Bridge Repair on the Fast Track

by Gerard J. Grippo, 134 Salem St., 6, Malden, MA 02148,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 2, Pg. 64-66

Document Type: Feature article


For repair with tight deadlines, conventional approaches to inspection and repair might not be fast enough. Where the concept of design-build leaves off, the contractual solution of inspect-repair picks up, conflating inspection and repair into one operation, and accelerating a time-consuming, costly process. Conventional wisdom for a bridge-repair project typically dictates three sequential phases: inspection, design, then construction. A linear approach may be essential when repairs are design-intensive or complex, but can stretch the entire project over several years. A long delay between the initial bridge inspection and start of repair work allows further deterioration and compounds repair costs. For certain repair projects, especially those that demand a timely start, this sequential method of contracting may have to give way to the new concept of inspect-repair.

Subject Headings: Rehabilitation | Inspection | Project management | Maintenance and operation | Infrastructure construction | Bridge management | Linear functions

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