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Cover Plate for Gaps in Concrete Barrier

State WY
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A question I posed before the Pooled Fund Website in 2013
concerned a method of transferring load between a concrete bridge barrier and
an approach concrete barrier.  Shown below in red is a part of Midwest


"If you feel that the
connection is in need of improvement, a number of states have utilized a design
that resembles a steel plate/shell that is bent to the shape of the barriers,
placed over the top of the adjacent barrier ends, and bolted down on both
sides.  Of course, the bolts are placed in slots so that the joint can
expand and contract. This type of connection would ensure a quicker load
transfer as well as prevent vehicle snagging on the barrier ends if the
expansion joint opens up."


Could you send me a copy of details of this?  What is
the maximum gap you can cover with this type of design?

  • Permanent Concrete Barriers
Other Keywords none
Date May 10, 2016

Response We recently had a student look through State DOT standard plans and drawings for such cover plates.  I have attached the drawings that were located.  Other states do something similar, but it may not be in the standards. 

These cover plates are largely untested, so the gap sizes that they can cover is not really known.  Allowable gap size would be dependent upon plate and barrier shape, plate thickness, attachment hardware, and test level.  We should know a lot more about such devices in a year or two as we currently have a Pooled Fund project to explore PCB gap hardware – YR 26 project. 
Date May 17, 2016
Attachment California Channel Closure.pdf
Attachment Kansas Expansion Joint.pdf
Attachment New York Cover Plate.pdf
Attachment Wisconsin Cover Plates for Parapet.pdf
Attachment Wisconsin Cover Plates for Parapet 2.pdf

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