23 Oct. 2012
Public Affairs Office
BUCKSPORT, Maine--Researchers with ERDC’s Geotechnical and Structural Laboratory (GSL) and Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) recently conducted dynamic tests on the Waldo-Hancock Bridge near Bucksport, Maine.
The test, which is part of an ongoing ERDC program in infrastructure protection, was sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Highway Administration.
GSL’s Dr. Kennan Crane and Vince Chiarito and ITL’s Cliff Grey, conducted the dynamic test on the Waldo-Hancock Bridge near Bucksport, Maine.
The test was designed to better understand load redistribution in suspension bridges with severe damage to structural components. The results of this test and associated modeling will be used to provide guidance to bridge owners on how to best retrofit their structures to resist abnormal loadings.
The Maine Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard, HNTB Corporation’s special bridge projects group and S&R Corporation all contributed support to the effort.