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Sustainability of bridge maintenance

Balogun, Teslim B.; Tomor, Adrienn; Lamond, Jessica; Gouda, Hazem; Booth, Colin A.


Teslim B. Balogun

Adrienn Tomor

Jessica Lamond
College Dean for Research & Enterprise

Hazem Gouda

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Colin Booth
Professor of Smart and Sustainable Infrastructures


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.


Balogun, T. B., Tomor, A., Lamond, J., Gouda, H., & Booth, C. A. (2019). Sustainability of bridge maintenance. Proceedings of the ICE - Bridge Engineering, 172(1), 54-64.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 9, 2018
Online Publication Date Feb 20, 2019
Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 11, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 21, 2020
Journal Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: 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Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed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
Keywords bridge, sustainability, life cycle assessment, bridge maintenance
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