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STRUCTURAL MONITORING OF THE
SOUTH BROADWAY OVERPASS
WICHITA, KANSAS


The first consideration was to replace the structure at a cost of $12 million. The Structural Integrity System instrumentation proved the bridge to be in excellent condition. Repair of the deck and some of the piers, at a cost of $8000,000 million made the structure serviceable for decades while saving the city millions of dollars.

This was the first bridge in the United States
to use carbon fiber reinforced polymer rods
to post tension the pier beams during rehabilitation.

              Installation of the On-Board Computer                           Solar Panel, Antenna, Communications, Back-up Power    

Installation of the On-Board Computer

 


 

 

 

 

 

The structure was monitored for 18 months. One example of the data showed the bridge was reacting more to temperature fluctuations than it was to traffic loading. The following graph shows the movement of the structure over a 48 hour time span. The black line is the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. The microstrain on Transducer 5 has a maximum change of 273. The 18 kip truck, the legal load limit at that time, had a microstrain change of 50. The conclusion was the bridge still had a great deal of inherit strength and stiffness indicating rehabilitation was a viable solution.

There is a detailed description of the rehabilitation of this structure in the November 2000 issue of Concrete International magazine. It is titled "City of Wichita Implements Pioneering Rehab Technologies" and is found on pages 38 to 42.

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South Broadway Overpass   Kansas
US 24 Pottawatomie County   Kansas
Shawnee County Bridge   Kansas
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U.S. Patent No. 5,421,204
U.S. Patent No. 5,507,188
Canadian Patent No. 2,163,653

 

all contents of these pages 1996 Structural Integrity Systems L.L.C. 5.96

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