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Title: Evaluation of bridge components salvaged from historic Route 66 in California

Source: fplrip-4719-038-Wacker-Mikhail-Dizon. 2 p.

Author(s)Wacker, James; Mikhail, Mervat; Dizon, Geoffrey

Publication Year: 2017  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: A unique set of older timber bridges are located along historic U.S. Route 66 in Southern California. The original bridges were all constructed between 1929 and 1935—more than 80 years of continuous service. Along a 111-mile stretch between the town of Daggett and the Mountain Springs Road exit on Interstate 40 are 127 timber bridge structures (96 that are greater than and 31 that are less than 20 ft in total length). This stretch of historic Route 66 in the Mojave Desert is currently the focus of extensive efforts by the County of San Bernardino to preserve its iconic legacy and protect its key cultural and historical resources, which include the timber bridge structures. This many structures still in service, each having experienced similar exposure conditions and traffic histories, provides a great opportunity to learn more about timber bridge performance and durability characteristics, specifically within a desert region of the southwestern United States.

Keywords: Bridge; timber; residual; strength; durability; longevity

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 1,024 kb(s)

Date posted: 08/01/2017
RITS Product ID: 85214
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Wacker, James P.
Research General Engineer

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