Sheet Piling Bridge Abutments

Carle, Robert J.
Organization: Deep Foundations Institute
Pages: 16
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1989
This paper reviews a variety of highway structures which have been built using steel sheet piling as the permanent structural elements of bridge piers, abutments and wingwalls. Those structures built over the past 20 years in Europe include major highway bridges over railroads, highways and waterways in both urban and rural locations. Most highway structures built in the United States using steel sheet piling have been limited to secondary roads in rural locations. The main thrust of this paper is the presentation of various design concepts for highway structures which utilize steel sheet piling. The main purpose is to challenge the profession to move forward from this conceptual presentation and to develop the details necessary to provide safe, cost-effective structures which go well beyond the scope of those being built in the United States today.
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