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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)132:4(338)


The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and subsequent potential threats to U.S. transportation systems have presented an urgent need to develop emergency response plans to quickly react to the possible consequences of extreme events. Extreme events include terrorist attack as well as man-made and natural disasters such as explosions, fires, floods, and earthquakes. The objective of this research was to identify strategies and technologies to quickly restore the use of highway bridges, a critical component of the nation’s transportation network, in case they are damaged or destroyed by extreme events. One of the tasks associated with this research was to conduct case studies of previous bridge replacements following extreme events. By studying these cases, the research team sought to identify and expand on lessons learned, address which actions did and did not work well given the circumstances of the incident, and incorporate lessons into the emergency response plan for highway bridges. This paper presents the findings from one of the case studies, the I-40 Webbers Falls Bridge in Oklahoma.


Accepted version. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 132, No. 4 (April 2006): 338-344. DOI. © 2006 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Used with permission.

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

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