Research for AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways. Task 399. Identifying Bridge Maintenance and Preservation Activities which Minimize Environmental Impact

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) legislation established national goals for infrastructure condition, congestion reduction, environmental sustainability and reduced project delivery delays. In 2015, these goals were carried forward in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). Bridge Maintenance and Preservation activities which minimize environmental impacts can have positive impacts on these national goals: (1) Infrastructure condition - Timely coating system and joint seal maintenance can extend bridge life and prevent the deposition of hazardous paint and other materials into waterways. (2) Congestion reduction - Bridge deck maintenance on bridges in fair condition can reduce traffic noise, speed change cycles, and truck detours. Timely preservation work may also reduce work zone disruptions and other negative aspects of bridge operations and life cycle. (3) Environmental sustainability - Reduced material and energy needs may result from extended bridge life and reduce the need for more significant impacts associated with bridge replacement. (4) Reduced project delivery delays – Activities which minimize environmental impacts can reduce the time required to obtain environmental documents and permits. Bridge Preservation Practitioners require a current summary of transportation agency practices and procedures which minimize environmental impacts during bridge maintenance and preservation activities. The objective of this project is to identify effective practices and provide the information needed to develop guidelines to assist bridge owners in selecting the most appropriate strategies and procedures for Bridge Maintenance and Preservation activities which minimize environmental impacts. The project will produce a list of standard actions in bridge maintenance and preservation with assessments of relative environmental impacts of each.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-07, Task 399

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Dekelbab, Waseem

  • Performing Organizations:

    Greenman Pedersen Incorporated

    530 Gaither Road #100
    Rockville, MD  United States  20850
  • Principal Investigators:

    McVoy, Gary

  • Start Date: 20170104
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180228
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41543

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01631706
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-07, Task 399
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 1 2017 2:33AM