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Rating of Bridges

 
 
gollum
 
Reply Sun 5 Feb, 2012 01:49 pm
Where can I access the safety ratings of bridges in the United States?
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 5 Feb, 2012 01:56 pm
@gollum,
http://www.nhtsa.gov/Contact
It's likely that this information has been secreted away under the guise of national security so you'll probably need an official FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to get whatever you're exactly looking for.
gollum
 
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Reply Sun 5 Feb, 2012 06:46 pm
@tsarstepan,
Thank you.

If the information is classified then if I think it would be exempt from a FOIA request.

I don't want engineering information about the bridge's vulnerable points, only the rating (e.g., Strong, Fair, Needs Improvement, etc.)
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 5 Feb, 2012 07:39 pm
@gollum,
Don't know if they still do, but Caltrans (California) used to have a list of bridges and overpasses in the state that were in need of earthquake retrofitting.

You might be able to find similar information from each state's transportation departments.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 5 Feb, 2012 07:45 pm
@Butrflynet,
Pa publishes its bridge inspection records on their website. We have a very weird setup of road and bridge responsibilities, fed, state, local road and bridge maintenance

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parados
 
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Reply Mon 6 Feb, 2012 01:00 pm
@gollum,
There is a link to the

The Fix We are In For
The State of Our National Bridges


http://t4america.org/resources/bridges/



Edit - There is an interactive map that allows you to look at bridges by location and see condition, traffic and frequency of inspections on each bridge
parados
 
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Reply Mon 6 Feb, 2012 01:08 pm
@parados,
Here is the government database website

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/nbi.htm
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