AUGUST 11, 2014 – 13:50-14:30 HALL 1
Keeping Bridges in a State of Good Repair
The U.S. Congress sets the direction, national goals and funding for assuring safety, reliability, efficiency and sustainability of the U.S. transportation system.
The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation carries out the congressional direction by providing visions for accomplishing the national goals.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in collaboration with the State Departments of Transportation establishes objectives and measures to carry out the visions and missions of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The latest Act of Congress, titled “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” or the “MAP-21”, establishes “Infrastructure Condition” as one of seven National Goals for maintaining the highway infrastructure asset system in a “State of Good Repair”.
State of Good Repair may be defined as a state or condition in which an existing bridge is (1) performing as designed within its service life, (2) inspected and evaluated in accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards, and (3) maintained, repaired or replaced in accordance with an effective preservation plan.
This presentation will discuss the values of lessons learned from past performance or failures of bridges, and the importance of integrating excellence in new design and construction, diligence in bridge inspection, and timely maintenance and preservation for keeping bridges in a State of Good Repair.
The presentation will also discuss the activities, such as, National Bridge Inspection Program, Long-Term Bridge Performance Program, Strategic Highway Research Program,guidelines, manuals, etc., being carried out by FHWA and its partners in meeting the requirements of MAP-21.