Policy Update: OB 18-02 HBP Project Programming Prioritization Policy

Office Bulletin (OB) 18-02 announces new policy for the Highway Bridge Program (HBP) regarding new project application processing.  The new policy lays out: When new projects get programmed How they are prioritized Determination of what gets into the HBP When new projects can receive an authorization to proceed This policy was developed because the demand on … Read morePolicy Update: OB 18-02 HBP Project Programming Prioritization Policy

Ultra-High Performance Concrete Construction Checklist Now Available

FHWA has published a checklist for the construction of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) connections for prefabricated bridge elements. The UHPC checklist provides guidance to bridge owners when developing their agency’s inspection procedures for the construction of UHPC connections. The checklist follows the flow of a project construction schedule, in phases of pre-award, preconstruction, prototype casting, … Read moreUltra-High Performance Concrete Construction Checklist Now Available

Recording of Accelerated Bridge Construction Webinar

Listen to a recording of the Application of Accelerated Bridge Construction for Local Agencies webinar.  This webinar was sponsored by Caltrans and the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC), and hosted by the California LTAP Center. ABC employs innovative design and construction methods in a safe and cost effective manner to reduce the number of on-site … Read moreRecording of Accelerated Bridge Construction Webinar

FHWA Bridge Preservation Guide

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has just released for download the new Bridge Preservation Guide to assist your efforts in extending the service life of your bridge inventory. This guide defines bridge preservation terms and identifies commonly practiced bridge preservation activities.  It also provides guidance to bridge owning agencies on establishing or improving existing bridge preservation programs … Read moreFHWA Bridge Preservation Guide

Caltrans Webinar on Application of Accelerated Bridge Construction for Local Agencies

Join Caltrans for a webinar on “Application of Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) for Local Agencies” on May 1, 2018 from 10am to 11:30am PST. ABC employs innovative design and construction methods in a safe and cost effective manner to reduce the number of on-site construction days and construction related impacts that occur when building, replacing, … Read moreCaltrans Webinar on Application of Accelerated Bridge Construction for Local Agencies

Load Rating of Complex Bridges Webinar Recording

Watch a recording of FHWA’s webinar on Load Rating of Complex Bridges.  This was the 23rd webinar in the FHWA Bridge Load Rating Webinar Series and focused on the process and procedure for load rating of arch bridges. The last presentation demonstrated a procedure for automating the refined analysis of girder bridges, but the procedure … Read moreLoad Rating of Complex Bridges Webinar Recording

Structure Policy Directive 1-8 “Material Storage Under Bridges”

Following a disastrous loss of two major bridge spans in Atlanta, Georgia last March from a fire of material stored underneath, Caltrans management had a team review the policies and practices of Caltrans for storage of materials under bridges.  The task team consisted of staff from the Divisions of Maintenance, Right of Way, Traffic Operations, … Read moreStructure Policy Directive 1-8 “Material Storage Under Bridges”

Assuring Quality in Geotechnical Reporting Documents (FHWA-NHI-17-016)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced the availability of “GEC 14 – Assuring Quality in Geotechnical Reporting Documents (FHWA-NHI-17-016). This publication presents information intended to assist users with effectively incorporating Quality Assurance (QA) into the preparation of Geotechnical Reporting Documents (GRDs), which includes reports and other documents that communicate geotechnical data, analysis and recommendations. This publication … Read moreAssuring Quality in Geotechnical Reporting Documents (FHWA-NHI-17-016)

Protocols for the Assessment and Repair of Bridge Foundations

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Geotechnical Team announced the availability of the completed research report titled “Protocols for the Assessment and Repair of Bridge Foundations” (FHWA-HIF-17-044). This report is intended to provide guidance to bridge owners for preparing for and responding to bridge foundation failures that result in the need to close a bridge … Read moreProtocols for the Assessment and Repair of Bridge Foundations

Load and Resistance Factor Design Methodology for Bridges

UC Berkeley, Tech Transfer is offering the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Methodology for Bridges course for the first time in 2 years. This is a two-day hands-on training course that combines lectures, class exercises on real-world bridge design problems, class discussions, and Q&A. This course is recommended for bridge engineers and technicians throughout California who wish to understand … Read moreLoad and Resistance Factor Design Methodology for Bridges