What Will Happen to Local Rural Roads and Bridges

by C. Phillip Baumel, Iowa State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering 21st Century Highways


Much of the local rural road and bridge system was not designed for the heavy trucks and farm equipment that are currently using the system. The system will continue to deteriorate unless there is a large infusion of funds to reconstruct the roads and bridges or unless one or more cost reducing investment strategies are implemented. This paper summarizes the results of a study which evaluated the benefits and costs of several cost reducing strategies.

Subject Headings: Rural areas | Highways and roads | Bridges | Highway and road design | Bridge design | Highway and road conditions | Bridge-vehicle interaction | Agriculture

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