The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) established Federal safety requirements for railroad bridges in 2010 under 49 CFR Part 237. VTrans established a Rail Bridge Management Program in September 2012 in accordance with these regulations. The program is responsible for collecting and maintaining an inventory of rail bridges, their condition, and making recommendations on repairs, strengthening or replacement of components or entire structures. These regulations also mandate that annual safety inspections are performed for each bridge, and that all bridges have an initial determination of load capacity completed by September 2017.
There are 214 rail bridges on State-owned property. The State is responsible for 178 of those bridges, with the railroad operator responsible for the remaining 36 bridges through existing lease agreements.
If you have any questions, please contact Erin Charbonneau, the VTrans Rail Bridge Management Engineer.