Section 3: Bridge Inspection

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Routine Inspection

Bridges should be inspected on a regular basis, in the off-year of the contracted Routine Bridge Inspection (every 24 months). In addition, inspections should be made immediately following any significant event such as permit overloads, floods or impact damage that could alter the condition of the structure. These inspections are not intended to be detailed but rather a quick assessment of damage and/or deterioration for the purpose of determining repair needs or to identify safety hazards. Particular attention should be given to:

If significant damage is found during one of these inspections, the area engineer and the district's bridge inspection program coordinator should be notified immediately.

Attention should also be given to routine or preventive maintenance work such as:

Prompt maintenance and repair should follow these inspections.

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Bridge Inspection Program

Routine inspections are in addition to and are not replaced by the inspections made every two years by bridge inspection; however, the inspection reports should be reviewed by the engineer responsible for maintenance.

Prompt scheduling of necessary preventive maintenance and repairs should follow this review. Notify the district bridge inspection coordinator of the type of work performed and when it was done.

Each bridge is assigned control/section. Permanent structure numbers stenciled on the bridge should be maintained to ensure proper identification.

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Where to Find Additional Information

Additional information on the bridge inspection program is contained in the Bridge Inspection Manual published by the Bridge Division. The Bridge Inspection Form 1085-1 is also maintained by the Bridge Division.

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