NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Is “zero injuries” a realistic goal?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote Results

FHWA launches bridge safety initiative

March 23, 2011

Tags
  • / Print
  • Reprints
  • Text Size:
    A A

Washington – A new bridge safety initiative will closely monitor how states are performing their bridge inspections and maintenance, the Federal Highway Administration announced March 21.

According to a press release, FHWA’s previous system involved a prepared written assessment of a particular state’s bridge inspection program based on a review of key inspection areas. The new system replaces the assessment with a grid of 23 specific inspection program areas to identify potential safety challenges. Inspection areas include bridge load limits, loss of sediment and inspection frequency.

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood wrote in a recent blog that well-trained state, local and federal bridge inspectors will continue to provide bridge safety work in the field. President Barack Obama’s budget for 2012 proposed $70.5 billion for roads and bridges, including $320 million for bridge inspections.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.