06 May 2008
Acting US Federal Highway Administrator Jim Ray has announced a 20-year research effort to collect data on bridges nationwide aimed at improving investment decisions. The Rutgers University Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) has been awarded a contract, worth up to US$25.5 million, to carry out the programme through to 2012.
The Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) programme will involve the collection and analysis of performance data on selected US bridges to understand how they react under given conditions. The data will be used for a variety of purposes, including the study of deterioration and durability and the impacts of maintenance and repair. Researchers expect the programme to provide a better understanding of deterioration, including the effects of corrosion, fatigue, environmental conditions and loadings.
The work will be carried out by a broad-based team assembled by CAIT representing state, local, and federal agencies, industry and academia.