ACEC-MDOT Partnering Workshop
Feb 05 2015
Lansing, Michigan
SME’s Christopher R. Byrum, PhD, PE teamed with Chris Johnecheck of MDOT to present “Innovative Bridge Delivery Systems" at the ACEC-MDOT Partnering Workshop on February 5, 2015 in Lansing, Michigan. Each year representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and from ACEC/Michigan come together in Lansing to host a partnering workshop. The purpose of the event is to reinforce the principles contained in the MDOT-ACEC Partnership Charter through information sharing, problem solving and teamwork. A multitude of educational breakout sessions are offered that are specific to current issues affecting the DOT and consulting engineers. The conference is the largest gathering of state transportation and consultant engineering professionals, creating a perfect opportunity for endless networking. During the 2014 construction season two innovative bridge construction methods were employed in Michigan. In Ionia County, a geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS) was used to replace the structure on Keefer Highway over Sebewa Creek. In the Grand Region, MDOT replaced structures on US-131 over 3 Mile Road and on M-50 over I-96 using slide-in techniques. Chris’ presentation covered the unique construction aspects of these projects, including lessons learned.