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PROGRAM AGREEMENT
BETWEEN THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
AND THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
FOR COMPLIANCE WITH
THE NATIONAL BRIDGE INSPECTION STANDARDS


  1. PURPOSE
  2. This Program Agreement between the Bureau of Reclamation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is to help ensure safety of bridges on public roads under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Government. This Program Agreement documents the processes and responsibilities of each agency to meet the requirements included in Title 23, United States Code, Section 151 (23 U.S.C. 151) for the National Bridge Inspection Standards (hereinafter referred to as NBIS).

  3. PROCESS, RECORD KEEPING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS


    1. The Bureau of Reclamation
    2. The Bureau of Reclamation is responsible for meeting the staffing, inspection, and reporting requirements prescribed in:

      In addition, the Bureau of Reclamation shall:


      The Bureau of Reclamation may procure engineering services to assist in performing inspections, completing NBIS Coding Data, performing edit checks, submitting coding data, and documenting QA/QC procedures related to the NBIS.

      The Bureau of Reclamation shall annually submit to FHWA a list of all Bureau of Reclamation bridges on public roads. (See Attachment 2 for a suggested reporting format.)

      The Bureau of Reclamation shall annually submit to FHWA an estimate of all costs, including administrative, related to the inspection of all Bureau of Reclamation bridges on public roads.

    3. The FHWA
    4. The FHWA shall ensure all Federal bridge-owning agencies meet the staffing, inspection, and reporting requirements prescribed in:

      The FHWA shall provide NBIS and public road bridge data to the States through organizational channels as prescribed in the January 4, 1995, memorandum from the FHWA's Chief, Bridge Division.

      The FHWA shall assist the Bureau of Reclamation, when requested, with establishment and documentation of their NBIS inspection and inventory processes, including establishment or review of QA/QC procedures.

      The FLH shall ensure compliance with the NBIS and shall provide other assistance as agreed between the Bureau of Reclamation and FLH as authorized under 23 U.S.C. 308(a).

      The FLH shall determine and allocate funding to the Bureau of Reclamation to cover the pro rata share of the annual estimate of costs for the inspection of Bureau of Reclamation bridges on public roads.


  4. EXECUTION AND EFFECTIVE DATE
  5. This Program Agreement will become effective on the date of the last signature. Either party to this Program Agreement may terminate participation upon written notice to the other party one hundred and twenty (120) days in advance of the effective date of termination. This Program Agreement may be revised or amended at any time by mutual consent of both parties.

Date: March 4, 1999 Date: April 29, 1998
   
   
By: Original signed by: By: Original signed by Kenneth R. Wykle

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Director, Program Analysis
Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Department of the Interior

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Program Manager, Federal Lands Highway
Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation


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