Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Emergency Repair of the PA/NJ Turnpike Connector Bridge - 1.0 PDH

Valley Forge Casino Resort (formerly Radisson)
1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Meeting Area Location:  Parkview Ballroom

members $45; non-members $50; government $25; students $15



In January 2017, a fracture in the top tension chord of a four-span continuous deck truss was discovered, forcing the immediate closure of the bridge connecting the PA and NJ Turnpike’s over the Delaware River at Bristol, PA.  Within hours, emergency repair designs were underway along with the fabrication of temporary splices.  Concurrently, the construction of emergency shoring/jacking towers had begun, and a plan was being developed to assess the 14 spans of deck trusses comprising the PA and NJ approaches. The bridge was reopened less than seven weeks after the date of fracture.  Learn how the jacking and restoration of the chord made a difference, as well as what sorts of material and nondestructive tests conducted were conducted.


Jim Stump, PE - Mr. Stump is the Bridge Engineer Manager for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Jim has been employed by the Commission for 25 years and has 29 years of transportation related experience. As the Bridge Engineer Manager, Jim oversees the Commission's Bridge Program which includes the design, rehabilitation and inspections of over 1100 structures as well the Commission's five sets of tunnels. Jim graduated from Penn State University with Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is a member of the Association of Bridge Construction and Design, American Society of Highway Engineers, and the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Meeting schedule:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm  Social and Registration
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm  Dinner (chicken/fish/vegetarian) - please note preference in response
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm  Program

To register (REQUIRED):
Register Here (link), or you may email Jack Cardinal <jcardinal@figgbridge.com> or call
610-594-2460, Extension 3046 by the Thursday before the meeting at 5:00 pm (9/21/2017).  

Mail checks payable to SEI-Phila Chapter (or bring to the meeting) to:
SEI Treasurer Mr. Daniel Kucz
100 Campbell Blvd, Suite 100
Exton, PA 19341


**Payment must be made for the cost of dinner if you make a reservation but are not able to attend, since we must pay this cost to the caterer.**