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PROGRAM AGREEMENT
BETWEEN THE ARMY
AND THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
FOR COMPLIANCE WITH
THE NATIONAL BRIDGE INSPECTION STANDARDS

1.   PURPOSE

This Program Agreement between the Army 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).

2.   PROCESS, RECORD KEEPING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

(A)     The Army

The Army is responsible for meeting the staffing, inspection, and reporting requirements prescribed in:

Title 23, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 650, Subpart C, Sections 650.301 through 650.311 (23 CFR Part 650, Subpart C, 650.301‑650.311);

FHWA Technical Advisory T 5140.21, Revisions to the NBIS;

FHWA Technical Advisory T 5140.23, Evaluating Scour at Bridges;

The Manual for Condition Evaluation of Bridges, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 1994, (AASHTO Manual); and

The “Recording and Coding Guide for the Structure Inventory and Appraisal of the Nation's Bridges” (Coding Guide) FHWA, December 1995.

In addition, the Army shall:

The Army 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 Army shall annually submit to FHWA a list of all Army bridges on public roads, and all Army public road mileage in each State.  (See Attachment 2 for a suggested reporting format.)

(B)      The FHWA

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

23 CFR Part 650, Subpart C, 650.301‑650.311;

FHWA Technical Advisory T 5140.21;

FHWA Technical Advisory T 5140.23;

The AASHTO Manual; and

The Coding Guide.

The FHWA shall provide NBIS and public road bridge and mileage 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 Army, 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 Army and FLH as authorized under 23 U.S.C. 308(a).

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

3.   EXECUTION AND EFFECTIVE DATE

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 before the effective date of termination.  This Program Agreement may be revised or amended at any time by mutual consent of both parties­.

Date:  4/13/99

Original signed by:
     R. L. Van Antwerp 
Major General, U.S. Army
   Assistant Chief of Staff for
Installation Management

Date: 5/3/99

Original signed by:
Arthur E. Hamilton
Program Manager, Federal Lands Highway
Federal Highway Administration


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