Our nation's bridges are getting older. Most of the nation's bridges have an average age of 39 years. Ratings for bridge qualityare declining quickly, a big threat to driving safety.
The NBIS standards are straightforward. Every bridge in the United States should undergo an inspection every other year, yet bridge inspections are not proceeding quickly.
As the concern for updated new bridge design is sorely needed, a bridge inspector must contend with the eventual failures of our current bridge structures prior to evaluating new bridge construction.
Among the biggest problems with inspecting bridges is gaining access to bridge structures in a safe manner. The the snooper heavy duty vehicle is created to lift inspectors to hard to reach areas of large bridge structures. But this isn't the only capable snooper equipment available.
Advances in bridge technology might be paving the way in the near future making inspecting bridges safer, less costly and much more thorough than ever before.
Bridge structures that would not have been inspected before without unsafe road closures or costly downtime can now be inspected in a matter of days. This new technology permits inspectors to access bridge structures without harming the environment or putting wildlife in danger. As the cost of bridge inspections lessens and technology becomes easier to access, our bridge structures will get the repairs they need to hold up on into the future.