The District Bridge Engineer is Jim Clark, P.E. He can be contacted by email at Jim.Clark@dot.state.oh.us or by phone at 419-999-6966. For contract information for other personnel in Planning and Engineering go to the Planning and Engineering 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 Bridge Management System (BMS) and soon to be 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 BMS/SMS by all Ohio bridge owners, including, but not limited to, the state, counties, municipalities, and federal agencies.
Assistance to Municipalities
ODOT recognized that some municipalities needed assistance in resources and expertise to accomplish compliance for their bridges, so in September 2011, ODOT OSE launched an inspection program to get all NBI municipal bridges in Ohio load rated. This program was successful in load rating the bridges captured by queries of bridge data. However, this data is always dynamic since there are new bridges that were added, retired, or newly inventoried. The compliance efforts are not limited to load rating but also include inspection, fracture critical member (FCM) inspection, underwater dive inspection, scour critical evaluation, gusset plate inspection and load rating, quality control/assurance (QC/QA), inventory data, etc. Additionally FHWA is expanding the National Highway System (NHS) resulting from Moving Ahead for Progress in the 2151 Century (MAP21) Act, for which NHS bridges will require element level inspection. There are 23 NBI bridge metrics, which municipalities are responsible for, and these metrics are found in the following link: http://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/fabs/documents/2013-metrics.pdf.
To ensure municipalities will remain compliant with all requirements, the ODOT Office of Structural Engineering (OSE) launched a new program entitled STW MUNI BRDG INSP PROG 2, PID 97103. This program is fully funded by ODOT using State Planning & Research (SPR) Part 1 funds. ODOT OSE is asking each municipality in Ohio having even one bridge open to traffic to opt into this program. If they wish to opt out, they will have to ensure full compliance with bridge requirements. Municipalities opting in will not incur any cost but they will need to complete and sign a legislative consent form with is then sent to ODOT OSE. A sample legislation from is linked here. For more information about this program contact Omar Abu-Hajar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Information About ODOT's Bridge Inspection Program
More information about ODOT's bridge inspection program in on the Bridging the Gap page of the ODOT Office of Communications.
For information on training related to bridge inspection visit the Training Courses page of the ODOT Office of Structural Engineering.