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    Bridge & Culvert Safety Inspections

    To be eligible for Federal Highway Funds, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) mandates that each state establish a methodology to inspect and report bridge and culvert deterioration in compliance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS).  State and Federal laws and DOT policies mandate frequencies of inspections ranging from an monthly cycle to once every four years with the typical bridge or culvert inspection occurring every two years.

    The primary objective of any bridge management system (BMS) is to make the best use of available funds in an overall bridge maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement (MR&R) program.  The City intends to meet this objective while maintaining a bridge and culvert infrastructure that is safe for public usage.  Without regular maintenance, the overall condition of a bridge or culvert deteriorates over time.  Therefore, a BMS must utilize accurate and accessible inspection information to predict a bridge's structural condition.

    Bridges and culverts that are considered reportable structures are the ones with the span of 20 feet or greater.  The City forwards these inspection reports to VDOT.  Smaller structures in the City are inspected at the same level and reports are maintained internally.




    Current Posted Projects
    2012 Bridge Maintenance Project Lower Bluff Walk Phases II & III
    Bridge Safety Inspections Main Street Bridge Rehabilitation
    Fifth Street Phase II McConville Road Culvert
    Jefferson Street South / Lower Bluff Walk Phase I Rivermont Avenue Bridge
    Kemper Street Bridge Wards Road Bridge Improvements
    Lakeside Dr. / Park Ave. / Memorial Ave. Intersection  



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