Developing a National Database System for Maintenance Actions on Highway Bridges

Background: A variety of maintenance actions are performed by highway agencies to preserve highway bridges. Although similar maintenance actions are applied, applications methods, rates, bases of measurement, costs, performance, and other related factors differ among these agencies. There is no widely accepted system for uniformly recording data pertaining to maintenance actions. Research is needed to review relevant information; recommend uniform definitions of the data associated with maintenance actions, and develop a database system for collection, storage, and retrieval of related data. These definitions and the database system will ensure proper interpretation of the data, facilitate their use by highway agencies in evaluating cost and performance of alternative maintenance applications, and provide a basis for cost-benefit analysis and evaluation of cost and deterioration models. These products will provide for maximum sharing and use of bridge-maintenance data and will help highway agencies make appropriate adjustments to improve performance or reduce cost of maintenance actions, thereby effectively managing bridge-maintenance resources and achieving the best possible value for the public dollar. Objective: The objective of this research was to develop a national database system of bridge-maintenance actions, materials, and methods, and their effectiveness to provide a means for establishing a record of actions that includes uniform descriptions of maintenance activities, bases of measurement, costs, impacts, performance, and other relevant data for use in cost-benefit analysis, selection of maintenance actions, or other related decisions. It was envisioned that the database system will be made adaptable for web-based application in a future project. Status: The project is complete. The research developed a framework for a database system that promotes uniform recording and reporting of bridge maintenance actions and related costs and outcomes. The database system, called the National Bridge Maintenance Database (NBMD), allows DOTs to evaluate costs and performance of maintenance actions, execute cost-benefit analysis, and better manage bridge maintenance resources. The final report has been published as NCHRP Report 668 and distributed to Program sponsors (state departments of Transportation). The report is available at and the appendices are available at


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $427633
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 14-15

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Hanna, Amir

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Colorado, Boulder

    130 Academy Building, 970 Aurora Avenue
    Boulder, CO  United States  80309
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hearn, George

  • Start Date: 20050826
  • Expected Completion Date: 20100331
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100331
  • Source Data: RiP Project 10571

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557253
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 14-15
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 19 2015 1:01AM