The SCDOT Bridge Design Manual (PDF 30.99 Kb) has been developed to provide engineers with the Departments standard bridge design policies and practices. Engineers should attempt to meet all of the criteria presented in the Manual, while fulfilling the Departments mission of providing a safe and efficient transportation system for the State. However, the criteria presented in the Manual should not be considered as a standard that must be met in all circumstances. Engineers must consider economic impacts, aesthetics, and the social and cultural resources of the project area and request modifications to the criteria when conditions warrant. Because it is impossible to address every issue that bridge engineers will encounter, sound engineering judgment must be exercised when conditions arise that are not specifically covered in the Manual.
The SCDOT Bridge Design Manual was prepared based on the 3rd Edition of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, current through the 2005 Interims.
As the need arises, Bridge Design Memorandums will be issued to supplement or revise the requirements of the Manual. These memorandums will supersede the contents of the Manual. Bridge Design Memorandums dated prior to April 2006 will not apply to projects that are being designed using the criteria of the Manual.
SCDOT Bridge Design Manual (PDF 30.9 Kb)