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Section 2: TxDOT Bridge Inspection Personnel

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Specific Position Requirements

The following subsections briefly describe each TxDOT job position. Greater detail is given in the Human Resources Manual describing the various positions. TxDOT bridge inspection personnel must have the appropriate Bridge Inspection job classification, experience and training.

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Division Manager of Bridge Inspection Operations

This person heads the Bridge Inspection Branch of the Bridge Division. Under the general direction of the Director of the Bridge Division, the position has statewide responsibility for the Texas bridge inspection operations.

All the bridge inspection activities for Texas are under the general oversight of this position and includes such major items such as:

  • Oversee and maintain or assist in overseeing and maintaining the Bridge Inspection Program in the Bridge Division and assist districts with bridge inspection-related matters.
  • Coordinate fracture critical, underwater or off-system bridge inspection programs.
  • Develop standards in conjunction with TxDOT divisions and districts and the Federal Highway Administration and ensure compliance with National Bridge Inspection Standards.
  • Perform, review and monitor detailed investigations, data collection, analyses and coordination of bridge related research and recommend cost effective project level design for new, rehabilitated and reconstructed bridges.
  • Prepare, evaluate, perform final reviews, and negotiate contracts with consultants for routine, fracture critical and underwater inspections of the district bridges.
  • Monitor consultants' progress and work quality; check invoices and associated documents; prepare supplemental agreements.
  • Schedule, assign and oversee bridge inspection activities.
  • Oversee and perform bridge structural evaluations/analyses of structures; inspect bridges that have appraisal and condition ratings or are recommended for closure.
  • Rate and monitor load carrying capacities of bridges.
  • Maintain a critical bridge list and coordinate with the Bridge Division, area engineers and other district staff on critical findings involving state maintained bridges to have them posted, repaired or closed to the traveling public.
  • Recommend replacement, rehabilitation or repair of damaged bridges and coordinate with local officials on critical findings involving structures not under state jurisdiction, to have them posted, repaired or closed to the traveling public.
  • Perform critical inspections on large or unusual structures when requested by the Bridge Division or in response to an emergency.
  • Recommend prioritization of bridge replacement, bridge rehabilitation and repair of damaged bridges.
  • Review contract development and related documents for execution.
  • Oversee the processing and review of consultant selection documentation, contracts, and related documents.
  • Interpret laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to professional services contracting to ensure compliance with Department and governmental regulations.
  • Chair or serve as a member of a contract selection team.
  • Negotiate fees and budgets; develop and negotiate scopes of work; negotiate contract work schedules; and negotiate other contract agreements.
  • Monitor contract performance; evaluate contract deliverables; review billing documentation; monitor consultants' compliance with contract terms; and prepare and deliver a written evaluation of the consultant performance.
  • Serve as a project manager overseeing consultants performing advanced and complex engineering work.
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District Bridge Inspection Coordinators or Bridge Engineering Specialist in a Division

The TxDOT personnel assigned to these positions are directly responsible for bridge inspection operations within the division or district. Under general guidance from the Division Manager of Bridge Inspection or from the District Engineer, they perform a variety of tasks. If the individual filling the District Bridge Inspection Coordinator position is not an engineer, then they must meet the minimum requirements of a Bridge Engineering Specialist.

Some of the major bridge inspection responsibilities and duties of this position may include:

  • Implement and monitor the bridge inspection program in a district.
  • Maintain and review files which indicate the condition of the bridge inventory and document compliance with bridge inspection manuals.
  • Inspect and appraise bridge structures according to the bridge inspection Manual of Procedures.
  • Coordinate the bridge load-posting program in the district
  • Performs structural analysis and calculations on structures to certify load-carrying capacity.
  • Perform bridge appraisals and sufficiency rating calculations according to the bridge inspection Manual of Procedures.
  • Conduct immediate inspection of damaged bridges, determine necessity of temporary or permanent repairs and notifify maintenance personnel; make recommendations to close bridges.
  • Implement and prepare Bridge Maintenance Program for a district.
  • Prepare bridge inspection follow-up worksheet for maintenance and give instructions for recommended actions.
  • Monitor follow-up actions taken by maintenance.
  • Work with county officials to post or repair bridges under the county's jurisdiction.
  • Work with design and construction personnel on new construction projects to determine new structures to be added to the inventory.
  • Determine extent of deterioration requiring rehabilitation or replacement as the basis for planning bridge replacement and rehabilitation programs.
  • Prepare and analyze summaries of bridge inspection computer data.
  • Monitor inspection contract work authorization performance; evaluate deliverables; review billing documentation; monitor the consultant compliance with the terms of the contract; and evaluate the consultant performance.
  • Perform fracture-critical bridge member inspections.
  • Maintain bridge inspection and diving equipment.
  • Research plan sets for use in underwater, fracture-critical and on and off system bridge inspections.
  • Perform underwater bridge inspection requiring diving.
  • Ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and direct the Diving Safety Program.
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Bridge Inspection Staff Technicians

These TxDOT engineering technicians perform many of the bridge inspection tasks within the division or a district. Under direct supervision from the Bridge Division Inspection Branch Manager or, the District Bridge Inspection Coordinator, or a Bridge Inspection Engineer, the positions are responsible for many specific tasks.

Some of the specific bridge inspection responsibilities and duties of these positions may include:

  • Assist with fracture-critical bridge member inspection.
  • Assist with bridge inspections.
  • Record data and maintain and review bridge inspection files for compliance with bridge inspection manuals.
  • Prepare and analyze summaries of bridge inspection computer data.
  • Prepare drawings and sketches to be included in bridge inspection reports.
  • Perform bridge appraisals and sufficiency rating calculations according to the bridge inspection Manual of Procedures.
  • Research plan sets for use in underwater, fracture-critical and on- and off-system bridge inspections.
  • Maintain bridge inspection and diving equipment.
  • Assist with underwater bridge inspection.
  • Perform underwater bridge inspection requiring diving.

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