Meeting Bridge Safety Rules

Crouch Engineering has the staff expertise and experience to perform all types of railroad bridges inspections, and report conditions conforming to AREMA guidelines and FRA requirements.

Bridge Inspections

Crouch Engineering performs FRA compliant annual bridge inspections for more than 60 railroads, conforming to FRA Bridge Safety Rules (CFR Part 214). 

In response to the Federal Railroad Administration’s new Bridge Safety Rules (2012), Crouch Engineering developed the SmartLine Bridge Program.  The SmartLine Program includes FRA compliant Bridge management plans, Bridge Inspections, Data recording, Bridge Capacity Load Ratings, and maintenance record keeping, and provides a simple, straightforward, and cost effective means for maintaining FRA Bridge Safety Rules compliance.

Crouch Engineering has developed FRA compliant bridge management plans for many railroads across the U.S., and serves as the Inspector and Bridge Engineer for those railroads.  With the 2017 deadline approaching for completion of bridge capacity load ratings, Crouch has completed hundreds of railroad bridge load ratings, and is working to complete many more prior to the FRA deadline.  The FRA requires that load ratings be conducted by experienced railway engineers.  Individual States require that load ratings be performed by Engineers licensed in those states.  Crouch Engineering is licensed in 48 states, and has the experience, expertise, and confidence to rate all types of railroad bridges.  Our clients have confidence that they are getting an independent, unbiased assessment, with their safety and operations kept in mind. 

Crouch Engineering has the staff expertise and experience to inspect all types of railroad bridges, and report conditions conforming to AREMA guidelines and FRA requirements.  In annual inspections, each structural member of each bridge is examined, and a condition code applied and recorded in report forms designed to meet FRA rules.  Reports are maintained on the Crouch Engineering FTP site for easy access, password protected for each individual railroad.

 

Bridge Inspection Projects by Crouch Engineering

Rail Line Acquisition Due Diligence Patriot Rail

Crouch Engineering performed Due Diligence inspections of track and bridges including the condition of timber, concrete, and steel bridges, and structural evaluations.  Crouch conducted Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments conforming to ASTM Guidelines for railroad line purchases by Patriot Rail for the Weyerhaeuser Railroads, Utah Central Railroad, Louisiana and North West Railroad, Tennessee Southern Railroad, and the Rarus Railroad (Butte, Anaconda, & Pacific Railroad, Anaconda, MT).

Rail Line Acquisition Due Diligence Zee Line

Crouch Engineering performed Due Diligence inspections of track and bridges including the condition of timber, concrete, and steel bridges, and structural evaluations. Crouch conducted Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments conforming to ASTM Guidelines for the Zee Line Railroad (a portion of the CN) in Slaughter, LA.

TDOT Rail Needs Study

Crouch Engineering, P.C. provided an assessment and cost estimate of track infrastructure needs for 17 Public Railroad Authorities in the State of Tennessee. The project involved sampling over 812 miles of track, performing tunnel inspections, and summarizing current railroad track and roadbed condition data. The assessment and deliverables included field inspections, data collection, assembling railroad capital budgets, establishing Uniform minimum Standards and Unit Prices, producing final reports, producing log books from inspections, and providing an updated database to TDOT of physical needs for all shortline railroads. The end goal was to provide the Tennessee Department of Transportation with a fair and equitable basis for making annual allocations of track improvement assistance grants from the State of Tennessee to the Tennessee Short Line Railroad Authorities.