What do we do if we receive a red flag on a bridge inspection (and what does it mean)?

A red flag following an inspection is the issuance
of a type structural NYDOT Bridge Inspection Manual deficiency warning and is used to indicate that the failure or potential failure of a primary structural bridge component is likely to occur within two years of the current inspection.

Once corrective action is taken, a highway department can provide the state with documentation showing that the deficiency has been resolved and, once the state reviews the corrective actions, a certification is issued to the responsible party confirming that
the red flag has been officially removed.




New York State Bridge Inspection Manual
Appendix B “Inspection Flagging Procedure



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