The overall goal of the project ARCHES (Assessment and Rehabilitation of Central European Highway Structures) was to reduce any gaps in the standard of highway infrastructure between Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC), particularly New Member States (NMS), and the rest of the EU. This key problem was 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.