Insight | Challenges ahead for bridge maintenance sector
Published: 03 Sep 2018 By NEAL BALDWIN
Highways England’s pledge to review its bridge inspection regime in light of the recent Polcevera viaduct collapse has sparked fresh calls for more funding to be made available by central government.
Experts in contact with New Civil Engineer said the ‘unsexy’ nature of inspection meant the practise had been starved of cash in recent years, with politicians preferring to prioritise headline-grabbing building projects. In turn, inspection contract decisions are very often driven on price.