FHWA Bridge Inspections

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Location: Nationwide
Client: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Volkert was selected for five-year contracts in 2005 and again in 2010 by the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD) of FHWA to provide National Bridge Inspection Standard (NBIS) and Pontis element-level inspections for structures at national parks, battlefields, monuments, historic sites, parkways, and other Federal facilities.

Volkert provides inspections of culverts, tunnels, retaining walls, an/or bridges comprised of concrete, masonry, timber, and/or steel, including fracture-critical and fatigue-prone details. Inspections require the use of specialized equipment such as snoopers, man-lifts, specialized boats, and tracked man-lifts, as well as underwater inspections by divers.  As field inspections are completed, Volkert compiles data, prepares inspection reports and submits them to the FHWA.

Volkert has performed over 2,900 EFLHD bridge inspections in over thirty states including the entire lengths of the Blue Ridge and Natchez Trace Parkways. Other notable inspections include:

  • Double Arch Bridge, Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Cumberland Gap Tunnel, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
  • Silver and Black Bridges, Grand Canyon National Park

Other notable inspection sites include Yellowstone, Yosemite, Petrified Forest, Grand Tetons, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, Gulf Island National Seashore, and the Statue of Liberty following Hurricane Sandy.

Related Links: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/nbis.htm

Scope of Work: National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) Assessments, Bridge Inspections, Scour Analysis, Underwater Inspections, Snooper Inspections, Traffic Control/Management, Pontis Inspections, Emergency and Disaster Response