Document Type

Conference Paper


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Civil engineering

Publication Details

6th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, Stresa, Italy


Long span bridges are critical parts of a nation’s infrastructure network and congested traffic loading is the governing form of traffic loading. Groups of trucks travelling in conveys are created when fast-er moving vehicles, such as cars, change lane. In this research the authors investigate how the control of these lane-changing events can help reduce the traffic load effects on long span bridges. Real traffic data is used to simulate a traffic stream on a virtual road and bridge using a microsimulation model. Various lane-changing restrictions are examined and compared to the typical case of free lane changing. It is shown that restriction of lane changing is an effective means of reducing long-span bridge traffic load effect. This result may assist bridge owners in implementing measures to prolong the life of existing infrastructure.