Retrofit with Multistrand Tendons

Built in 1969 the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge is an unmistakable landmark of downtown San Diego and one of the seven large state-owned toll bridges that are currently undergoing seismic upgrading.

The 20-m wide bridge carries 75,000 vehicles per day connecting the Coronado peninsula to the major I-5 highway that runs through San Diego. The main toll bridge consists of 32 spans, is about 2,380 m long, and has three main channel spans with lengths up to 198 m.

The superstructure is a steel box supported on twin, up to 60 m tall, reinforced concrete piers. The bridge is built on an active seismic fault zone that created great challenges to the designers that had to take into consideration among others, a fault rupture of nearly 1 m of ground displacement. Seismic design required seismic isolation at shorter piers and strengthening of the column cap beams. Strengthening was accomplished by adding concrete to the cap section and post-tensioned with DYWIDAG multistrand and THREADBAR tendons placed in both directions.

Construction of this $95 million retrofit project is under way and was successfully completed at the end of 2002.


California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

McDaniel Engineering Company / J.Muller International, San Diego, California, USA