AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications
|Publication Date:||1 January 2010|
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The Strength I Limit State in the AASHTO LRFD Design Specifications has been calibrated for a target reliability index of 3.5 with a corresponding probability of exceedance of 2.0E-04 during the 75-yr design life of the bridge. This 75-yr reliability is equivalent to an annual probability of exceedance of 2.7E-06 with a corresponding annual target reliability index of 4.6. Similar calibration efforts for the Service Limit States are underway. Return periods for extreme events are often based on annual probability of exceedance and caution must be used when comparing reliability indices of various limit states.