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MCEER Awarded New 6-Year Contract by FHWA

MCEER was recently awarded a new 6-year, $10.8 million contract by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct research on the seismic vulnerability of the national highway system (see web site announcement at This new effort is intended to draw on and extend the work being conducted under the current FHWA-sponsored contracts in the MCEER Highway Project.

The current projects are primarily focused on the seismic design and retrofitting of typical highway bridges found throughout the United States. The new contract, which was awarded on September 30, 1998, will focus on several special issues considered to be critical to the future of the nation’s highway transportation infrastructure. The research will address:

Special studies related to foundation design and soil behavior and response, including large pile group behavior, long period ground motions, and improvements in ground remediation technologies.

The project will also address a series of special studies, including the development of post-earthquake nondestructive assessment technologies for retrofitted bridge components, support for NCHRP Project 12-49 which is developing a new seismic design specification for highway bridges, and instrumenting the Cape Girardeau cable-stayed bridge, which is currently under construction, to record seismic free field and structural response data.

MCEER’s George Lee is the project principal investigator and Ian Friedland is the project manager. Other key project team members include Ian Buckle, University of Nevada at Reno; Ron Eguchi, EQE International; John Mander, University at Buffalo; Geoffrey Martin, University of Southern California; and Charles Seim, T Y Lin International.


MCEER Bulletin, Winter 1999, Vol. 13, No. 1

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