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MEMORANDUM
Subject: Information: Specification for the National Bridge Inventory Bridge Elements (SNBIBE) Date: December 16, 2013
From: /s/ Original Signed by Thomas Everett for
Joseph S. Krolak
Acting Director, Office of Bridges and Structures
Reply to:
Attn. of:
HIBS–30
To: Federal Lands Highway Division Engineers
Director of Technical Services
Division Administrators

This memorandum1 provides continued guidance on the collection of element level data for bridges on the National Highway System (NHS)2 and issues the Specification for the National Bridge Inventory Bridge Elements (SNBIBE) (attachment one), along with the XML schema (attachment two) and example XML data set (attachment three). This specification and schema provide the framework needed to support the collection and reporting of element level bridge condition data to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) per 23 U.S.C 144. Each State is required under 23 U.S.C. 144(d) to report element level data as each bridge is inspected. This guidance will aid in that task. Lastly, frequently asked questions and answers that expand upon those provided in our earlier memoranda can be found in attachment four.

We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward so that you can respond to inquiries from your partners and stakeholders. Please share this update with your State DOT or Federal Agency partners and stakeholders. Mr. Wade F. Casey, P.E. may be contacted at 202–366–4606 or Wade.Casey@dot.gov for further information on this initiative.

Attachment (4)

cc:

  • L. O’Donnell DTS–RC–MAT–1
  • S. Jadun DTS–RC–MAT–1D
  • D. Soden DTS–RC–LAK–1
  • M. Leonard DTS–RC–LAK
  • S. Lubkin EFLH
  • H. Palhchanian EFLH

  1. Previous memorandums on the topic of collection of element level data were issued on April 16, 2012 and March 12, 2013.
  2. Recall that section 1111 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) modified 23 U.S.C. 144, which requires each State and appropriate Federal agency to report element level data to the Secretary.
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Updated: 07/24/2014
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