The Office of Structures

The Office of the Director

The Office of the Director sets the design and administrative policy for the Office of Structures. The office also coordinates the efforts of and provides leadership for the subordinate divisions and units. These efforts include involvement as necessary in on going projects in the development and construction phases. The development of standards, technology policy and administration of special contract agreements are also coordinated through this office.

The Bridge Administrative Section

The Bridge Administrative section provides personnel administrative support for the Office of Structures. This includes training, hiring, travel and equipment acquisition. etc. Employees in this section also coordinate logistics for the office, process project advertisement documents, and administer the storage and control of contract documents and design data.

The Structures Inspection and Remedial Engineering Divisions (S.I.R.E.)

The Structures Inspection and Remedial Engineering Division keeps state highway structures safe for the traveling public through continuous regular condition inspection above and below water of all existing structures. This division provides for structural analysis, routine and preventive maintenance, bridge painting and minor rehabilitation contracts to address structure needs. The evaluation of all permits for overweight moves and their affect on structures is also a full time assignment to this area. The work described above is either done in-house or by consultants managed by this Division.

The Structures Engineering Divisions

The Structures Engineering Project Development Division perform the design for all structures, on the state maintained system, which includes new bridges, bridge replacements, deck replacements, culverts, retaining walls and noise abatement walls. Additionally, the Local Government Programs Division is involved extensively in the bridge replacement program for all county owned bridges; reviewing all documents prior to advertisement. For structures crossing waterways, the Structure Hydrology and Hydraulics Division provides hydrology and hydraulic studies (the study of water flow and how it affects the area of the structure and the surrounding areas) and determines sizes of proposed structures over streams, rivers and wetlands. This Division also evaluates each crossing as it relates to the passage of fish and provides recommendations where necessary to ensure their passage. During construction, the Quality Assurance Programs Division is responsible for review of all documents that are generated by a contractor and/or his suppliers during construction. This assures that all projects are built according to the design documents (sizing as well as materials), as well as conforming to all safety requirements for the protection of the workers and the traveling public.