Please wait a minute...

Frontiers of Engineering Management

Front. Eng    2014, Vol. 1 Issue (1) : 42-51
Rational Understanding about Renaissance Path of China's Road and Bridge Engineering
Mao-run Feng1(),Zheng-song Zhao2
1Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China, Beijing, 100736, China
2 China Academy of Transportation Sciences, Beijing 100029, China
Download: PDF(59927 KB)   HTML
Export: BibTeX | EndNote | Reference Manager | ProCite | RefWorks

At the turn of this century, China began the largest road and bridge development in the world, which has virtuously interacted with the social and economic development and has elevated the engineering technology to world-class level. Surveying the development of world transportation, and comparing the road and bridge construction efforts of Europe, U.S.A, Japan and China, general experiences of success can be derived as follows: It is greatly beneficial to give priority to transportation for economic development; it takes national strategy and social action to build up a transportation network; demand and innovation are the driving forces to upgrade road and bridge technology; management innovation and quality assurance can greatly improve development caliber. While rationally acknowledging China's transportation infrastructure achievements, we should reflect on issues with Chinese characteristics that have affected quality and efficiency, expose all construction practices that violate scientific law, overall management defects in road and bridge construction and maintenance, and search for new ways to strengthen social management and the creation of a healthy soft environment.

Keywords road network      expressway      bridge project      technological innovation      construction management      social management     
Issue Date: 25 May 2014
 Cite this article:   
Mao-run Feng,Zheng-song Zhao. Rational Understanding about Renaissance Path of China's Road and Bridge Engineering[J]. Front. Eng, 2014, 1(1): 42-51.
E-mail this article
E-mail Alert
Articles by authors
Mao-run Feng
Zheng-song Zhao
Figure 1.  National Expressway Network (China 2005).
Figure 2.  Bridge development in U.S., Japan, Korea and China.
Figure 3.  Comparison between interstates highway system in the U.S. and expressway in China.?
Figure 4.  Landmark bridges in China.
Figure 5.  Super infrastructure Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Link.
Figure 6.   Bridge collapses in the world, 2007.
Figure 7.  Bridge collapses due to illegal traffic.
1 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). (2007). The vision for civil engineering in 2025 based on the summit on the future of civil engineering. Bridge, 5, 10-17
2 Cox W., & Love J. (1996). The best investment a nation ever made: A tribute to the Dwight D. Eisenhower system of interstate and defense highways. Washington, DC:The American Highway Users Alliance
3 Kok H., &Choo,J. (2010, March 25). Recent major bridges in Korea.Frontier Abroad, 2, Article 11 [Web post]. Retrieved from
4 Lou, Z. (2012). List of the bridges with more than 400m-span in China. Bridge, 2
5 Lwin, M. (2008, November).Bridge inspection and maintenance programs. 2008 PRC-US Bridge Engineering Workshop.
6 Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China. (2012 April,23). China highway and waterway transport statistics yearbook, 2012. The People's Transport Newspaper, pp.2-3
7 Ministry of Transport of the People's of Republic of China (2013). National highway and waterway transport statistics abstract, 1949-2012. Beijing: Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China
8 National Institute for LandInfrastructure Management.(2009). Ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, Japan. Technical Note of National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, 545
9 Russell, H. (2007). Preface. Bridge, 49
10 Tang, M. (2013, April 22). To solve the overload problem--the key to guarantee the safety of traffic infrastructure. China Transport News
Related articles from Frontiers Journals
[1] SangHyun LEE. Applying system dynamics to strategic decision making in construction[J]. Front. Eng, 2017, 4(1): 35-40.
[2] Ting Gong,Jian Yang,Hao Hu,Feng Xu. Construction Technology of Off-Site Precast Concrete Buildings[J]. Front. Eng, 2015, 2(2): 122-124.
[3] Burcu Akinci. Situational Awareness in Construction and Facility Management[J]. Front. Eng, 2014, 1(3): 283-289.
Full text