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Audit Initiated of FHWA’s Implementation of Prior OIG Bridge Program Recommendations and MAP-21 Bridge Provisions

Requested by the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
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The May 23, 2013, collapse of a portion of the Skagit River Bridge in Washington State brought renewed attention to the safety and conditions of the Nation’s bridges. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is responsible for overseeing States’ compliance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards and with legislative provisions for Federal bridge funding. Since 2006, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued three reports recommending improvements to FHWA’s oversight of bridge programs. Our objectives are to assess FHWA’s actions in response to (1) prior OIG bridge report recommendations and (2) the bridge safety provisions in Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).