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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-14-032
Date: February 2014


FHWA LTBP Bridge Performance Primer

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FHWA Publications No.: FHWA-HRT-14-032

FHWA Contact: Susan Lane, HRDI-60, 202-493-3151,


This document is a technical summary of the published Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) report FHWA-HRT-13-051, LTBP Bridge Performance Primer, which is available at


This TechBrief defines bridge performance and discusses the importance of measuring performance and current practices for doing so. It identifies key issues to improving performance measures and the role the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program plays in this effort.


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