Forensic Engineering Investigation & Analysis of Bridge Overlay Failure

The Pulaski Skyway Bridge Project consisted of a steel truss bridge supporting a concrete bridge deck with repairs where the top 1.5 inches of concrete bridge deck was replaced with a latex modified concrete topping along the entire length. Shortly after, the repairs began to exhibit premature failure in the form of reflective cracking around the perimeter of the repaired area, then debonding, followed by cracking of the patch repair material causing eventual potholes in the bridge deck. CA’s investigation involved, among others, review of daily log reports, expert reports, and other relevant documents, and a site visit during which a visual condition survey was performed to determine the cause(s) of the observed premature patch repair failures in the bridge deck.