This bridge infill work was part of Maine DOT’s Veranda Street Bridge Replacement Project, in Portland, Maine. Using rapid bridge replacement, the project took a three span bridge and converted it to a single span bridge.
To manage settlement due to up to 80′ of underlying WOH material, lightweight fill was needed to infill two spans, and backfill the new abutments. The absolute lowest unit weight possible requirement led to a hybrid cellular concrete/EPS fill design. The bulk of the infill is EPS blocks. However, due to the irregular surfaces, piers, etc., and the need for a lightweight load distribution slab, cellular concrete was integral to the design.
Over two mobilizations for the bridge infill, through snow and freezing temperatures, CJGeo placed 3200CY of 25lb/cuft CJFill-Ultra Lightweight cellular concrete for abutment backfilling and existing pier infills. Then, CJGeo placed 778CY of 30lb/cuft CJFill-Ultra Lighweight as a topping slab over the EPS fill masses.
To ensure high quality material and minimize weather-related risks, CJGeo used onsite batching to generate the material. A mobile batch plant custom built for generating cellular concrete mixes water and dry bulk cement onsite. The cement paste and foam blend continuously to generate a completely homogenous material. With a slump of around 11.5 inches, both densities of CJFill-Ultra Lightweight cellular concrete were able to flow around all of the existing structures and provide a void-free fill.
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