DENVER -- The tragic Florida bridge collapse has many wondering if other pedestrian bridges are regularly inspected. RTD is responsible for 88 bridges in the metro area, including pedestrian, light rail and commuter rail bridges.
According to an RTD board of directors report, these bridges are inspected twice a year. The inspections are contracted through a qualified bridge inspection consultant. Bridge inspectors are required to have completed National Bridge Inspection Standards training, including an 80-hour primary course and appropriate supplemental courses.
The average annual budget for the bridge inspections, including inspection staff, access equipment, traffic control, and other costs, is about $312,180.
Inspectors look for structural deterioration and damage, and make any necessary repairs. The inspection program has resulted in numerous minor repairs being made.
The City of Denver Public Works department is responsible for 214 pedestrian bridges. They are inspected every three years by professional engineers.