Title: US 41 over North Creek; FRP Reinforced Concrete Two-Span Flat Slab Bridge and CFRP-Prestressed Concrete/GFRP Reinforced Substructure and Bulkhead Wall System
Author(s): Joseph Losaria, Steven Nolan, Andra Diggs II, and David Hartman
Publication: Symposium Paper
Appears on pages(s): 113-125
Keywords: bulkhead wall; CFRP; composite bridges; GFRP; soldier pile
This case study highlights the use of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials on the US 41 Highway
Bridge over North Creek in Sarasota County near the Florida Gulf Coast. Design and construction involved the use
of Glass-FRP (GFRP) reinforcement on the cast-in-place (CIP) concrete flat slab superstructure, Carbon-FRP (CFRP)
prestressing strands on the concrete piles, and GFRP reinforced precast panels for the substructure combining a bridge
bearing abutment and retaining wall system. The application of FRP prestressing and reinforcing is promoted by the
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) under their Transportation Innovation Challenge initiative. Soldier-pile
retaining walls are a commonly used system in southeastern US coastal states, but the incorporation of innovative
materials such as CFRP-prestressing for piles and GFRP-reinforcing for concrete panels is not yet widespread.
Comparison of lateral stability results of this wall system during construction and in the final condition is discussed.
In addition, to describing the preferred FRP-PC/RC solution adopted for this project, a comparison is provided to a
recently completed adjacent bridge that utilized a conventional carbon-steel PC soldier-pile and RC precast panel wall
system. A further comparison is presented for the design and cost of the wall system based on the project design
criteria (ACI 440.1R, ACI 440.4R, and 2009 AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Guide Specifications for GFRPReinforced
Concrete, 1st Edition) with the refinements and savings possible under the newer editions. Finally, the
life-cycle cost, durability and environmental benefits from the use of the innovative CFRP and GFRP reinforcing
systems in this type of traditional wall system, are identified for typical urban coastal areas with extremely aggressive
conditions, congested access, and challenging environmental constraints.