Bridge Management and Inspections

Bridge Management and Inspections

Bridge Management and Inspection policies and procedures are administered by the Bureau of Bridges & Structures to ensure public safety and to comply with federal regulations and state statutes. The Bridge Management and Inspection Unit is responsible for providing oversight of the bridge and tunnel inspection procedures utilized by IDOT and local public agencies to ensure bridge and tunnel safety as required by the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) and the National Tunnel Inspection Standards (NTIS) provided in Title 23 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Questions? You may email DOT.BBS.BridgeMgmt@illinois.gov your question will be responded to as quickly as possible.

Inspection Classes

FHWA-NHI-130055: Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges

FHWA-NHI-130055: Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges


10 day, Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges class, FHWA NHI 130055
May 3 - May 14, 2021
Springfield, IL

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Registration closes on April 19, 2021.

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The class will be held at:

Crowne Plaza Springfield – Convention Center
3000 S Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL 62703 - map

Maximum number: 30

The cost is $970. Registration will not be allowed through the NHI website.

For additional details visit NHI’s Website. Individuals wishing to register for the NHI 130055 course should click the registration link above.

Seating for the course will be limited. If more individuals register than seats available, IDOT will determine the class roster based on the needs of the department and other considerations.

Any questions regarding the course should be directed to the Bridge Management Unit.

FHWA-NHI-130056: Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges for Professional Engineers

FHWA-NHI-130056: Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges for Professional Engineers


5 day, Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges for Professional Engineers class, FHWA NHI 130056
June 7 – June 11, 2021
Springfield, IL

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Registration closes on May 24, 2021.
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The class will be held at:

Crowne Plaza Springfield – Convention Center
3000 S Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL 62703 - map

Maximum number: 30

The cost is $500. Registration will not be allowed through the NHI website.

For additional details visit NHI’s Website. Individuals wishing to register for the NHI 130055 course should click the registration link above.

Seating for the course will be limited. If more individuals register than seats available, IDOT will determine the class roster based on the needs of the department and other considerations.

Any questions regarding the course should be directed to the Bridge Management Unit.

FHWA-NHI-130078: Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques for Steel Bridges

FHWA-NHI-130078: Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques for Steel Bridges


 4 day, Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques for Steel Bridges, FHWA NHI 130078

October 19 - October 22, 2021
Registration closes on October 5, 2021
Springfield, IL
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December 7 - December 10, 2021
Registration closes on November 23, 2021
Springfield, IL
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The Springfield, IL class will be held at:

Crowne Plaza
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62764 - map

Maximum number: 30

The cost is $365. Registration will not be allowed through the NHI website.

For additional details visit NHI’s Website. Individuals wishing to register for the NHI 130078 course should click the registration link above. 

Seating for the course will be limited. If more individuals register than seats available, IDOT will determine the class roster based on the needs of the department and other considerations.

Any questions regarding the course should be directed to the Bridge Management Unit.

FHWA-NHI-130099A: Bridge Inspection Nondestructive Evaluation seminar (BINS)

FHWA-NHI-130099A: Bridge Inspection Nondestructive Evaluation seminar (BINS)


2 day, Bridge Inspection Nondestructive Evaluation Seminar, FHWA NHI 130099A

November 2 - November 3, 2021
Registration closes on October 19, 2021
Springfield, IL
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The Springfield, IL class will be held at:

Crowne Plaza
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62764 - map

Maximum number: 30

The cost is $295. Registration will not be allowed through the NHI website.

For additional details, visit NHI’s Website. Individuals wishing to register for the NHI 130099A course should click the registration link above.

Seating for the course will be limited. If more individuals register than seats available, IDOT will determine the class roster based on the needs of the department and other considerations.

Any questions regarding the course should be directed to the Bridge Management Unit.

FHWA-NHI-130110: Tunnel Safety Inspection

FHWA-NHI-130110: Tunnel Safety Inspection


FHWA-NHI-130110: Tunnel Safety Inspection
April 12 – April 16, 2021
Springfield, IL
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Registration closes on March 29, 2021.
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Priority given to IDOT, FHWA and Other State DOTs; in that order.

The class will be held at:

Crowne Plaza Springfield – Convention Center
3000 S Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL 62703 - map

Maximum number: 30

The cost is $480.

