The Economy of Preventive Maintenance of Concrete Bridges

A cost-effective bridge is a bridge whose maintenance is based on its chemical condition over it's entire service life. If deterioration mechanisms are prevented, a bridge would cost considerably less to maintain and safely serves its full design service life, if not longer. The current practice for physical evaluation and delayed maintenance of deteriorated concrete bridges is fundamentally wrong. The current inspection manuals are primarily focused on detecting physical damage in concrete bridge elements. If no physical damage is detected, very minimal maintenance actions are taken. This is the main reason why the number of United States (US) bridges that are classified structurally deficient is on the rise. Given the need for future expansion of the US transportation network and increase in number of new bridges, there is a need for cost-effective maintenance process that prevents deterioration mechanism from starting, or at least stops it at a very early stage.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Project Managers:

    Eickemeyer, Penny

  • Performing Organizations:

    Syracuse University

    Institution of Transportation and Traffic Engineering
    Syracuse, NY  United States  13244-2130
  • Principal Investigators:

    Aboutaha, Riyad

  • Start Date: 20140301
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20151031
  • Source Data: RiP Project 36162

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01569598
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 49997-27-25
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 17 2015 1:00AM