Bridge Safety Inspection and NBIS Bridge Inspection Program Administration

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has been actively working in recent years to develop a comprehensive bridge inspection manual. The intent of this manual is to address all aspects of bridge inspections including administrative policies and procedures, field inspection procedures, a state-specific recording and coding guide, and procedures for maintaining a bridge management system. The purpose of this research project was to review the current “State of Practice” in other states with regard to bridge safety inspections and National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) bridge inspection program administration, identify any “Best Practices”, and then utilize this information as appropriate to enhance the program in Minnesota. The five states identified for research were Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania. These states were selected because of their well-respected bridge inspection programs at the national level, and to obtain a sampling of Border States as well as programs in other areas of the country. This research included a detailed review of available materials listed on each state’s web site as well as information gathered from a questionnaire sent to each state identified above. The results of this research are organized into eight different areas to focus the discussion on specific aspects of a bridge inspection program. These specific discussion topics will include the current “State-of-Practice” in Minnesota, discussion on what other states are doing, and then any recommendations on “Best Practices” to enhance the MnDOT Bridge Inspection Program. The discussion areas are as follows: Administrative Policies and Procedures; Field Inspection Procedures; Monitoring the Quality of Field Inspections; QC/QA Procedures; Critical Findings; Team Leader Certification and Refresher Training; Inspection of Ancillary Structures; and State-Specific Recording and Coding Guide.


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  • Accession Number: 01601687
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: May 31 2016 1:46PM