Cable Access

by Vijay Chandra, P.E., Sr. Vice Pres. and Prin. Professional Assoc.; Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas Inc., New York, NY,
Ruchu Hsu, P.E., Supervising Structure Engineer and Professional Associate/Certified Project Manager; Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas Inc., New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 2, Pg. 44-47

Document Type: Feature article


By moving the expansion joints off the main, cable-stayed span and creating innovative cable connections and tower configurations, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas Inc. (PB) designed a steel bridge with one of the longest cable-stayed spans in the inland waterway system, and at a lower cost than a concrete alternative. The Owensboro Bridge crosses the Ohio River between Owensboro, Kent., and Rockport, Ind. The unique cable-to-deck and cable-to-tower connections can be accessed without special equipment, making maintenance a snap. By placing the expansion joints at the abutments and at the transition from the concrete superstructure to the steel superstructure, designers left a 3,375 ft. span in the middle with no joints, creating a smooth ride for passengers.

Subject Headings: Cables | Cable stayed bridges | Joints | Bridge design | Bridge towers | Steel bridges | Superstructures | Innovation | Ohio River

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