Registration will not be allowed through the NHI website.

Any questions regarding the course should be directed to the Bridge Management Unit.

FHWA Introduction to Element Level Bridge Inspection

FHWA Introduction to Element Level Bridge Inspection


Intro. to Element Level Bridge Inspection
December 15 - December 17, 2020
8:00am – 12:00pm each day
Online
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Registration closes on December 5, 2020

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Description

All training version are based on the "AASHTO Manual for Bridge Element Inspection" and provides introductory training on element level inspection of in-service highway bridges.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the following terms:
  • Component vs. Element vs. Safety Inspection Data
  • Elements (NBE, BME, ADE)
    • Element Environments
    • Element Condition States
    • Element Defects
  • Structures and Structure Units
  • Explain the rules and conventions for identifying and quantifying elements
  • Interpret condition state language
  • Review as-built plans to identify bridge elements and determine appropriate units and quantities for elements
  • Interpret condition state language based on visual observations and quantify and record observations
  • Explain why bridge management is important
  • Explain how element level data supports bridge management
  • Identify areas of inconsistency and/or differing interpretations
  • Suggest areas for clarification or further guidance

Target Audience

Federal, State, and local highway agency employees, and consultants involved in inspecting bridges or in charge of a bridge inspection unit. A background in bridge engineering and/or bridge inspection is recommended.

Course Handouts

Printed handouts will not be provided.  Please print or bring tablet/laptop to view the pdfs.

Agenda

Participant Workbook

Lesson 4 & Lesson 6 blank form (PDF) | Word

Example Plans

Element and Condition State Handout

Evaluation Form

Any questions regarding the course should be directed to the Bridge Management Unit

Bridge Inspection Calibration Class

December 7-9, 2020 - Online Class
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM each day

REGISTRATION CLOSED
 Registration closes on November 30, 2020
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March 1-3, 2021 - Online Class
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM each day

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 Registration closes on February 22, 2021
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October 25-27, 2021 - Online Class
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM each day

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 Registration closes on October 18, 2021
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98 seats are available for each class. There is no cost for the class. Individuals wishing to register for the course should click the registration link above.

Due to the high volume of inspectors requiring training, IDOT will determine the class roster based on the needs of the Department and other considerations. 

Any questions regarding the course should be directed to the Bridge Management Unit.

An individual inspector's required refresher training class and deadline date are available by clicking here.

Calibration Class Notes
Agenda, Day 1 Handout, Day 2 Handout, Day 3 Handout.

Bridge Element Inspection Class

2 day, Bridge Element Inspection Class
October 8 - October 9, 2019
Registration for this class has expired
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The Springfield, IL class will be held at:
Illinois Department of Transportation
Executive Conference Room
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62764 - map

Any questions regarding the course should be directed to the Bridge Management Unit

Class Agenda

Class agenda and items inspectors should bring to class is available for download.

Forms

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Form NumberForm NameRevision Date
BBS 2710Load Rating Inspection Report2020-08-28
BBS SCEScour Critical Evaluation Coding Report2014-04-02
BBS 2680Scour Critical Bridge Plan of Action (POA)2019-10-30
BBS BIRRoutine Inspection Report2014-03-04
BBS 2610Program Manager Qualifications2017-11-20
BBS 2760Preliminary Pin and Link Inspection Journal - A2012-07-10
BBS LAPMDLocal Agency Program Manager Designation2016-05-31
BBS BIR FC2Fracture Critical Member Inventory Report2012-07-09
BBS ELIElement Level Inspection Report2014-03-05
BBS CF 1Critical Finding Report2015-05-15
BBS PCRBridge Posting / Closure Review2016-04-18
BBS BIR-UW1Bridge Inspection Report Underwater Inspection2014-03-05
BBS BIR FC1Bridge Inspection Report Fracture Critical Inspection2014-03-04
BBS 2790Bridge Inspection Procedures Review2017-01-26
BBS BFCBridge File Checklist2013-12-23
BBS SI-1Special Inspection Report2019-03-11
BBS 2780Supplemental Pin / Link Inspection Journal-
BBS 2620Team Leader Qualifications2017-11-20
BBS UIPUnderwater Inspection Plan2015-04-22

Subscription Announcement Archives

The following table contains subscription service announcements from November, 2013.

