Pocket Guides

POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Maintenance and Repair of Bridge Bearings
POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Removal and Replacement of Bridge Coatings
POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Bridge Cleaning
POCKET GUIDE Thin-Polymer Bridge Deck Overlay System
POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Concrete Bridge Deck Patching
POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Spot, Zone, and Overcoating Existing Bridge Coatings
POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Repair of Bridge Concrete Substructure Elements


POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Maintenance and Repair of Bridge Bearings

POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Maintenance and Repair of Bridge Bearings

This bridge bearing pocket guide has been developed to provide a summary of the preservation actions for both preventive maintenance and repair options. This guide
describes steel (sliding, rocker and roller) and elastomeric bearings but does not cover the preservation actions of complex or less commonly used bearings, such as nested roller bearings or High Load Multi-Rotational bearings (e.g., pot, spherical or disc bearings). The focus of this guide is on bearing preservation actions that might typically be performed by DOT maintenance staff.  However, some bridge owners may consider replacing bearings if their preservation would not be cost effective, especially considering ancillary costs such as maintenance of traffic.

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POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Removal and Replacement of Bridge Coatings

POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Removal and Replacement of Bridge Coatings

This guide has been developed to encourage a better understanding of the process to completely remove and replace bridge coatings for the structural steel elements of bridges in service. The guide describes how to plan and execute a coatings removal and replacement operation with an emphasis on the three primary activities of containment, surface preparation and painting. This guide does not cover shop applied coatings or spot painting operations, however much of the information presented represents best practices for all bridge coating work.

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POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Bridge Cleaning

POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Bridge Cleaning

This guide is to inform the reader of cleaning methods appropriate for the removal of debris and chemicals, natural or manufactured, that can accumulate on a bridge. The guide describes how to plan and execute a bridge cleaning operation considering best practices and introduces the reader to environmental protection, maintenance of traffic and safety requirements. The removal of animals from the structure and debris within the waterway are not within the scope of this guide.

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POCKET GUIDE Thin-Polymer Bridge Deck Overlay System

POCKET GUIDE Thin-Polymer Bridge Deck Overlay System

The contents of this guide on Thin-Polymer Bridge Deck Overlay Systems reflect the views of the Bridge Preservation Expert Task Group, who are responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official view or policies of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The content does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. FHWA does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trade or manufacturers’ names appear herein solely because they are considered essential to the object of this report.

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POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Concrete Bridge Deck Patching

POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Concrete Bridge Deck Patching

This guide has been developed to provide a better understanding of the process to patch concrete bridge decks. The guide describes how to plan and execute a concrete deck patching operation with an emphasis on identifying repair areas, surface preparation, and placing, finishing and curing deck patch material. The best practices presented in this guide will help minimize potential premature failure of bridge deck patches and contribute to a successful deck patching operation.

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POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Spot, Zone, and Overcoating Existing Bridge Coatings

POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Spot, Zone, and Overcoating Existing Bridge Coatings

This guide is designed for bridge preservation practitioners undertaking spot, zone and overcoat painting projects. These coating strategies can extend the service life of the original coating and are normally simpler to implement than full removal and replacement. For this reason, they can offer economic and environmental advantages when site-specific details are appropriate. Properly specified and applied coatings exhibit maximum corrosion protection. Defects in the coating system will lead to premature corrosion of the steel. Corrosion is accelerated by increased temperatures, higher relative humidity (or exposure to moisture), and the presence of pollutants such as soluble salts. Owners utilize spot, zone and overcoating strategies to reduce overall costs associated with maintaining a steel bridge structure. Owners should consider life cycle costs when contemplating a coating remediation strategy.

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POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Repair of Bridge Concrete Substructure Elements

POCKET GUIDE A User’s Guide to Repair of Bridge Concrete Substructure Elements

This guide is developed to provide a better understanding of the process to repair bridge concrete substructures. This guide is limited to the most common repairs for concrete bridge elements and provides checklists for various elements that comprise the substructure of a bridge. The best practices presented in this guide will help minimize potential premature failure of concrete substructure repairs and contribute to preserving and extending the service life of the bridge. Appropriate personal protective equipment and providing for a safe work zone are not specifically identified in the guide but are required before undertaking any of the work presented in the guide.

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