Area Manager; Bridge and Tunnel Division, Parsons, Pasadena, CA,
Andrew Bonds, Vice President; T.Y. Lin International, Alexandria, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2015, Vol. 85, Issue 6, Pg. 74-79

Document Type: Feature article


The District of Columbia Department of Transportation originally sought to replace an aging, structurally nonredundant and deficient bridge that carries traffic over many busy railroad lines. But a renovation and deck replacement scheme proposed by a design/build team proved less costly and far less difficult to accomplish.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Renovation | Rail transportation | Railroad bridges | Decks | Traffic management | Aging (material) | Design/Build

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