To improve the structural safety of the nation's highway bridges, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this week released a proposal notice for updates to the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS). The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages relevant stakeholders and industry experts tosubmit comments to FHWA by January 13, 2020.
As the FHWA explains, the proposal applies to all structures defined as "highway bridges on all public roads, on and off federal-aid highways, including tribally and federally owned bridges." The FHWA also proposes to apply these standards to privately owned bridges that are "connected to a public road on each end."
The proposal specifies revisions to qualifications of personnel and organization responsibilities for bridge inspection, among other changes. The FHWA proposes to update the NBIS to address requirements for The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). President Obama signed the Act into law in 2012, authorizing funding for surface transportation programs throughout the nation.
The FHWA has released a guidance document that details more information related to rulemaking and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) design specifications.
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