Maintenance Manual for Roadways and Bridges

Maintenance Manual for Roadways and Bridges

Intended for persons early in their career in roadway and bridge maintenance, the Maintenance
Manual for Roadways and Bridges will assist them in understanding the various processes, methods,
and materials that are applied to maintain the bridge and highway system effectively. Also intended
to be a dynamic document, the manual will need to be updated as research and applications change

the relevant content sections. Historically, highway maintenance has encompassed personnel man-
agement, materials selection, equipment use, and application of methods to react to problems in

bridges and roadways, budgeting, and planning. The field is now evolving into a new engineering
science of its own, resulting from a synergistic combination of traditional civil engineering, industrial

engineering, business management, materials science, industrial psychology, and environmental sci-
ence. This manual is envisioned as the first step in documenting that transition; this first-generation

text will lead and guide the professional development of the engineering managers of roadway and
bridge maintenance in the beginning of the 21st century.

This manual, however, will need to be used in conjunction with your own agency’s maintenance
operation policy manual, maintenance standards publication, and organizational operation guides.
The effective engineering manager of maintenance in the 21st century will have to supplement the

education and experience brought to the maintenance position with self-study, continuing profes-
sional education, and on-the-job training in management principles and concepts.

Some illustrations and examples in this manual show a particular product, brand, trademark,
agency, or company. AASHTO does not endorse any manufactured product, licensed process, or other
proprietary item shown in this manual. All such illustrations are provided to make the accompanying
text more understandable, and no reference to such items in this manual should be construed as an


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