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Bridge Maintenance: An Asset Management Approach


This workshop is designed for local government agency personnel responsible for the development and implementation of a bridge maintenance program. Students will learn how to utilize bridge safety inspection data to determine bridge maintenance needs, develop and schedule a repair program, review basic bridge repairs, and respond to bridge emergencies.

Date & Location

Not currently scheduled. 

Topics Covered

  • Development of a bridge asset management program
  • Integration of condition assessments into operational planning
  • Prioritizing both proactive and reactive maintenance
  • Relationship between structure age and maintenance needs
  • Overview of typical maintenance procedures
  • Strategic planning for bridge emergencies

Who Should Attend

County or city engineers or their technical staff who have responsibility for bridge safety inspections and/or bridge maintenance.


Bob Kleinschmidt retired as a senior engineering specialist after 37 years in the Bemidji MnDOT Construction Inspection unit. His duties included supervising bridge construction inspection projects, the district bridge safety inspection program with bridge maintenance operations, and developing the annual district bridge maintenance program. Currently he is involved in construction inspection and bridge maintenance training.

Kenneth Johnson, P.E. started his civil engineering career working for the Aitkin County Highway Department, where his duties included inspection and maintenance of bridges. In 1977, Ken started with Wheeler Lumber, LLC, where he developed the use of treated timber for highway bridges. Since retiring in 2006, Ken has worked in the development of training programs for both construction and safety inspection for highway bridges.



This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.

Minnesota LTAP | University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN 55455 | Location & Contact Information