Can the existing road infrastructure in Europe be managed more effectively?

Published 13.04.2023
Lead partner: MOW

One of the challenges facing the European Commission is to ensure the safety and uninterrupted flow of goods and people to users of the European road network. Undoubtedly, a significant part of the infrastructure, especially bridges and tunnels, are critical elements of this network, and their failure leads to tragic accidents, which entail huge costs and fatalities. The fact is that a significant percentage of existing facilities are at an age where their failure rate has increased. This applies to most European countries. However, the difficulty of reacting adequately to possible malfunctions is not only caused by the technical condition of the installations.

An important aspect is the lack of uniform and transparent regulations that enable efficient monitoring of facilities and exchange of information about their condition between the members of the European Union. Different methods of inspecting bridge structures and subjective scales for assessing their technical condition lead to many inaccuracies and make it impossible to compare data between individual countries. The diversity in the degree of digitization of bridge maintenance processes, both in individual countries and throughout the European Union, is also significant.