A substantial number of Norwegian bridges and ferry quays have reached an age where considerable maintenance is needed. The National Transport Plan published by the Ministry of Transport and Communications aims to reduce the decay of national and country roads. In recent years, funding for operation, maintenance and renewal has been increased in order to attain this goal.

Better Bridge Maintenance is a research anddevelopment programme for bridges and ferry quays of steel and concrete. The programme started in February 2017 and has a duration of 5 years.

Better Bridge Maintenance aims to develop tools to enable knowledge-based prioritization between bridges and ferry quays in need of maintenance and measures. Better Bridge Maintenance will also work to find solutions to diagnose the state of the structures and identify the most favourable maintenance methods.