This article discusses the development of standardized nationwide bridge painting specifications and the benefits that can accrue to owners, engineers, manufacturers, contractors, and inspectors. The author describes the earlier specifications, including those developed by the Northeast Protective Coating Committee (NEPCOAT), and the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) who developed the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP). The author then discusses the next step, the creation of an "NTSPEC" document, which would increase contractor familiarity with bridge painting across the country by standardizing the requirements. Inspectors would become more familiar with all the inspection points and the monitoring and testing required. The author stresses that the ultimate benefit is reduced costs in both coatings design and installation. The author briefly outlines existing specification requirements for submittals, ambient conditions, surface cleanliness and profile, coating mixing, film continuity, and environmental protection and monitoring. The article concludes by addressing some of the concerns that will be raised by those who may resist changes to existing state painting specifications, and by offering suggestions about the format of NTSPEC. One sidebar summarizes the specification of coatings for highway bridges in Europe.

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    Technology Publishing Company

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  • Authors:
    • Trimber, K A
  • Publication Date: 2005-2


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  • Accession Number: 00987520
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 17 2005 12:00AM