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NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 20-09 [Final (Synthesis)]

Bridge Paint: Removal, Containment, and Disposal
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

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This synthesis will be of interest to bridge painting contractors, bridge maintenance and construction engineers, environmental engineers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and others interested in bridge paint removal. Information is provided on current practices in bridge paint removal, containment, and disposal, with special attention paid to environmental, health, and cost issues, along with a discussion of current environmental regulations governing paint removal practices. The removal of bridge paint is a nationwide problem with sensitive environmental concerns and rapid changes in available technology and regulatory oversight. This report of the Transportation Research Board describes the current state of the practice for bridge paint removal, containment, and disposal, especially with regard to lead-based or other toxic paints. Additionally, current environmental regulations and health concerns in this area are examined.  The report for this topic can be purchased at http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=3381

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