List of Abbreviations

In developing bridge project plan sheets, adhered to these rules:

  • Minimize the use of abbreviations.
  • Complete sentences should not contain abbreviations.
  • Reduce the use of back to back abbreviations in the same call-out.
  • Use abbreviations without a period for clarity unless otherwise indicated in the table below.
  • When space requirements necessitate the use of abbreviations, follow this table:
Word Abbreviation
Abutment Abut
Alternate Alt
And &
Approach Appr
Approximate Approx
Asphaltic Concrete AC
At @
Avenue Ave
Back Face BF
Back Wall BW
Bank Protection Bank Prot
Bearing Brg
Beginning Beg
Bench Mark BM
Bituminous Joint Bit Jt
Bottom Bot
Boulevard Blvd
Boundary Bndry
Bridge Br
Building Bldg
Cast-In-Place CIP
Cast-In-Place Concrete Box Culvert CIP CBC
Center Ctr
Center of Gravity c.g.
Center to Center C to C
Clear Clr
Column Col
Concrete Conc
Concrete Box Culvert CBC
Concrete Pipe Conc Pipe
Construction Constr
Continuous Cont
Correction Corr
Corrugated Metal Pipe CMP
Culvert Culv
Curve to Spiral CS
Department Dept
Diameter Dia
Diaphragm Diaph
Dimension Dim
Discharge Q
Division Div
Drawing Dwg
Drive Dr
East Bound EB
Elevation El
Embankment Emb
Engineer Engr
Equal Eq
Excavation Excav
Existing Exst
Existing Ground Line Exst Gnd Line
Expansion Exp
Extend, Extension or Exterior Ext
Federal Fed
Figure Fig
Flange Flg
Floor Flr
Flow Rate Q
Footing Ftg
Front Face FF
Galvanized Galv
Gauge Ga
Girder Gir
Government Govt
Grade Gr
Grade Separation Gr Sep
Ground Line Gnd Line
Guard Grd
Handrail Hdrl
Headwall Hdwl
Height Ht
High Strength HS
High Water HW
Highway Hwy
Horizontal Horiz
Inside Diameter ID
Interior int
Intermediate interm
Joint Jt
Junction Jct
Laboratory Lab
Latitude Lat
Left Lt
Length Lgth
Linear Feet LF
Longitudinal Longit
Lump Sum LS
Manhole MH
Material Mtl
Maximum Max
Mile mi.
Mile Post MP
Minimum Min
Miscellaneous Misc
National Natl
North Bound NB
Number No.
Opposite Opp
Outside Diameter OD
Overpass OP
Parallel //
Parkway Pkwy
Percent %
Point of Tangency PT
Point of Curve POC
Point of Intersection POI
Point of Tangent POT
Point of Vertical Curvature PVC
Point of Vertical Intersection PVI
Point of Vertical Tangent PVT
Prefabrication Prefab
Preliminary Prelim
Property Prop
Protection Prot
Quantity Qty
Radius R
Railroad RR
Reinforced Reinf
Reinforced Concrete RC
Reinforced Concrete Box Culvert RCBC
Reinforced Concrete Pipe RCP
Required Reqd
Right Rt
Right-of-Way R/W
Road Rd
Roadway Rdwy
Section Sect
Sheet Sht
Shoulder Shldr
Skew Sk
South Bound SB
Space(s) Spa
Special Spcl
Spiral to Curve SC
Spiral to Tangent ST
Standard Std
Station Sta
Stiffener Stif
Street St
Structural Str
Survey Survey
Symmetrical Symm
Tangent to Spiral TS
Temporary Concrete Barrier TCB
Tons T
Transverse Trans
Typical Typ
Underpass UP
Vertical Vert
Vertical Curve VC
West Bound WB
Unit Abbreviation
Cubic Cu
Cubic Feet CF
Cubic Feet per Second cfs
Cubic Yard CY
Degree Fahrenheit oF
Each Ea
Feet or Foot Ft
Inches in.
Kips per Square Feet ksf
Kips per Square Inch ksi
Pounds Lbs
Pounds per Square Feet psf
Pounds per Square Inch psi
Square Feet SF
Square Yard SY