The Applicability of Structural Lightweight Concrete for the Construction of Highway Bridges in Virginia

Report No: 72-R42

Published in 1973

About the report:

This report was prepared for two purposes: (1) To assess the technical and economical status of structural lightweight concrete in the construction industry, and (2) to provide information that would enable the Virginia Highway Research Council to decide whether or not to recommend that the Virginia Department of Highways consider the use of structural lightweight concrete in bridge structures. The information presented herein was collected from a literature search and from telephone conversations with a number of persons experienced in the use of lightweight concrete. Parts of the information taken from the literature search were excerpted verbatim; other parts were modified and adapted to this report. Telephone interviews were with prestressers, designers, academicians, staff members of professional societies, and others.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Harry E. Brown

Last updated: February 8, 2024

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