The rapid assessment of a bridge structure’s safety and functionality is an essential component to restoring vital lifeline routes after a major earthquake. Appropriate posting categories are used to assure the safety of the traveling public. The objective of this manual is to provide a rapid and efficient method of inspecting bridge structures after an earthquake. The primary users of this manual are intended to be the initial Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel who will initially reach the bridge sites. It is recognized that such first-line personnel will possess a variety of backgrounds and, therefore, a systematic method of evaluating the damage is necessary. This manual represents a rapid and efficient method of inspecting damaged bridge structures in a uniform manner. Evaluation forms are intended to be filled out electronically, whereby, the resulting posting will be determined through an internal program developed from the expert opinions of the authors. Appropriate posting actions and recommendations are then produced from the inspection results on the evaluation forms. The information gathered on these forms will also be used to prioritize the follow-up inspections by trained bridge engineers and plan repair efforts.

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