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AASHTO Announces New Edition of Manual for Bridge Element Inspection
April 17, 2019

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has announced the release and availability of the second edition of its Manual for Bridge Element Inspection. The manual was developed by the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures, Technical Committee on Bridge Management, Evaluation, and Rehabilitation.

The Manual for Bridge Element Inspection is a reference for standardized element definitions, element quantity calculations, condition state definitions, element feasible actions, and inspection conventions. Its goal is to capture the condition of bridges in a simple, effective way that can be standardized nationwide, while providing enough flexibility to be adapted by both large and small agencies. It is designed for use by state departments of transportation and other agencies that perform element-level bridge inspections.

According to Matt Farrar, State Bridge Engineer, Idaho Transportation Department, and Chair, Technical Committee on Bridge Management, Evaluation, and Rehabilitation, which oversaw the development of the new edition, “With the inclusion of defect photographs for the elements and spatial estimating guides, the Manual for Bridge Element Inspection, 2nd Edition, will provide greatly improved tools to bridge owners and will enable them to more effectively manage their bridges.”

This second edition of the manual—which supersedes the 2013 first edition—incorporates suggested changes by numerous inspecting agencies, consultant inspection firms, and training instructors, and attempts to cover the majority of bridge elements found on highway bridges in the United States.

The Manual for Bridge Element Inspection, 2nd Edition, is available in paperback, as a PDF download, or in a set that includes both the paperback and PDF download formats at a discounted rate. Copies are available at the AASHTO Store. Search by the publication’s item code, MBEI-2.

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