1. Report No.
2. Government Accession No.
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4. Title and Subtitle
The Rideability of a Deflected Bridge Approach Slab
5. Report Date
6. Performing Organization Code
Mark Martinez, P.E.
8. Performing Organization Report No.
LTRC Project No: 02-2GTState Project No: 736-99-0996
9. Performing Organization Name and Address
Louisiana Transportation Research Center4101 Gourrier AvenueBaton Rouge, LA 70808
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11. Contract or Grant No.
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address 13. Type of Report and Period Covered
Final Report (2002-2009)
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15. Supplementary Notes
Conducted in Cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
This report presents the findings associated with the development of a new pavement roughness indexcalled the Posted Speed Localized Roughness Index (LRI
) that can be used to rate the ride quality onbridge approach slabs. Currently established pavement roughness indices, such as ride number (RN),profile index (PI) and international roughness index (IRI) cannot effectively rate approach slabs due toinherent limitations. This study was initiated in support of a Louisiana Quality Initiative (LQI) researcheffort entitled “Preservation of Bridge Approach Rideability,” which sought to investigate methods of improving ride quality on bridge approach slabs
. The LRI
is derived using the accelerometeroutputs which high-speed profilers provide. Based on the data collected through this research, vehicletravel can be considered comfortable if the LRI
is smaller than 1.2; uncomfortable if it is between 1.2and 6.0; tolerable if between 6.0 and 30; intolerable if between 30 and 150 and unsafe if greater than150.
17. Key Words
Bridge Bump, Joint Fault, Ride Quality, LRI, LRI
, RN, IRI,Roughness, Inertia, Index
18. Distribution Statement
Unrestricted. This document is available through theNational Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA21161.
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