Faculty Advisor

Albano, Leonard D.


This project outlines the design of both a steel and concrete girder system and their respective components (piers, abutments, bearings, expansion joints, etc.) for a typical highway overpass. Each system was compared on the premise of initial cost, life-cycle cost and constructability. The project was aided by the use of AASHTO LFRD Bridge Design Specifications, a series of bridge engineering handbooks, and RISA's structural engineering software, in addition to many other sources. The goal of this project was to implement our research though a hands on design and derive an analysis of construction and life-cycle cost to determine a cost effective solution for two common types of bridge designs.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2008


Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering