This report contains the findings of a scanning review conducted to capture a broad overview of bridge technology in Europe with the goal of identifying technologies and practices that merit further consideration. The report includes observations made by the scanning review members and lists recommendations that merit consideration by public and private agencies. The contents of the report will be of interest to those involved in planning, designing, and constructing bridge projects. The report, prepared collectively by members of the review team, documents the observations made in five European countries - Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, and the United Kingdom. It reviews European bridge practices in the areas of policy, administration, and management; design philosophies and methods; materials; production and fabrication; bridge management systems; and maintenance. In addition, the report discusses the potential technical, economic, and environmental advantages of European practices. Finally the report provides 18 recommendations that merit consideration by public and private agencies to increase service life, reduce maintenance, and improve the aesthetics of bridge structures.

  • Record URL:
  • Availability:
  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 36 p.
  • Serial:
    • NCHRP Report
    • Issue Number: 381
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0077-5614
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725008
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309057175
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project 20-36 FY '94
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1996 12:00AM