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Bridge Link roadway overtopping can be represented as a Broad-crested weir with the following coefficient attributes based on the FHWA Design Manual.


Figure 1: Roadway overtopping


Roadway overtopping will begin when the headwater rises to the elevation of the roadway (Figure 1). The overtopping will usually occur at the low point of a sag vertical curve on the roadway. The flow will be similar to flow over a broad crested weir. Flow coefficients for flow overtopping roadway embankments are found in HDS No. 1, Hydraulics of Bridge Waterways, as well as in documentation of HY-7, the Bridge Waterways Analysis Model. Curves from the Bridge Waterways Analysis Model reference are shown in Figure 2 below. Figure 2-A is for deep ovetopping, Figure 2-B is for shallow overtopping, and Figure 2-C is a correction factor for downstream submergence. The equation below defines the flow across the roadway.

Q0=CdLHWr1.5 

Where: 

Q0 = the overtopping flow rate in m3/s (ft3/s)

Cd = the overtopping discharge coefficient (for use in SI units, see note below)

L = the length of the roadway crest, in m or ft

HWr = the upstream depth, measured from the roadway crest to the water surface upstream of the weir drawdown, in m or ft.

Note

Cd is determined from Figure 2, and other English unit research must be corrected by a factor of 0.552 [Cd (SI) = 0.552 (Cd English)]


Figure 2 - English Discharge Coefficients for Roadway Overtopping


Other Bridge Link Data is discussed on the Bridge Link Help topic section. 


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