State Transportation Department
Bridge Deck Steel Structures Inspector's Checklist
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- Obtain approved shop and erection drawings
- Become familiar with all drawings, requirements and specifications
- Obtain shop inspection reports
- Obtain Mill Test Reports for steel and welding electrodes
- Perform visual inspection of girders
- type and grade of steel (shown on mill test reports)
- check weld size and contour
- check steel shape and plate size
- check size and dimensions
- check for handling damage, cracks, scratches, etc.
- prepare field inspection report or note on diary
- Verify that beams, girders, and material are stored, braced, and supported properly
- Verify girders are handled properly upon placement
- Verify that erection markings are followed and erection conforms to the erection drawings
- Verify that erected beams and girders are adequately tied and braced until cross frames and diaphragms are in place.
- Assure that all contact surfaces of all connections and splice plates are free from dirt, rust, mill scale, oil, grease, etc.
- Assure that all connections are properly pinned and secured with erection bolts
- Verify that all bolted connections are properly torqued
- Absolutely no welding except as shown in plans, or authorized by Bridge Engineer
- No flame cutting should be allowed
- Assure reaming of holes is held to a minimum
- Check that proper bolts, nuts and washers are used
- Verify calibration of torque wrenches
- Visually inspect all bolt tightening operations
- Check at least 10% but not less than 2 bolts per connection.
- Do not allow contractor to torque bolts in connections between normal diaphragms or cross frames and girders of skewed bridges until after deck has been placed.
- Profile beam and girders and check against plan requirements and elevations
- Obtain paint certificates and submit sample to Materials Lab Bureau for testing and approval
- Verify that damaged shop paint is repaired with proper paint
- If the deck finishing machine is to be supported on the overhang forms, the contractor must submit a bracing plan for PM's approval.