New York State Local Technical Assistance Program

Video: Bridges and Culverts (BC)

Aesthetic Bridge Rails and Guardrails (BC160)
FHWA/DOT (8 minutes)
A general overview of how safety and aesthetics are combined in roadside safety hardware. Crash testing is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of steel-backed timber, pre-cast and masonry stone guardrails, and aesthetic bridge rails.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents and bridge crews.

Bridge Jacking (BC168)
NYSDOT (14 minutes)
Reviews the step-by-step process involved in jacking bridges. Looks at the equipment used, safety procedures, and bridge-bearing maintenance.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews.

Cleaning and Clearing of Bridges© (BC002)
FHWA/IRF (13 minutes)
Describes why and how to clean all types of bridges and their components.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews.

Cleaning of Lined Ditches, Culverts, and Catch Basins© (DR022)
FHWA/IRF (16 minutes)
Demonstrates proper procedures for manual cleaning of lined ditches, culverts, and catch basins. Shows how to schedule cleaning work.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials and foremen.

Concrete Bridge Deck Repair© (BC003)
FHWA/IRF (18 minutes)
Procedures for permanent repair of partial and full-depth bridge deck holes with cement concrete.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews.

Concrete Bridge Protection, Repair, and Rehabilitation (BC264)
NACE (5 minutes)
Methods of permanent repair and rehabilitation, as well as protection of concrete bridges.
Suggested audience: highway officials, crews, and engineers.

Design and Installation of Buried Pipes (BC319)
American Society of Civil Engineers (42 minutes)
An engineer-level review of the structural design and installation of buried pipe including pressure and non-pressure culvert pipes. Includes a resource book.
Suggested audience: county highway superintendents and engineers.

Drainage Pipe Installation (DR272)
Pennsylvania DOT (18 minutes)
Gives road crews a general description of how to install small culvert pipes.
Suggested audience: highway officials and crews with limited pipe installation experience.

Guardrail Installation and Repair© (BC117)
APWA (20 minutes)
Illustrates a variety of guardrail types, installation diagrams, and methods for installation techniques. Presentation materials are keyed to State of Washington standards, but are generic enough that it can be useful to any state following AASHTO’s design criteria.
Suggested audience: those who install and maintain guardrails.

Modern Timber Bridges: A New Return for Old New England (BC005)
Rhode Island T2 Center (15 minutes)
Presents information on how, through a collaborative effort, a timber bridge was constructed across a river 22 feet wide. Shows how it uses local under-utilized timber, achieves the same weight-bearing capability as a steel or concrete bridge, can be constructed with minimal equipment by public works crews, can be installed in a fraction of the time, and can reduce maintenance costs over time.
Suggested audience: small to medium-sized municipalities.

Prefabricated Timber Bridge Deck Panels (BC301)
TKO Enterprises/USDA Forest Service (11 minutes)
In the Lake Erie snowbelt of Ashtabula County, Ohio, Engineer John Smolen has developed a way to build timber bridges indoors. The timber bridge program not only allows county employees to stay busy between snow plowings, it produces bridges faster. Bridges needing repair see less closing time and more traffic.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, crews, and engineers.

Structures Safety (SA387)
Iowa Department of Transportation (12 minutes)
Covers some of the typical hazards around bridge and culvert construction sites. Emphasis is on preventing workers and objects from falling, and crane hazards.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, supervisors, and crews.
Comments from viewers: "Warns viewer to be super-alert and knowledgeable about the many dangers of construction above, on and below ground. Good hints."

Timber Bridge #2 (BC006)
Pennsylvania DOT (27 minutes)
Shows how modern timber bridges can be installed by local construction firms or municipal employees at lower cost and in less time than traditional bridge construction.
Suggested audience: small to medium-sized municipalities.

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