The article describes how New York City is spending money to keep bridges in repair, and finding it is less expensive to do so in the long run. The City has embarked on a comprehensive program that will keep its bridges in first-class shape in the year 2000. First, its new Bureau of Bridges must put them in shape at a cost of $3 billion in capital funds and nearly $60 million in maintenance funds for the next 10 years. New York City Department of Transportation efforts in this arena are described. City funds have been committed to fund the program and phase it in over the next four years. A consortium of civil engineering professors from 5 universities was formed to recommend the particulars of the desired world-class program and make a formal report. The consortium recommended that preventive maintenance be applied to all bridges, even those in poor condition. The objective is to keep bridges in service over maximum life spans.

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  • Accession Number: 00488376
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1989 12:00AM