Modified Sheet Pile Abutments for Low Volume Bridges (TR-568)

Project Investigators

David White, Wayne Klaiber

Project Schedule

Jan 2007 to Jan 2012


Iowa Department of Transportation


abutments, bridge substructure, bridges

Project Description

To date there have been few investigations of the substructures in low volume road bridges. Steel sheet piling has potential for providing an economical alternative to concrete bridge abutments, but it needs investigation with regard to vertical and lateral load resistance, construction methods, and performance monitoring. The objectives of this project are to 1) Develop a design approach for sheet pile bridge abutments for short span, low volume bridges. 2) Formulate an instrumentation and monitoring plan to evaluate performance of sheet pile abutment systems. 3) Understand the cost and construction effort associated with building the sheet pile bridge abutment demonstration project.