In this study a survey was conducted to ascertain the needs of employees of local governmental agencies with regard to the conduct of the design of bridges. Recommendations, relative to the development of standard plans which can be used by county engineers, are put forth. These recommendations are based on the needs of the local agencies, information regarding existing manufacturing capabilities, information concerning existing standard plans relative to bridges and information on an existing computer software program (BRADD-2) which is available from the AASHTO. The information on which the recommendations were made was obtained by telephone conversations, written questionnaires and/or personal visits with/from/to 75 local agencies (46 cities and 39 counties) in the state of Washington and by personal visits to 4 precasting plants and 1 fabricating plant.
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
Bridge design, Bridges, Computer programs, Data collection, Interviewing, Local government, Needs assessment, Questionnaires, Recommendations, Standards, Structural design, Surveys.