Rodney Staton Bridge

Location: Wyoming County, WV
Owner: WVDOH District 10
General Contractor: Brayman Construction Corp.
Value: $ 4.3 Million
Date Complete: November 2014

The Rodney Staton Memorial Bridge was the first ever post-tensioned precast deck panel bridge to be built in the state of West Virginia and to be built by Brayman. The bridge crosses R.D. Bailey Lake, which is located in the beautiful mountains of Wyoming County. The three pier bridge spans a total length of approximately 630'.

The Rodney Staton Memorial Bridge project involved the design/build rehabilitation of a 630lf, three pier structure. The approved design consisted of new approaches, major structural steel repairs, as well as complete deck replacement, utilizing 152ea full depth, post-tensioned precast panels.

Operations were half width, allowing an 11' live lane. At placement, six blockouts cast in each panels pocket clusters of welded shear connector studs installed on the bridge girders. After panel installation and adjustment to grade, transverse joints were pressure grouted. To maintain joints in compression for both live and dead loads, post-tensioning ducts allowed for longitudinal stressing and were also cast in the slabs.

Ducts, shear stud pockets and haunch were grouted after post-tensioning.Finally, a cast in place center strip provided full width deck continuity.

Additional work items consisted of hinge and bearing replacements, slipformed parapets, conversion of the existing abutments to semi-integral type abutments, a new paint system, and utility relocation.

Gaining popularity within the construction industry, precast deck panels offer benefits such as quality control and an expedited construction process. Although no longer an uncommon practice, the Rodney Staton project marks the first instance in West Virginia that a concrete bridge deck was replaced with precast deck panels.