Please enter verification code
Method for the Rapid Replacement of the Travis Spur Rail Bridge over I-278 Highway
Journal of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Volume 5, Issue 1, February 2020, Pages: 1-10
Received: Dec. 8, 2019; Accepted: Jan. 13, 2020; Published: Feb. 4, 2020
Views 679      Downloads 196
Mina Aziz Mikaeel, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., Mount Laurel, The United States
Dan Keppeler, Kiewit-Weeks-Massman, AJV, New York City, The United States
Rasool Attar, KS Engineers P. C., Newark, The United States
Ioannis Sokratis Drakatos, Ioannis Sokratis Drakatos Engineering Services, Athens, Greece
Charalampos Karvelas, Charalampos Karvelas Engineering Services, Athens, Greece
Article Tools
Follow on us
Rise in traffic volumes of urban highways over the last decades has led to an increasing need for widening both highways and access roads. The present case study deals with the replacement of the Travis Spur Rail Bridge to allow for larger width of roadways that lead to and away from the New Goethals Bridge, which connects Elizabeth, New Jersey, to Staten Island, New York, in the United States. The main objective of the project was to apply a rapid method for the replacement of the existing bridge, which was performed during the Columbus Day weekend (7-9 October 2017). Considerations of all existing constraints, which include high traffic volumes and limited space for material laydown and equipment positioning, are presented first. To respond to these challenges careful planning of the construction steps of the substructure (cap beams supported on circular piers) and the superstructure of the bridge (two-span steel deck) had to be carried out both temporally and spatially before the replacement weekend, which is described in the second part of the paper. The final part presents the different phases of the demolition / replacement process to minimize traffic disruption.
Rapid Bridge Replacement, Steel Deck Erection, Bridge Demolition, Traffic Diversion Plan
To cite this article
Mina Aziz Mikaeel, Dan Keppeler, Rasool Attar, Ioannis Sokratis Drakatos, Charalampos Karvelas, Method for the Rapid Replacement of the Travis Spur Rail Bridge over I-278 Highway, Journal of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Vol. 5, No. 1, 2020, pp. 1-10. doi: 10.11648/j.jccee.20200501.11
Copyright © 2020 Authors retain the copyright of this article.
This article is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License ( which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Saito, M., Sinha, K. C. (1990) “Timing for Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, and Maintenance”, Transportation Research Record, pp. 75-83.
Flowers, J. N., Zech, W. C., Abbas, H. H. (2010) “Rapid Bridge Deck Replacement Construction Techniques: State of Practice”, Transportation Research Record, Vol 2152, No 1, pp. 39-48.
Nader, M. (2020) “Accelerated Bridge Construction of the New Samuel De Champlain Bridge”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 25, No 2.
Mashal, M., Palermo, A. (2019) “Low-Damage Seismic Design for Accelerated Bridge Construction”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 24, No 7.
Bledsoe, J. (2015) “Replacement of Bridge in Oklahoma Utilizing Accelerated Bridge Construction and Bridge Sliding Methodology”, Report, US Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration, 31 p.
Bai, Y., Burkett, W. R. (2006) “Rapid Bridge Replacement: Processes, Techniques, and Needs for Improvements”, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 132, No 11, pp. 1139-1147.
Bai, Y., Burkett, W. R., Nash, P. T. (2006) “Rapid Bridge Replacement under Emergency Situation: Case Study”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 11, No 3, pp. 266-273.
Oliva, M. G., Bank, L. C., Sivak, R. (2009) “Rapid Repair and Replacement Techniques for Transportation Infrastructure Damaged From Natural and Man-Made Disasters”, Technical Report, WisDOT Project No 1009-04-08, 263 p.
Davis, N., Hoomaan, E., Agrawal, A., Sanayei, M., Jalinoos, F. (2019) “Foundation Reuse in Accelerated Bridge Construction”, Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 24, No 10, 13 p.
Hertlein, B., Verbeek, G., Fassett, R., Arnold, A. (2016) “A comparison study of quality management for bore pile/drilled shaft (BP/DS) foundation construction and the implementation of recent technologies”, DFI Journal – The Journal of the Deep Foundations Institute, Vol. 10, No 2, pp. 87-94.
Hertlein, B., Davis, A. (2007) “Non-Destructive Testing of Deep Foundations”, Wiley, 290 p.
Olson, B., Aouad, M. F., Sack, D. A. (1998) “NDT diagnosis of Drilled Shaft Foundations”, Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, pp. 1-26.
EFCO (2018) “Forming and Shoring Equipment for Concrete Construction”, Retrieved from (July 3, 2018)
Choi, H., Small, T. (2016) “Rapid Bridge replacement of concrete rigid frame bridges utilizing heavy-lift construction technique”, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Proceedings of the Annual Conference 2016: Resilient Infrastructure, 10 p.
Staten Island Advance. (2016). “Time-lapse: Demolition of railroad bridge to make way for new Goethals.” 〈〉 (Dec. 02, 2018).
Science Publishing Group
1 Rockefeller Plaza,
10th and 11th Floors,
New York, NY 10020
Tel: (001)347-983-5186