Rapid Replacement of a Movable Steel Railway Bridge

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Journal Article

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Subject Area

operations - traffic, mode - rail


Water traffic, Vessel traffic, Train traffic, Traffic disruption, Traffic delay, Steel bridges, Rapid replacement, Railroad traffic, Railroad bridges, Movable bridges, Elevated railroads, Bridge replacement


Railway bridges must be replaced rapidly to avoid detrimental effects on the operation of the railway. Detour routes are sometimes not available and often not an economical option. This paper describes the planning and techniques used in the rapid replacement of a movable steel railway bridge with minimal interruption to railway and marine traffic.