Bridge Inventory & Inspection (Local)

Cody Axlund , Bridge Inventory & Inspection Engineer, 605.773.3390

This program manages and administers the Bridge Inspection Program for statewide local government entities to ensure compliance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations. Bridges are required to be inspected on a 2-year cycle with the exception of some reinforced concrete box culverts that meet specific criteria and are on a 4-year cycle. Federal Bridge Replacement funds are used to pay for 80% of this service. The responsibilities include:

  • Contracting with Consulting Engineering firms to perform bridge inspections for approximately 4,050 bridges for counties, cities, and GF&P.
  • Reviewing the bridge inspection data and incorporating it into the PONTIS Bridge Management System. The National Bridge Inventory items are then submitted to FHWA in Washington DC on an annual basis.
  • Prepare and submit annual structure summary reports to the local government entities.

Useful websites:

FHWA Bridge Technology

FHWA National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS)

FHWA National Bridge Inventory (NBI)

FHWA Bridge Preservation Guide

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