Development of a Bridge Resource Program for the New Jersey Department of Transportation

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CAIT project no.: CAIT-UTC-006

Fiscal Year: 2012/2013

Status: Final

Rutgers-CAIT Author(s): Ali Maher, Ph.D., Patrick Szary, Ph.D.

External Author(s): E. David Lambert III, P.E.

Sponsor(s): New Jersey Department of Transportation, FHWA - RITA


The mission of Rutgers University’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) Bridge Resource Program (BRP) is to provide bridge engineering support to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)’s Bridge Engineering and Infrastructure Management Unit. The program would be a partnership between federal and state transportation agencies and Rutgers University to provide technical and educational services to address infrastructure needs in New Jersey. CAIT would support the NJDOT by providing staff and resources to address the most pressing bridge engineering and training challenges in New Jersey (through advanced materials development, design enhancements, construction improvements, evaluation, monitoring, data mining, management enhancement and support, and bridge research).  The overarching goal of the Bridge Resource Program is to achieve more effective asset management. This includes consideration and potential adoption of next generation assessment approaches to augment current reliance on qualitative condition metrics with more quantitative performance metrics. Although conventional engineering terms are used in this proposal to describe program services, the proposed tasks within each service will be focused on providing decision making assistance for concept development.