Defining a “road bridge” as a structure with a span of 1.5m or more providing public highway passage for motor vehicles over an obstacle such as a watercourse, railway, road or valley, please provide the following information for all road bridges for which you own as highway authority, including those which are jointly owned with another authority, but for which you are the lead authority:
These questions all relate to the financial year 2021/2022.
- How many road bridges are you responsible for maintaining?
- For the last financial year 2021/22: (i) how many Principal Inspections have taken place in that year? (ii) how many Principal Inspections did you plan to do in that year?
- For the last financial year 2021/22: (i) how many General Inspections have taken place in that year? (ii) how many General Inspections did you plan to do in that year?
- For the last financial year 2021/22 how many Structural Reviews did you undertake?
- How many sub-standard (in terms of capacity) and/or weight restricted bridges do you have?
- Of these, how many do you intend to return to full load carrying capacity in the next 5 years?
- How many bridges would you return to full load carrying capacity if you had no resource restrictions?
- (i) How many post-tensioned bridges do you have? (ii) How many of those have had PTSIs within the last 18 years? (iii) Of those that have not had a PTSI, how many require/are due one? (iv) How much funding would you anticipate is required to remove the backlog of PTSIs for those bridges identified in Q8(iii)?
- In monetary terms, what is the current Depreciation (i.e. difference between your GRC and DRC for 2021/22)?
- What is the calculated value of your workbank (e.g. as taken from SAVI or other means)?
- (i) What is the annual revenue works budget for maintaining your bridge stock? (excluding staff costs) (ii) What is the annual capital works budget for maintaining your bridges stock? (iii) What total budget would you estimate is required to maintain the bridge stock at its current level (standstill budget)?
- (i) How many Stage 1 Scour Assessments did you undertake in 2021/22 as a % of those requiring an assessment? (ii) How many Stage 2 Scour Assessments did you undertake in 2021/22 as a % of those requiring an assessment?
- (i) How many bridges under your management completely collapsed in 2021/22? (ii) How many bridges under your management partially collapsed in 2021/22? (iii) Would you be happy to share the detail with members of the UK Bridges Board? Y/N
- What was your Bridge Stock Condition Index (BSCI) at the end of 2021/2022 (or current if easier).
- What issues with managing your bridge stock causes you most concern?
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