Assessment of FHWA Oversight of the Highway Bridge Program and the National Bridge Inspection Program

This report presents the results of our assessment of the Federal Highway Administrations (FHWA) oversight of the Highway Bridge Program (HBP) and the National Bridge Inspection Program (NBIP), and FHWAs efforts to monitor states use of Federal-aid for bridges. While some progress has been made in recent years to reduce the number of deficient bridges, maximizing Federal surface transportation investments to improve current bridge conditions is a major challenge for FHWA. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the average bridge in the United States is 43 years old and, according to FHWA, about one in four of the Nations more than 600,000 bridges are deficient. FHWA has estimated that as much as $65 billion would be needed to address current bridge deficiencies and other needed improvements.1 The collapse of the Interstate 35W (I-35W) Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 1, 2007, killing 13 people, underscored the importance of strong bridge safety programs and the need to maximize investments to improve bridge conditions. With the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 20092 comes an unprecedented opportunity to fund $27.5 billion worth of highway infrastructure projects, including those related to bridges.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 21p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01156985
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 3 2010 9:11PM