- Safety Inspection
The safety inspection program is managed within the Office of Structure Preservation and Management of the Bureau of Bridges and Structures. The program ensures compliance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) through comprehensive performance of inspection timeliness verifications, annual FHWA NBIS Metric evaluations, inspection team leader qualification appraisals, and quality assurance reviews. The Office of Structure Preservation and Management also develops inspection procedures, responds directly to the FHWA Michigan Division Bridge Engineer, and serves as the recognized resource for all inspection related inquiries.
- Load Rating
The MDOT load rating program is administered by the Bridge Load Rating Unit. The program is responsible for ensuring that all bridges are load rated to verify their safe load carrying capacity in accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS). The Bridge Load Rating Unit performs load capacity evaluations of complex bridges, truss bridges, movable bridges, and all other structures within the state-owned inventory. The area also serves as the technical consultant to FHWA, MDOT Divisions, regions, and local agencies, and is responsible for assisting in FHWA NBIS Metric evaluations.
- Bridge Management and Scoping
The bridge management and scoping program is operated by the Office of Structure Preservation and Management. The program is a balanced strategy made up of Replacement, Rehabilitation, Capital Preventive Maintenance (CPM) and Capital Scheduled Maintenance (CSM) that works to efficiently preserve bridges. The emphasis area of the scoping program is to address the needs of all structures of critical concern, and maintain the statewide inventory of bridges in good or fair condition.