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Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-09-011
Date: March 2009

A Portable Field Guide for Bridge Inspectors

Both convenient and easy to use, a new pocket guide available from the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Resource Center offers a portable reference for bridge inspectors. Stream Instability, Bridge Scour, and Countermeasures: A Field Guide for Bridge Inspectors provides tips and guidance on what to look for with regard to both stream instability, including lateral instability, degradation, and aggradation, and scour at bridges, including contraction scour, pier scour, and abutment scour. Also covered are plans of action and countermeasures, such as monitoring, flood watches, bridge closures, and river training countermeasures.

To obtain a copy of the guide or for more information, contact Larry Arneson of the FHWA Resource Center's Geotech and Hydraulics Team, 720-963-3200 (email: larry.arneson@fhwa.dot.gov). Copies are also available from the Federal Highway Administration R&T Product Distribution Center, HRTM-03 (email: report.center@dot.gov). For more information on additional resources offered by the team, including training opportunities, best practices, and publications, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/resourcecenter/teams/geotech/index.cfm.

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