High Strength Bolting Techniques Training Program

The ABCD Eastern NY Chapter is cosponsoring the AGC Fall Bolting Conference being held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 starting at 8am, at the AGC NYS CLC Joint Event with AIA NYS and ACEC NY at The Saratoga Hilon, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. This is a low-cost, all day training worth 8PDHs. If interested, please fill out and return the registration form.

High strength bolting is a fundamental element in the construction of modern steel structures. A working knowledge of bolting design, fabrication, and installation techniques is essential during all aspects of the construction process including inspection. This course will benefit new and experienced professionals seeking an increased understanding and awareness of bolted connections for structural steel systems. Limited to 50 registrants.

This important course incorporates recent changes to DOT’s NYS Steel Construction Manual and provides time-saving and quality enhancing best practices. Participants will receive “hands-on” experience in achieving specified bolt tensions with bolts of varying conditions using a Skidmore–Wilhelm bolt tension calibrator.

The 2016 Bridge Award

Prospect Mountain Interchange

NYS Route 17/I-81 over US Route 11 and Chenango River

Project Description

As part of a major reconstruction project in the City of Binghamton, replacement of the NY 17/ I-81 interchange over US Route 11 and the Chenango River, locally known as the Prospect Mountain Interchange, is a demonstration of New York’s commitment to rebuilding its infrastructure. Project objectives included eliminating structural and operational deficiencies and improving safety, but the interchange bridges have become an icon of upstate revitalization. The interchange bridges are constructed using long-span continuous multi-girder curved steel superstructures supported on large hammer-head piers and a combination of conventional cantilever and MSE abutments. Design and construction of the Prospect Mountain Interchange bridges had several unique and complex challenges. Successful completion of this project makes this nominee a strong candidate for recognition.

Notable Factors of the Interchange

$11. Unique Geometry - The highway alignments carried by the bridges included tangents, spirals, and circular curves. Additionally, the bridges had to accommodate the confluence of 2 ramps coming together and emerging as one highway.

$ 2. Complex Superstructure Design - Designed using the AASHTO Load and Resistance Factored Design (LRFD) code this bridge had significant, challenging design hurdles. NYSDOT purchased the MDX software package specifically to perform the analysis and code check involved with this project. This finite element modeling program was used to create a model and run the analysis.

$13. Special Design Features - Stainless steel reinforcement, internal curing concrete, and optional precast alternative made the deck a special feature of these bridges. By reducing the amount of deck cracking and reinforcement corrosion, the designers achieved outstanding long-term deck performance.

$14. Complex Construction Staging - The bridges were designed keeping the traveling public in mind. The project included construction staging allowing all highways passing through the interchange to remain open throughout construction. This was partly accomplished by placing the new bridges on adjacent alignments allowing most of the substructure work to be completed in the first construction season without any impact to traffic.

$15. Aesthetic Details – Because the project site contains 2 publicly accessible areas aesthetics was considered to be a central part of the pier design. A multi-use path runs along the west side of the river and Cheri Lindsey Park is in the southeast corner of the site. As can be seen in the photos below the appearance of the piers from these 2 locations was an important part of the project.Site Plan PMI RevThe interchange bridges are made up of 6 structurally independent segments, 3 for I-81 NB/ NY 17 WB and 3 for I-81 SB/ NY 17 EB; 2 ramp segments and an overlap segment. The individual ramp segments are separated from the overlap segments by a mid-river modular joint. The adjoining superstructures share the mid-river double pier which supports 2 lines of bearings.

Year 1 Construction RevYear 1 Construction looking east – Traffic is maintained on the existing bridges while first segments of the new bridges are constructed on adjacent alignments.

Girder Erection RevGirder Erection for NY Route 17 WB – Extensive falsework is used to support the partially completed structure. Construction of this segment is further complicated by the previously erected I-81 SB steel directly below.

Completed Structure 1 RevCompleted I-81 NB/ NY 17 WB Overlap and NY 17 WB structures looking west from Cheri Lindsey Park – The 2 closest piers are double Piers made to look like 2 adjacent hammerhead piers, matching the individual hammerhead piers supporting the ramp segments beyond.

Completed Structure 2 RevCompleted NY 17 WB Ramp over I-81 SB Ramp looking west – Detail of the aesthetic piers can be appreciated from the multi-use path along the banks of the Chenango River. The vertical column includes 2 ribbons of horizontal flutes expressing the vertical dominance the bridge has over the site. Additionally, the column elements are wider than the cap, giving their combination the appearance of overlapping elements thereby providing a visual connection between cap and column.

Letter from the ABCDENY President

2012Cooper photoAnnual ABCD Membership Dues for calendar year 2017 are due and payable by March 31, 2017. A copy of our Membership Renewal Form will be mailed to each member. The annual membership dues are $30, payable to "Eastern New York ABCD." Please review, update and return the Renewal Form so that we may keep your records up to date.

Increased Community Involvement

The annual dues are used to maintain our support for the engineering community events that our members have consistently participated in over the past 20+ years. These events include Engineer's Week and the model bridge competition we co-sponsor with ASCE/SEI; the Capital District Future City Competition for middle school students interested in the engineering profession; and the Statewide Conference on Local Bridges. With our support, these events continue to advance the profession of bridge engineering and construction.

Corporate Sponsorship

In 2017 we will be asking for your organization’s financial support by becoming a sponsor of the ABCD Eastern NY Chapter to help us sustain and expand the mission of our organization, promote our industry to the local community as a whole, as well as future generations of Engineers, Contractors and Suppliers.
By becoming a sponsor, your organization’s name will be included in all correspondence issued by the ABCD Eastern NY Chapter. Supporting members will be listed on the left side margin of all flyers, letters, and on each page of our website. To find specific details and benefits of the two levels of sponsorship available to your organization please click here.

Membership Recruitment Drive

This year again the Board of Directors has also renewed the Special Membership Recruitment drive. Members that recruit one new member in 2017 will receive a $10 credit towards their 2018 membership dues. If a member recruits two new members in 2017, they will receive free membership in 2018. In order to receive credit for your recruiting efforts, please distribute copies of the Special Membership Recruitment Form to potential new members with your name printed under the "Nominating Member" section.

Why be involved in ABCD?

"ABCD is a community of bridge owners, designers, constructors, and suppliers devoted to improving and encouraging the science of bridge design and construction by providing a forum for members to exchange and develop new ideas and techniques".

The Eastern NY Chapter has a range of members with varied experience in all facets of bridge engineering and construction. In line with our Mission Statement, our technical programs are selected so that members from all aspects of our industry can come together to share knowledge and ideas for the betterment of our New York State infrastructure. We will continue to offer a program consisting of project case studies, technical seminars, training, and site tours on topics of interest to our membership. With your support, the Eastern New York Chapter of ABCD will continue to serve the Capital District bridge community and provide an outlet for sharing industry knowledge.

Feel free to contact any of our committee chairmen or Directors if you have questions.  For all that we can do together; we urge you to maintain your membership and continue to invite your co-workers and associates to join ABCD.


C. Michael Cooper, P.E.

President, Eastern New York Chapter of ABCD

Associate Sponsors

Creighton Manning Eng., LLP
Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
MJ Eng. & Land Surveying, PC
The Fort Miller Group, Inc. 

Contributing Sponsors

Owner Agencies

NYS Department of Transportation
NYS Thruway Authority

Board Members

L. Joshua French, President
Charles Tutunjian, President Elect
Mark Olstad, Treasurer
Jack Wheeler, Secretary
Julianne Fuda
Michael Belsky
Dan Eckert
Ryan Henderson
Koby Greene
Andrea Riedman
Geoff Frazier

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