Speaking

November 9 - 11, 2021

IAHD 2021 Convention

Couer D’Alene Resort Couer D’Alene, Idaho Visit Event Website

November 10, 2021
8:35 AM

Using Critical Thinking to Address Critical Findings on Local Agency-Owned Bridges

With the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) increased focus on addressing critical findings (Metric #21), correcting bridge deficiencies in a timely fashion has become a top priority for local and state agency bridge owners. It can be challenging to develop a comprehensive plan to address these deficient structures due to the variety of bridge types, the age of the structures, and coordination with stakeholders such as elected officials and non-engineers.

This presentation will include cost-effective procedures used to track and mitigate critical findings during fracture critical bridge inspections to address public safety including closure, repair or replacement of the bridge. Topics will include:

  • What constitutes a critical finding
  • The critical finding process and timeframe (using tables to record and track findings)
  • How to mitigate the critical finding (post, repair or close)
  • Development of repair plans that can be easily understood by all interested parties (scour mitigation, member strengthening, bearing seat rehabilitation)
  • Best practices for communicating to key stakeholders and coordination with FHWA

Multiple case studies covering a wide array of bridge repairs and rehabilitation will be presented.

B&N Presenters:

Will Strehler, PE

Travis Butz, PE

Will Strehler, PE, Bridge Engineer

WILL STREHLER, PE
Bridge Engineer

Travis Butz, PE, Senior Bridge Engineer

TRAVIS BUTZ, PE
Senior Bridge Engineer