Case Study: Response to Bridge Impacts – An Overview of State Practices

As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bridges in the United States are impacted (struck and damaged) on average 15,000 times a year. FHWA has formally recognized a damage inspection as a type of bridge inspection in 23 CFR Section 650.305; therefore, State DOTs have all developed some sort of guidance addressing bridge impact assessment. This case study is a bridge owner’s resource for recommended practices for responding to bridge hits, making repairs to the bridge, and allowing return of the bridge to full service as quickly as possible.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01765696
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HIF-20-087
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-13-A-00005
  • Created Date: Feb 4 2021 3:58PM