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American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

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Journal of Construction Engineering and Management

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DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2006)132:11(1139)


The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 and subsequent potential threats to the United States transportation systems have presented an urgent need to develop emergency response plans in order to quickly react to the possible consequences of an extreme event. Highway bridges, as critical components of the nation’s transportation network, have received increased attention. To respond to the potential threats on highway bridges, a research project was conducted to identify rapid bridge replacement processes, techniques, and needs for improvements. To achieve the research objectives, the research team studied three cases of previous bridge replacements following extreme events. By studying these cases, the research team first sought to identify and expand on lessons learned and then addressed which actions did and did not work effectively under the incident circumstances. Using the lessons learned government agencies and engineering and construction communities could enhance their emergency response plans for future incidents. Next, the research team identified needed improvements so that the research community could investigate new technologies to advance current practices.


Accepted version. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 132, No. 11 (November 2006): 1139-1147. DOI. © 2006 American Society of Civil Engineers. Used with permission.

Yong Bai was affiliated with University of Kansas at the time of publication.

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