FHWA Has Not Fully Implemented All MAP-21 Bridge Provisions and Prior OIG Recommendations

Since 2006, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued 3 reports with 16 recommendations for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to improve oversight of States’ bridge programs. OIG's initial report in 2006 described States’ errors in calculating bridge load ratings and in posting maximum weight limits and recommended that FHWA develop a data-driven, risk-based approach to bridge oversight. Subsequently, OIG reported that FHWA made limited progress in implementing this oversight approach and that it lacked sufficient data to evaluate States’ use of Highway Bridge Program (HBP) funds. OIG also reported that FHWA lacked the criteria and guidance for bridge engineers conducting annual reviews to assess States’ compliance with bridge inspection standards under the National Bridge Inspection Program. Subsequent to these reports, in July 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) changed bridge safety requirements and funding uses and instituted new performance and accountability requirements for bridges on the National Highway System (NHS). OIG conducted this audit at the request of the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, who asked that we assess FHWA’s efforts to improve bridge safety, including addressing OIG's related recommendations and MAP-21 bridge safety provisions. Accordingly, OIG initiated two audits to address the Committee’s request. For this initial audit, the objectives were to assess FHWA’s actions in response to (1) the bridge safety provisions in MAP-21 and (2) OIG's prior bridge report recommendations.


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  • Accession Number: 01538158
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MH-2014-089
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 9 2014 9:55AM