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Design of Bridge Deck Drainage

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

Stormwater drainage along bridges is important to help ensure the safe movement of vehicular travel along the bridge. Most bridges are drained by a series of grates along the bridge that subsequently drains into a piping that may connect to a municipal storm drain system. An under-designed bridge in regards to its hydraulic capacity can cause water to collect on the bridge surface during rainfall events and cause water to spread into the travel lane which may cause hydroplaning.

This course, “Design of Bridge Deck Drainage” will cover several topics including the rational method for determining the flow rate of Stormwater, bridge grade requirements, piping design and other topics that are essential to a safe and efficient design of bridge deck drainage. Several example problems are included to aid the student in solving problems that present themselves to the design of bridge deck drainage systems.

This course material is based on the document “Design of Bridge Deck Drainage,” as published on the website of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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