Record Concrete Box Girder Spans Houston Ship Channel

by Stephen B. Quinn, (M.ASCE), Project Mgr.; Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff's, Dallas, Tex.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 11, Pg. 46-50

Document Type: Feature article


The Houston Ship Channel Bridge is an American advancement of the cast in place, post-tensioned, segmentally constructed, concrete box girder design. In spite of the complex and unique problems possible in segmental construction, difficulties encountered were minimal. Care was taken to adhere to a logical construction sequence, anticipate potential problem areas and keep communications open between field and design officials. Descriptions of the foundation and shaft construction are given along with problems presented in the detailing for the superstructure.

Subject Headings: Concrete | Box girders | Ships | Bridge design | Girder bridges | Construction management | Foundation construction | Cast in place | Texas | United States

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