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ASCE Arizona Section Vision:

ASCE members serving as global leaders to build a better quality of life.

ASCE Arizona Section Mission:

The American Society of Civil Engineers, Arizona Section, will lead by advancing the profession through membership participation (1), Public Outreach (2), Political Involvement (3), and Internal transfer of knowledge (4).

Goals:

(1) Encourage industry and individual participation in ASCE membership and activities

(2) Initiate educational outreach to schools and public regarding industry policies and practices to promote participation and collaboration.

(3) Facilitate annual outreach to public officials educating public policy makers on infrastructure value

(4) Act as stewards of ASCE for the Section constituents through awareness, understanding, reporting, and a transfer of knowledge of ASCE Resources to branches and younger member groups




President’s Message – January 2021

Gary Miller, PE, M.ASCE, President ASCE AZ

Gary Miller

“Unprecedented!” How many times have you heard that word in the last couple of weeks? Whether you’re watching TV, listening to the radio, or just talking with friends and family I am sure you have heard it several times. While the use of this word may be the most appropriate description of the last year, I can’t help but feel that this word now has a very depressing association that only makes us dwell on the negative aspects of the past year. While it is important to remember the events of our past and not forget, we certainly do not need to dwell on the negatives.

As we look forward to the new year with hope, I would also like to remember some of the positive aspects of last year. Over the next couple of months I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the accomplishments of the Civil Engineering profession in Arizona through some of the great projects that were completed. I will be highlighting these projects through short articles written by some of those involved in the project. My thanks to Jeremy DeGeyter, Northern Arizona Branch President, for this article.

Thank you,
Gary Miller, P.E., M.ASCE
ASCE Section President

This past summer the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the City of Flagstaff replaced the existing Fourth St. bridges over Interstate 40 (I-40) using the bridge slide method. For those of you who have visited Flagstaff, it is quickly apparent that the city and vehicle traffic is significantly impacted by the railroad and interstate system that split the city with limited separated grade crossings. For this reason, and emergency vehicle and adjacent school considerations, a primary focus from the beginning of the design process was to minimize impacts to the public, both on Fourth St. and the interstate below. The bridge slide method was selected to reduce closure impacts on Fourth St. from 3-4 months to 17 days, with the resulting reduction in overall delays to the public calculated to be valued at over $6 million, according to ADOT formulas. The project, designed by AECOM and constructed by FNF Construction, began in early 2020 and was completed in Fall 2020.

The bridge slide was accomplished using hydraulic jacks, 2- ½” threaded rod, steel plates and Teflon coated bearing pads. The threaded rods were installed through the bridge abutments and anchored to jacking blocks on each end of the bridge. The rods were pre-tensioned to remove excess strain and then the process began. The jacks had a throw (total ram extension) of 9-inches before they needed to be retracted and reset. Once the jack reached maximum extension, the jack was retracted and the steel plates at the front and back of the jack were advanced and reset, with the jacking force being transmitted to the threaded rod by use of a nut installed behind the jacking assembly. The bridges slid on the interface of polished stainless-steel plates (slide shoes) cast into the bottom of the abutment and the Teflon coated bearing pads, which had also been coated by the contractor with dish soap to further reduce friction. Photo Courtesy of ADOT Over the course of 21-24 hours, each bridge was slid approximately 50ft and the resulting finished bridge is roughly twice the width as the old bridge and now provides safe and efficient facilities across the interstate for vehicles, pedestrians, and bikes. The project, which shared costs between ADOT and the City of Flagstaff, allowed opportunities for both parties to upgrade existing facilities, reduce future maintenance costs, and provide additional capacity, now and in the future. Here is a link to a time lapse video of the southern half of the bridge slide that was posted on the City’s Facebook page.

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