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SAMCO Final Report 2006 F09 Report on Bridge Management

4.8 Poland (Ibdim)

In the beginning of nineties the system of bridge inspection system was established on Polish road network. The system deals with structures existing on national net- work only, which is administrated by General Directorate for Public Roads. The na- tional network covers only 15% of bridges in rural roads in stock but 33% in length, which means that the national network shelters the biggest and most important bridges in Poland. Apart from that independent administrators, have incorporated this system as well. Therefore it is in power claiming that the system is represented for Polish road network.

Instruction prepared for supervising highway engineering structures was addressed for bridge, culverts and tunnels only. There are no special guidelines for inspecting other highway structures as retaining walls or specialized constructions, unless a special program of investigation or monitoring was elaborated for any particular ob- ject. No standard test (test loading for example) is being conducted except bridges. Other highways structures are being examined during routine inspection of road car- ried out every three months.

There are four grades of inspections predicted by the instruction for bridge structures as described in Table 17.

The inspections are part of the Bridge Management System (SGM) and they enable the road maintenance services to plan and carry out the necessary repair. The In- spection System is in line with the OECD recommendations on bridge management.

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