Developing the Next Generation of Bridges: The Long-Term Bridge Performance Program

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Long–Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) program is leading the way toward a better future for bridge performance. Launched in 2008 and now in its pilot project phase, the LTBP program will collect, maintain, and study high–quality, quantitative performance data for a representative sample of bridges nationwide. These bridges will feature many structural types and materials, as well as variations in geometry, age, traffic volume, truck loads, and climatic conditions. “This innovative program will lead the way towards identifying high–value, state–of–the–art procedures and practices for assuring bridge performance from cradle to grave,” said Firas I. Sheikh Ibrahim, Team Leader for Infrastructure Management in FHWA’s Office of Infrastructure Research and Development.

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