MemoSubjectIssued
20131115Critical Finding Forms and Complex Bridge 12-Month Waiver Statement2013-11-15
20131205Verify Program Manager-Team Leader Data2013-12-05
20131230Bridge File Checklist2013-12-30
20140123Illinois Program Managers-Team Leader Information2014-01-23
20140214Bridge Element Inspection Manual2014-02-14
20140630BLRS Procedure Memorandum 2014-03 Bridge Inventory and Inspections2014-06-30
20140806New IDOT Website Unveiled2014-08-06
20141031Inspection Report Quality Assurance Reminder (Metric #12)2014-10-31
20150106Steel Section Loss Policy and Steel superstructure Condition Rating2015-01-06
20150203Bridge Inpection Documentation2015-02-03
20150421Bridge Element Inspection Manual2015-04-21
20150423Form BBS UIP Underwater Inspection Plan2015-04-23
20150630Revised Structural Services Manual2015-06-30
20151023Revised Bridge Element Inspection Manual2015-10-23
20151218Bridge Inspection Date Tracking Website2015-12-18
20160113Bridge Inspection Training Video2016-01-13
20160125FHWA 2015 Metric Assessment2016-01-25
20160204Bridge File Checklist Reminder Announcement2016-02-04
20160325Inspection Practices2016-03-25
20160428Quality Assurance Summary Report2016-04-28
20160429BridgeWatch Scour Plan of Action Form2016-04-29
20160505Exposed Steel Pile Inspections2016-05-05
20160613Bridge Inspection Safety2016-06-13
20160711Importance of Accurate Bridge Inspections2016-07-11
20160831SIP Manual Announcement2016-08-31
20161129FHWA Event Report Ohio Steel H-Pile Failure2016-11-29
20170105FHWA National Inspection Program Update2017-01-05
20170113Obtaining AASHTOWare Bridge Rating Software2017-01-13
20170209Modified 48-Month Inspection Interval Criteria2017-02-09
20170224Closure of I-276 Delaware River Bridge Event Report2017-02-24
20170306SIP Manual Revisions2017-03-06
20170406Detection of Potential Critical Finding2017-04-06
20170406Fire Damage to I-85 Bridges over Piedmont Road2017-04-06
20170630Revised Structural Services Manual2017-06-30
20170907Form BBS 2795 Structure Load Rating Summary Revision2017-09-07
20171120Program Manager Team Leader Qualifications Forms2017-11-20
20180313Critical Finding Video2018-03-13
20190219Bearing Seats of Suspended Spans (Dapped Beams)2019-02-19
20190430NBIP Inspection Frequency and Procedures2019-04-30
20190607NBIP Metric 14 Inspection Procedures2019-06-07
20190717NBIP Metric 15 Inspection Procedures2019-07-17
201908282018 National Bridge Inspection Program (NBIP) Update2019-08-28
20191108Notice for Proposed Rulemaking for NBIS2019-11-08
20191126AASHTOWare Bridge Rating Software (BrR)2019-11-26
20191202IDOT Bridge Preservation Guide2019-12-02
20191221Bridge Inspection Training Opportunities2019-12-21
20200117Notice for Proposed Rulemaking for NBIS Update2020-01-17
20200313IDOT Bridge Inspection Training Classes – March and April 20202020-03-13
20200904BBS 2710 Load Rating Inspection Report2020-09-04
20201106Bridge Inspection Training Opportunities2020-11-06
20201112Performance Year 2020 National Bridge Inspection Program (NBIP) Update2020-11-12
202011182021 Bridge Inspection Training Classes2020-11-18
20201124IDOT Policy and Procedure for Completing Delinquent NBIS Inspections2020-11-24
20201221Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Structural Services Manual Section 5 – Tunnel Inspection2020-12-21
2021-012021 Bridge Inspection Training Classes2021-01-05
2021-02IDOT Policy and Procedure for Completing Delinquent NBIS Inspections Due to Hardship2021-01-05
2021-03IDOT Policy and Procedure for Revocation and Reinstatement of IL NBIS PM and TL Certification2021-01-05