FRA Bridge Standards

FRA's rules for Bridge Safety Standards (49 CFR Parts 213 and 237) create tough new standards, mandates and reporting requirements. Crouch Engineering's SmartLine™ FRA Compliance program helps you to stay in compliance.

FRA Bridge Compliance

The SmartLine™ FRA Compliance Program

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) compliance impacts every business function in railway companies, both operationally and strategically. The FRA’s latest rules for Bridge Safety Standards (49 CFR, Parts 213 and 237) create even tougher standards, mandates and reporting requirements.  

FRA rule 49 CRF parts 213 and 237 mandate for railroad companies nationwide to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Develop and maintain an accurate bridge inventory of different railroads across the nation
  • Conduct regular comprehensive inspections of all bridges at least once each year
  • Set new written procedures to ensure all bridges are not loaded beyond capacity
  • Document all repairs, modifications and inspections
  • Provide a review process to verify and validate all inspections
  • Certify that all bridge inspections are conducted by qualified persons in accordance with state requirements: only state licensed engineers are qualified to produce reports regarding structural capacity and Crouch Engineering is licensed in over 40 states
  • Maintain new records on structural integrity and safe capacity standards for FRA review

That’s why Crouch Engineering developed our SmartLine™ FRA Compliance program. Our team works seamlessly together with your organization, providing proper inspections and documentation to assure complete compliance.

FRA Compliant Bridge Management Plans

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. 

Get the Compliance Green Light

The new FRA standards bring tough new challenges for your company...More expense, more paperwork and FRA fines totalling up to $100,000.

With more than 200 assembled years of national and international railway engineering knowledge and experience, Crouch Engineering is ready to help you create safe, cost-effective solutions to meet the tough new FRA requirements.

Our SmartLine Compliance Program is fast, smart and accurate – ensuring you have the information you need when you need it through our SmartLine documentation program.

Licensed in 48 States

Crouch Engineering is committed to client responsiveness related to FRA compliance and we have the experience to back it up. Our professionals are licensed in 48 states. We have inspected and designed hundreds of railroad bridges for more than seventy different railroads across the nation.

We put prompt service and immediate response to your needs at the very top of our list of objectives. From track design and engineering to regulatory support and compliance, now one call provides the partnership you need to keep your railway moving.