The number of bridges on the European road network that require maintenance is increasing and the direct cost of the engineering work necessary to maintain a satisfactory road network is high. There is therefore a need for rational methods for deciding how maintenance budgets should be allocated to ensure that they are used cost effectively. The most appropriate maintenance strategy for a stock of bridges is a complex subject and there are a number of issues that determine the most economic strategy. These include: (1) condition of the structure; (2) load carrying capacity; (3) rate of deterioration; (4) maintenance treatments available and their effectiveness, lifetime and cost; (5) traffic management costs; (6) traffic flow rates and the associated delay costs; (7) cost of working in the future discounted to present day values; (8) the costs accruing from improvements such as strengthening or bridge widening; and (9) implications for safety and traffic flow if the work is not carried out immediately. By taking all these factors into account it should be possible to develop a programme of maintenance work optimised to achieve a standard condition at a minimum lifetime cost. This paper gives an overview of a European research project on Bridge Management in Europe (BRIME) which is being undertaken to develop an outline framework for a bridge management system for the European road network. It also summarises the results of a worldwide review of bridge management systems. For the covering abstract see ITRD E106406.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 12-19

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  • Accession Number: 00801535
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-7277-2854-7
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2000 12:00AM