Two-course Bonded Concrete Bridge Deck Construction: Interim Report No. 2, Concrete Properties and Deck Condition Prior to Opening to Traffic

Report No: 77-R3

Published in 1976

About the report:

Presented in this report is information concerning the characteristics of the concretes used to construct six experimental two-course bonded bridge decks in Virginia. The quality of the overlay concretes produced under standard specifications supplemented with special contract provisions is described. Recommendations are made concerning the attainment of desired cover depths over the topmost reinforcement and the attainment of adequate consolidation in the overlays. The several procedures that have been used to compare the condition of the two-course decks with that of conventional, single-lift control decks are discussed, and it is concluded that the two-course decks indicate a greater potential for satisfactory performance. Determinations of future performance will be based on comparisons of data from tests as visual surveys and soundings, chloride analyses, electrical potentials, sonic pulse velocities, and skid resistance of the decks.

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.


  • Samuel S. Tyson

Last updated: January 28, 2024

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