Wind Load Provisions in 2001 AASHTO Supports Specifications

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  • The AASHTO Standard Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaires and Traffic Signals (Supports Specifications) has been revised in its entirety through a major research project conducted under the auspices of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP Project 17-10). The new document was approved in 1999 by all state departments of transportation for adoption by AASHTO and was published in 2001. A major part of the revisions included new provisions and criteria for wind loads. These provisions differ considerably from those in previous editions of the specifications. A review of the changes in the wind load provisions of the 2001 Supports Specifications is presented. These changes, which are primarily due to the adoption of a new wind speed map based on a 3-s gust, could result in a significant increase in the magnitude of wind pressure in hurricane areas and a decrease in inland areas depending on location and structure type.
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  • Fouad FH; Calvert E
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  • 10
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  • 18
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  • 1845