Losing Ground

by Susan L. Matthews, P.E., (A.M.ASCE), Structural Proj. Engr.; LaBella Associates, P.C., Rochester, NY,
James W. Matzat, P.E., (M.ASCE), Hydraulic Engr.; LaBella Associates, P.C., Rochester, NY,
Stanley E. Walker, P.E., (M.ASCE), Assoc. and Vice Pres.; Haley & Aldrich Inc., New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 4, Pg. 58-61

Document Type: Feature article


Unusual engineering approaches, careful studies of earth and water movements, and a multi-organizational project team that worked cooperatively lead to the successful replacement of the bridge over Beards Creek, on U.S. Route 20A and State Route 39, after being closed for 3.5 years. The $3 million bridge and approach roadways were designed to have the ability to adapt to possible soil creep in the future. The New York State Department of Transportation estimates that an average of 5,350 vehicles will cross the bridge daily.

Subject Headings: Team building | Bridge design | Highway and road design | Bridge-vehicle interaction | Rivers and streams | Creep | Water management | Intelligent transportation systems

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