The District Bridge Engineer is Jim Clark, P.E. He can be contacted by email at Jim.Clark@dot.ohio.gov or by phone at 419-999-6966. For contract information for other personnel in Capital Programs go to the Capital Programs Contact Information page.
Bridge Inspection Program requirements are included in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 5501.47, which became effective September 28, 1973, and the Code of Federal Regulations, 23CFR 650.307. Section 5501.47 of the ORC calls for the State Director of Transportation to prepare a Manual of Bridge Inspection to establish standards and procedures for all authorities within Ohio charged with the responsibility for a Bridge Inspection Program. ODOT‘s Manual of Bridge Inspection (MBI) contains in-depth Bridge Inspection Program requirements. The most recent publication of the ODOT MBI can be found in the Documents area of the Bridge Inspection page of the ODOT Office of Structural Engineering.
National Bridge Inspection Standards
As detailed in the Federal National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS), ODOT is required to warehouse bridge inventory and inspection data for all bridges in Ohio. Inspection and inventory data are maintained in the ODOT Structures Management System (SMS) per guidelines in the ODOT MBI and by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Bridge data is submitted and maintained in the SMS by all Ohio bridge owners, including, but not limited to, the state, counties, municipalities, and federal agencies.
For information on training related to bridge inspection visit the Training Courses page of the ODOT Office of Structural Engineering.