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Annual Materials Report on New Bridge Construction and Bridge Rehabilitation

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Annual Materials Report on New Bridge Construction and Bridge Rehabilitation

Victor M. Mendez
Federal Highway Administration
August 31, 2012


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 170 (Friday, August 31, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 53251-53252]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21537]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Annual Materials Report on New Bridge Construction and Bridge 
Rehabilitation

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Section 1114 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient 
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Pub. L. 
109-59; 119 Stat. 1144) continued the highway bridge program to enable 
States to improve the condition of their highway bridges over 
waterways, other topographical barriers, other highways, and railroads. 
Section 1114(f) amended 23 United State Code (U.S.C.) 144 by adding 
subsection (r), requiring the Secretary of Transportation to publish in 
the Federal Register a report describing construction materials used in 
new Federal-aid bridge construction and bridge rehabilitation projects. 
As part of the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 
110-244), 23 U.S.C. 144 subsection (r) became subsection (q), but the 
reporting requirement remained the same.

ADDRESSES: The report is posted on the FHWA Web site at: 
http:[sol][sol]www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/brdgtabs.cfm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ann Shemaka, Office of Bridge 
Technology, (202) 366-1575, or via email at ann.shemaka@dot.gov or Mr. 
Thomas Everett, Office of Bridge Technology, (202) 366-4675, or via 
email at thomas.everett@dot.gov, or for legal questions, Robert Black, 
(202) 366-1359, or via email at robert.black@dot.gov, Federal Highway 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office 
hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In conformance with 23 U.S.C. 144(q), FHWA 
has produced a report that summarizes the types of construction 
materials used in new bridge construction and bridge rehabilitation 
projects. Data on Federal-aid and non-Federal-aid highway bridges are 
included in the report for completeness. The December 2009 National 
Bridge Inventory (NBI) dataset was used to identify the material types 
for bridges that were new or replaced within the defined time period. 
The FHWA's Financial Management Information System and the 2011 NBI 
were used to identify the material types for bridges that were 
rehabilitated within the defined time period. Currently preventative 
maintenance projects are included in the rehabilitation totals.
    The report, which is available at http:[sol][sol]www.fhwa.dot.gov/
bridge/brdgtabs.cfm, consists of the following tables:
     Construction Materials for New and Replaced Bridges, a 
summary report which includes Federal-aid highways and non-Federal-aid 
highways built in 2010 and 2009.
     Construction Materials for Rehabilitated Bridges, a 
summary report which includes Federal-aid and non-Federal-aid highways 
rehabilitated in 2010 and 2009.
     Construction Materials for Combined New, Replaced and 
Rehabilitated Bridges, a summary report which combines the first two 
tables cited above.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New and 
Replaced Bridges 2010, a detailed State-by-State report with counts and 
areas for Federal-aid bridges built or replaced in 2010.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New and 
Replaced Bridges 2009, a detailed State-by-State report with counts and 
areas for Federal-aid bridges built or replaced in 2009.
     Non-Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New 
and Replaced Bridges 2010, a detailed State-by-State report with counts 
and areas for non-Federal-aid bridges built or replaced in 2010.
     Non-Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New 
and Replaced Bridges 2009, a detailed State-by-State report with counts 
and areas for non-Federal-aid bridges built or replaced in 2009.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for 
Rehabilitated Bridges 2010, a detailed State-by-State report with 
counts and areas for Federal-aid bridges rehabilitated in 2010.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for 
Rehabilitated Bridges 2009, a detailed State-by-State report with 
counts and areas for Federal-aid bridges rehabilitated in 2009.
     Non-Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for 
Rehabilitated Bridges 2010, a detailed State-by-State report with 
counts and areas for non-Federal-aid bridges rehabilitated in 2010.
     Non-Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for 
Rehabilitated Bridges 2009, a detailed State-by-State report with 
counts and areas for non-Federal-aid bridges rehabilitated in 2009.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New, 
Replaced and Rehabilitated Bridges 2010, which combines the 2010 
reports on new, replaced and rehabilitated Federal-aid bridges.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New, 
Replaced and Rehabilitated Bridges 2009, which combines the 2009 
reports on new, replaced and rehabilitated Federal-aid bridges.
     Non-Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New, 
Replaced and Rehabilitated Bridges 2010, which combines the 2010 
reports on new, replaced and rehabilitated non-Federal-aid bridges.
     Non-Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New 
Replaced and Rehabilitated Bridges 2009, which combines the 2009 
reports on new, replaced and rehabilitated non-Federal-aid bridges.
    The tables provide data for 2 years: 2009 and 2010. The 2009 data 
is considered complete for new, replaced and rehabilitated bridges, 
with a minimal likelihood of upward changes in the totals. The 2010 
data is considered partially complete for new bridges and complete for 
rehabilitated bridges, because many new bridges built in 2010 will not 
appear in the NBI until they are placed into service the following 
year. Therefore, next year's report will include 2010's data on new 
bridge construction, because the data will be complete.
    Each table displays simple counts of bridges and total bridge deck 
area. Total bridge deck area is measured in square meters, by 
multiplying the bridge length by the deck width out-to-out. Culverts 
under fill are included in the counts but not in the areas because a 
roadway width is not collected. The data is categorized by the 
following material types, which are identified in the NBI: steel, 
concrete, pre-stressed concrete, and other. The category ``other'' 
includes wood, timber, masonry, aluminum, wrought iron, cast iron, and

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other. Material type is the predominate type for the main span(s).

    Authority: 23 U.S.C. 144(q); Sec. 1114(f), Pub. L. 109-59, 119 
Stat. 1144.

    Issued on: August 24, 2012.
Victor M. Mendez,
Federal Highway Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2012-21537 Filed 8-30-12; 8:45 am]
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