A pilot study for inspection, damage assessment and management of bridges in Turkey

Akgül, Ferhat
Masoumi, Faraz
Bridges are one of the most vulnerable elements in the road network and one of the most expensive when a repair or replacement action becomes necessary. Maintenance, repair and replacement actions for bridges become necessary due to aging of these structures in time. Apart from heavy traffic loading, the most prominent cause of bridge aging is material deterioration in time due to environmental factors. In the long term, the bridge engineering is expected to gradually focus more on the inevitable stage of maintaining the existing bridges than the stage of constructing new bridges. In Turkey, a large part of existing bridges must be maintained and repaired properly before they become deficient in the near future. A report has indicated that approximately 50% of bridges in Turkey are 50 years of age or older. This paper reports on research conducted to assess the present status of highway bridges in Turkey. 200 bridges over the highways connected three big cities of Turkey are selected and their condition state evaluations are done based on visual inspections. The authors suggest that maintenance, repair and rehabilitation actions should be done to remedy and eliminate serious damages.
Citation Formats
F. Akgül and F. Masoumi, “A pilot study for inspection, damage assessment and management of bridges in Turkey,” presented at the Smart Monitoring Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures, (September 2013), Istanbul, Turkey, 2013, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/77903.