Designing Bridges for Service Life

This Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) project brief describes the Design Guide for Bridges for Service Life (the Guide), which was produced in Bridges for Service Life beyond 100 Years: Innovative Systems, Subsystems, and Components (SHRP 2 Project R19A). The main objective of the Guide is to provide information and define procedures for systematically designing for service life and durability for both new and existing bridges. It includes new concepts and approaches that offer improvements to current practice and have the potential to enhance the service life of bridges. The Guide is intended to equip users with the knowledge needed to develop specific optimal solutions for a bridge. The Guide’s approach to designing for service life is based on a framework, outlined in 12 steps, that is applicable to all bridges and adaptable to specifics that vary from bridge to bridge. This project brief provides an overview of the Guide and its 12 steps.

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  • Publication Date: 2013-8


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  • Accession Number: 01490759
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  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 30 2013 1:48PM