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4.9. — Culverts

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4.9.1. — Roles and Responsibilities Comparison

Key Steps

  • Staff Bridge Branch maintains culvert inventories, performs inspections, and calculates a risk-based Prioritization Value.
  • Identifies culvert conditions that pose a threat to the function of the structure or the safety of the traveling public, and focuses the investment of these culverts with Essential Repair Findings (ERFs).
  • When the ERF backlog is reduced, other high-priority culvert projects can be addressed.
  • Culvert conditions drive region funding distributions and project selection.
  • Project selection seeks to cost-effectively improve culvert performance in meeting targets to preserve transportation infrastructure condition, and ensure safety and mobility.

Handoffs and Coordination

  • Consultant inspection teams are used to perform On-System minor structure inspections.
  • The Statewide Non-Bridge Inspection Coordinator provides oversight and project management for the On-System minor structure inspections.
  • Regions are provided with the culvert prioritization list annually and identify culverts (or projects including culverts) and treatments for that year.

 4.9.2. — Key Policies

  • PD 14 sets CDOT performance targets for culverts.
  • 23 CFR Part 490 Subpart D – Final rule establishing national performance management measures for assessing culvert conditions.
  • 23 CFR Part 650 Subpart C – Final rule establishing policies for the national standards for the proper safety inspection and evaluation of culverts.
  • 23 CFR Part 650 Subpart D – Regulation prescribing policies and outlining procedures for administering the Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program.

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