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Bridge management for the 21st Century
Author(s): James Roberts; Richard Shepard
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Paper Abstract

There should be no argument that the quality of life and the economic vitality of modern civilizations are dependent on the infrastructures that support them. Of major importance is the transportation system that provides for the transport of goods and services as well as the mobility of the citizens within those civilizations. The enormous investment that Governments have made in highway systems since the 1950's has led the U.S. to be recognized as having the largest and most modern highway system in the world. Within this highway system, bridges are singly the most important link. Without bridges, highway transportation as we know it would cease to exist. In recognition of this, the California Department of Transportation continues to take aggressive actions in the protection of its bridge infrastructure as evidenced by the delivery efforts of the Seismic Retrofit Program and the creation of the Bridge Scour Mitigation Program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 August 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4337, Health Monitoring and Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems, (3 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.435616
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James Roberts, Caltrans (United States)
Richard Shepard, Caltrans (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4337:
Health Monitoring and Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems
Steven B. Chase; A. Emin Aktan, Editor(s)

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