The Government of India has under taken a massive National Highway road development programme across the country to develop world class road network. A large number of new bridges are being constructed as per the Scope of Work (4lane/6lane configuration). It is also the fact that large number of existing concrete bridges are in distressed condition. It is/may be due to the poor maintenance that leads to distressing of bridges & due to old construction methods/materials(UCR Piers & PCC Piers—gravity type structure) which raises doubts about the traffic worthy condition of these bridges in future. Therefore it is necessary to discuss the way of planning, designing and construction of new concrete bridges so as to prevent or minimize distress in future. The aim of this paper is to focus on the necessity of critical analysis of the Stresses on RCC Bridge Piers so as to have optimum utilization of the resources and maintaining the traffic worthy condition of the bridge structure up to the expected designed life.
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