Throughout history, bridges have always been important and valuable structures in their own right and as part of our infrastructure, allowing faster and easier communication and transportation for people, livestock and merchandise.
This means that by their very nature, bridges are built in areas where the topography, the ground conditions, or other existing structures and developments mean that these locations are not suitable for conventional pathways, roads or railway construction
Due to the seemingly continuous increase in traffic frequency and design load across our bridge structures, additional stress and strain are also constantly being imposed on them.
Modern bridges are built predominantly in reinforced concrete and are these are generally designed with a service life expectancy of more than 100 years.
Recent surveys have shown that the majority of our existing bridges already exhibit some significant degree of degradation
and many of them are therefore in need of substantial and often urgent, repair and refurbishment works.
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