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Roadway bridges, being one of the most critical road infrastructures components, require regular maintenance actions. Therefore, it becomes important to define strategies to maximize societal benefits, derived from the investment made in these assets. Consequently, this investment should be planned, effectively managed and technically supported by appropriate management systems. For this purpose, authorities need to produce an asset management plan which should, not only define the goals to be achieved by ex-ploiting the roadway bridge network, but also identify the investment needs and priorities based on a life cycle cost criteria. Additionally, a proper condition assessment of these assets must be conducted to support the decision-making process regarding their preservation.
CitationCampos, J., Casas, J. COST Action TU1406 quality specifications for roadway bridges (BridgeSpec). A: International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management. "Maintenance, Monitoring, Safety, Risk and Resilience of Bridges and Bridge Networks". Foz do Iguaçu: CRC Press Taylor, 2016, p. 1-8.
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