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Performance-Based Management of Highway Bridges

PROGRAM AREA: Structures
Web-based Training (WBT)Web-based Training (WBT)
Calendar Year
4 Hours
0.4 Units
$0 Per Participant



The traditional approach to bridge management has focused on identifying the worst performing structures in the inventory and addressing their deficiencies before anything else. But as inventories expand and age and as budgets shrink, most agencies discover that even as they address the worst bridges in the inventory, other bridges that could have been saved through preservation activities slip into deficiency. Today, the public expects transportation agencies to adopt a performance-based management approach that will achieve the highest level of performance possible and make the most effective use of available funds. The Performance-based Management of Bridges course uses video-based testimonies from transportation professionals to illustrate the ways in which their agencies have used performance-based management to estimate the cost-effectiveness of decisions and assess risk.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how a bridge management system supports a performance-based bridge program.
  • Identify framework for a performance-based management business model;
  • Describe the development of performance measures;
  • Describe methods for determining cost-effectiveness of actions;
  • Describe considerations when assessing risk; and
  • Describe strategies for communicating and reporting highway bridge performance-based management actions and results to other agency stakeholders and the public


The target audience includes Federal, State, and local bridge program managers; bridge management engineers; bridge management practitioners; transportation planners; and project planning and programming personnel. Additionally, transportation performance management team members, transportation asset management team members, bridge preservation and maintenance engineers, the financial management team, bridge inspectors, and bridge designers may benefit from this training. All participants should have knowledge of basic bridge terminology.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.

The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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