The Scour at Bridges Management Program in Rhode Island

by Edward J. Kent, (M.ASCE),
Jeffrey S. Glenn, (M.ASCE),
Joseph T. Boardman, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has developed and implemented a comprehensive two-phase scour susceptibility program for screening and assessment of scour at bridges. Phase I of the program involved screening of all bridges over water to identif scour susceptibility, and also bridges having hydraulic deficiencies. Bridges identified as being scour-susceptible in Phase I were subjected to a Phase II evaluation, typically involving hydraulic modeling and calculation of potential scour depths in accordance with Federal Highway Administration guidelines. The Phase II program addressed both riverine and tidally-influenced bridges and bridges with unknown foundations. Hydraulics, scour and related information produced by the project was placed in a database and integrated into the States Bridge Management System.

Subject Headings: Scour | Bridge management | Maintenance and operation | Hydraulic models | Bridge tests | Bridge foundations | Systems management | Rhode Island | United States

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