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Structural Design

The SCDOT Bridge Design Manual 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.


Bridge Design Manual (2006)

Gervais St Bridge in Columbia, SC

The SCDOT Bridge Design Manual provides engineers with standard bridge design policies and practices. The SCDOT Bridge Design Manual was prepared based on the 3rd Edition of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, current through the 2005 Interims.

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Updates

Bridge Design Memorandums are issued to supplement or revise the requirements of the Manual. These memorandums will supersede the contents of the Manual. Memorandums dated prior to April 2006 will not apply to projects that are being designed using the criteria of the Manual.

Bridge Drawings & Details

Drawings are available in Microstation DGN and PDF formats.

Drawings & Details

Bridge Memorandum

Bridge design memos included on this site have been approved by the South Carolina Department of Transportation and are effective as of dates shown on the memos.

These design memos depict design policies and guidelines that apply exclusively to bridge designers and consultants of the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Bridge design memos will be issued periodically and it shall be the responsibility of the receiver of these files to keep them current with any updates.

Memorandum Information

You may access the actual memos by visiting the Bridge Memos Page.

Bridge Memos page
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Seismic Design Specs

Seismic equipment being used on a new dirt road

Our Seismic Design Specifications for Highway Bridges (Specifications) provide bridge designers with a guide to design criteria, analysis methods and detailing procedures for the preparation of highway bridge plans. These Specifications supersede the seismic design requirements of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications for seismic design and analysis of South Carolina bridges.

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Consultant Seismic Information Request Form

Submit requests for seismic hazard map information to the appropriate Regional Production Group - Geotechnical Design Section. Use the Consultant Seismic Information Request - GDF 002 Form. For questions, refer to the Geotechnical Design Manual or contact the appropriate Regional Production Group - Geotechnical Design Section.

2008 Seismic Design Specifications

Seismic Design Specifications


2001 Seismic Design Specifications

2001 Seismic Design Specifications as amended by October 2002 Interim Revisions.
Seismic Design Specifications

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Seismic Research Reports

Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Mapping for South Carolina
South Carolina Seismic Hazard Maps Study for Bridges and Highways

Deaggregation Plots
Deaggregation Plots for 18 cities and towns.

Ground Response Analysis
Guide for Estimating the Dynamic Properties of South Carolina Soils for Ground Response Analysis

References

The documents on these pages make reference to these resources, which are provided by other agencies:
FHWA Seismic Team

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