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Sustainability of bridge maintenance

Balogun, Tomor; Tomor, Adrienn; Lamond, Jessica; Booth, Colin; Gouda, Hazem


Tomor Balogun

Adrienn Tomor
Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Jessica Lamond
Professor in Real Estate and Flood Risk Management

Colin Booth
AHOD in Research/ Associate Professor

Hazem Gouda


Bridge maintenance activities are important to consider within sustainable development due to the cost and environmental impact associated with various maintenance activities. Comparisons have been made between different bridge structural forms, based on materials, components and construction method, but less information is available on bridge maintenance activities to help decide a sustainable structural form. Typical maintenance aspects of the predominant forms of bridge structure (i.e. concrete, steel and masonry bridges) were considered in this study to reveal their sustainability in terms of materials, energy, transportation, human health and ecosystems. The results indicate that concrete and steel bridge maintenance activities have an average impact of 42% and 46% compared with 12% for masonry bridge maintenance activities. It is concluded that the component parts of concrete and steel bridges should be revised as they play an integral role in the selection of maintenance options.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Proceedings of the ICE - Bridge Engineering
Print ISSN 1478-4637
Electronic ISSN 1751-7664
Publisher Thomas Telford
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 172
Issue 1
Pages 54-64
Institution Citation Balogun, T., Tomor, A., Lamond, J., & Booth, C. (in press). Sustainability of bridge maintenance. Proceedings of the ICE - Bridge Engineering, 172(1), 54-64.
Keywords bridge, sustainability, life cycle assessment, bridge maintenance
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