Bridge Preservation and Maintenance in Europe and South Africa

The Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and National Cooperative Highway Research Program sponsored a scanning study of how highway agencies in Europe an South Africa handle bridge maintenance, management, and preservation. The U.S. delegation met with bridge preservation and maintenance experts from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The scanning study focused on bridge management systems, inspection practices, permit load evaluation and routing, and innovative maintenance practices in those countries. The scanning team's recommendations for U.S. application include establishing several types of and intervals for bridge inspection, and requiring different levels of inspector certification. The team also recommends research projects and syntheses to expand bridge management systems to include all highway structures, incorporate risk assessment in formation of network maintenance programs, evaluate the cost-effectiveness of proactive maintenance, study the success of waterproofing measures for protecting reinforced concrete members, evaluate coordinated maintenance planning for roads and structures to achieve minimum traffic disruption in a corridor, and examine procedures for load rating of bridges.

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    American Trade Initiatives

    P.O. Box 8228
    Alexandria, VA  United States  22306-8228

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of International Programs, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hearn, George
    • Puckett, Jay
    • Friedland, Ian
    • Everett, Tom
    • Hurst, Kenneth
    • Romack, George
    • Christian, George
    • Shepard, Richard
    • Thompson, Todd
    • Young, Ronald
  • Publication Date: 2005-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 150p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01006033
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-PL-04-007
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-99-C-0005
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 3 2005 2:30PM