FRA Provides First-Ever Bridge Inspection Handbook to All Railroads

WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) have collaborated to distribute AREMA’s first-ever Bridge Inspection Handbook.

It contains vital information for use by bridge inspectors, maintenance of way managers, and all other persons who are involved in decisions related to railroad bridge safety and management. It provides sound direction and advice based on recognized engineering practices to assist railroads in meeting its bridge inspection duties.

FRA purchased and distributed one copy of this important reference guide to each of the nearly 700 railroads in the U.S. Additional copies are available through AREMA at

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