THE ECONOMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF BRIDGE MANAGEMENT

Volume 5, Issue 1, February 2023     |     PP. 1-15      |     PDF (1713 K)    |     Pub. Date: May 22, 2023
DOI: 10.54647/tte580059    78 Downloads     65664 Views  

Author(s)

José C. Almeida, PhD, CISE - Electromechatronic Systems Research Centre, Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, UTC de Engenharia e Tecnologia, Avenida Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro, n.º 50, 6300-559 Guarda, Portugal

Abstract
Sustainable mobility is a major global challenge that affects the future of humanity and the planet. Economic growth depends on high levels of motorization, which produce greenhouse gases and other pollutants from vehicle emissions. These emissions harm the environment and human health. To address this challenge, we need to optimize traffic flow on busy roads and work zones, and consider the environmental and economic impacts of different bridge designs. In this paper, we present a methodology to quantify and optimize the total costs and vehicle emissions for various concrete bridge solutions. We apply this methodology to a real bridge on the A25 highway in Portugal, which connects Aveiro to Vilar Formoso crossing Portugal from the Spanish border to the sea. It compares different construction materials in terms of their deterioration rate, lifetime, and environmental and economic effects, to support decision making.

Keywords
Bridge management; deterioration; life cycle costing; greenhouse gases

Cite this paper
José C. Almeida, THE ECONOMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF BRIDGE MANAGEMENT , SCIREA Journal of Traffic and Transportation. Volume 5, Issue 1, February 2023 | PP. 1-15. 10.54647/tte580059

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