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Concrete median barrier on bridge

State MN
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We have a bridge joint repair project coming up and could use some advice on how to address our concrete median barrier situation.  Hope you can help.

This bridge is a 4 lane bridge (2 lanes each way) divided by an 32" F-Shaped median barrier (non-reinforced).  See attached file: fig7130e.pdf.  During the repair project, traffic will be diverted to one side of the bridge with 2 way traffic.  We expect the posted speed will be 45 mph.  Shoulder width in the median lane is 1'.

Approximately  6' of concrete median barrier, 3' on either side of joint, will be temporarily  removed for joint repair access.  It's our intention to install a 12.5' length of standard thrie beam, plus terminal connectors in this span.    The thrie beam and connectors will be located  flush with the top of the barrier.  The concrete median barrier will be replaced after the joint is repaired.  See attached file: BarrierJointRepairDetails.pdf for details.

Does this work as an acceptable solution to maintain work zone and driver safety during construction?  If not, do you have (or know of) any other potential solutions to this situation?  Any comments you have would be appreciated.

Thanks for your help in this matter.


  • Permanent Concrete Barriers
Other Keywords none
Date January 27, 2012
Attachment fig7130e.pdf
Attachment BarrierJointRepairDetails.pdf

Response Attached is a proposed revision to your installation for spanning the gap in your median barrier. 

Just to recap our phone conversation today regarding the design.

1.  We concur that if the traffic on the barrier is on one side only and the work crews need access to the back side, then the nested thrie beam and lower angled plate are only needed on the traffic side face of the barrier.

2. We would limit speeds in this area to 45 mph and would prefer lower speeds than that if possible.

3. We prefer the use of nested 12 gauge thrie beam over the use of a single 10 gauge section as it provides for increased bending strength and capacity.

Let me know if you have any further comments or concerns. I have attached a revised detail showing the system with the hardware on only a single side.


Date February 13, 2012
Attachment MNDOT_Median_Barrier_Gap.pdf

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