Confidence in Load Rating

Crouch Engineering performs bridge capacity load ratings for many railroads and all types of railroad bridges, conforming to FRA Bridge Safety Rules (CFR Part 214)

Bridge Capacity Load Rating

Crouch Engineering performs capacity load ratings for many railroads and all types of railroad bridges, across the United States, conforming to FRA Bridge Safety Rules (CFR Part 214). 

Crouch Engineering has the staff expertise and experience to load rate all types of railroad bridges, and performs evaluations and calculations conforming to AREMA guidelines and FRA requirements.  Crouch Engineering uses static and dynamic modeling tools, coupled with existing conditions of all structural members of each bridge to determine design load ratings and maximum load ratings for each structure.  Reports are maintained on the Crouch Engineering FTP site for easy access, password protected for each individual railroad.

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.