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Section 2: Initial Inspections

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Overview

The Code of Federal Regulations contains the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS). The NBIS require inventory information to be entered into the State's database within 90 days after the bridge is placed in service (begins carrying traffic).

Perform initial inspections on new bridges or when existing bridges are first entered into the database. This inspection provides a basis for all future inspections or modifications to a bridge.

Note initial deficiencies which might not have been present at the time of construction. Note changes in the condition of the site, such as:

  • Erosion
  • Scour
  • Regrading of slopes

Notify the District Bridge Inspection Coordinator when the bridge is opened to traffic and available for use by permit vehicles. Include this information in the final New Bridge Completion Checklist.

The opening of a new bridge, particularly an off-system bridge, is a good time to ensure that a copy of the bridge plans are included with the Bridge Records described in Chapter 8 of this manual. Texas law1 requires a governmental entity that owns a bridge on a public road must submit a copy of the final structural plans to TxDOT within 31 days after construction or rehabilitation is completed.

Prepare the initial Bridge Folder as a result of the Initial Inspection. A detailed description of the Bridge Folder contents is given in Chapter 8 of this manual, Bridge Records. Arrange the folder consistently in all districts and include the recommended series of photos.


1. Submission of Bridge Design Plans to Department, Texas Transportation Code, Section 201.804.

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