Assessment and Rehabilitation of Central European Highway Structures (ARCHES)

ARCHES is a Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP) funded by the 6 Framework Programme of the European Commission.

The overall goal of the proposal project is to develop ways to raise the standard of the highway structures of New Member States (NMS) and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) to the level necessary for their full economic integration into the EU and for the future development of the union.

This key problem will be addressed by a combined approach:

  • developing more appropriate tools and procedures to avoid unnecessary interventions (repairs/replacements) in structures,
  • prevent the development of corrosion by simpler, and less expensive techniques, implement faster, more cost-effective, and longer lasting rehabilitation techniques (repair or strengthening) of sub-standard and unsafe bridges,
  • aggressive dissemination of results and general best practice to the key stakeholders.

ARCHES is clustered with other road infrastructure research projects through the EC funded Coordination Action CERTAIN.