Office of Maintenance
Florida's Bridge Information
The Florida Department of Transportation bridge program has a solid safety record. The Safety and Preservation of the State Highway System is the top priority of the Florida Department of Transportation. The FDOT staff involved with designing, constructing, inspecting and maintaining our bridge inventory is committed to ensuring these structures remain safe. While we are confident our bridges are safe, the FDOT bridge staff is always vigilant in maintaining safety and seeks to always improve our program.
The State of Florida ranks among the lowest in the nation for percent of bridges that are considered "structurally deficient." In Florida, this does not mean a bridge is unsafe. If a bridge is unsafe, we do not hesitate to close it immediately.
This site will be updated quarterly.
Underwater Bridge Inspections
Florida is decentralized, with each of its districts running its own bridge inspection efforts, including the underwater bridge inspections. The underwater bridge inspections are performed by a combination of in house teams and consultant efforts. An entry level underwater bridge inspector will be a commercial diver. Five of the districts have in-house dive teams. The senior diver is generally also a certified bridge inspector. The Department provides training in bridge inspection and underwater bridge inspection, so with experience the entry level diver can become certified as a bridge inspector.
The majority of our dives are in relatively shallow water and they are accomplished by either surface supplied or scuba. However, sometimes penetration dives are required for culverts.
If you are interested in working for the Department as an underwater bridge inspector, you can look for positions at: People First.
|File Title||File Type||File Size||Revision Date|
|Bridge Condition Terminology||Adobe PDF||8 KB||8-27-08|
|Bridge Inspection Process||Adobe PDF||65 KB||6-27-08|
|Bridge Load Rating Manual January 2014||Adobe PDF||891 KB||1-1-14|
|Bridge Load Rating Manual August 2012||Adobe PDF||1,379 KB||8-1-12|
|Bridge Load Rating Manual January 2011||Adobe PDF||934 KB||1-1-11|
|Bridge Maintenance and Repair Handbook||Adobe PDF||3,957 KB||8-19-11|
|Certified Bridge Inspector List Sorted by Name||Adobe PDF||104 KB||10-24-13|
|Certified Bridge Inspector List Sorted by Number||Adobe PDF||104 KB||10-24-13|
|Check the Status of Roads and Bridges||--||--||--|
|Florida Bridge Information||Adobe PDF||1,746 KB||1-1-14|
|Florida Bridge Information Archive||--||--||--|
|Florida Highway Administration (FHWA) Highway Bridge Replacement Rehabilitation Program||--||--||--|
|National Clearance Information||--||--||--|
|Movable Bridge Opening Schedules||--||--||--|