Bridge Inspection Manual

Publication Version
M 36-64.14
Manual Manager
Roman Peralta
Bridge Preservation; Local Programs

The Washington State Bridge Inspection Manual (WSBIM) has been developed to provide specific guidance, offer needed technical details, and serve as an information source to both state and local agency staff related to and involved with bridge inspections within the state of Washington. The intent of this manual is to serve as an operations manual for the collection, processing and reporting of bridge inspection information.

Bridge Inspection Manual Memorandums

Bridge inspection manual memorandums are issued as interim updates to the Bridge Inspection Manual.

Individual Chapters

Foreword (PDF 269KB)
Comment Request Form (PDF 154KB)
Contents (PDF 257KB)
Introduction (PDF 272KB)

Chapter 1 Bridge Inspection Organization Requirements (PDF 1.2MB)
Chapter 2 Bridge Files and Documentation (PDF 3.9MB)
Chapter 3 Inspections and Reports (PDF 5.1MB)
Chapter 4 WSDOT Bridge Elements (PDF 9.9MB)
Chapter 5 Load Rating and Scour (PDF 1.4MB)
Chapter 6 Damage and Repairs (PDF 600KB)
Chapter 7 Quality Control/Quality Assurance (PDF 1.3MB)
Chapter 8 Electrical and Mechanical (PDF 2.1MB)
Chapter 9 Tunnels (PDF 566KB)

Revision History

M 36-64.14

M 36-64.13

M 36-64.12

M 36-64.11

M 36-64.10 

M 36-64.09 

M 36-64.08

M 36-64.07

M 36-64.06 

M 36-64.05 

M 36-64.04 

M 36-64.03

M 36-64.02

M 36-64.01 February 2009

Slow down – lives are on the line. 

In 2023, speeding continued to be a top reason for work zone crashes.

Even one life lost is too many.

Fatal work zone crashes doubled in 2023 - Washington had 10 fatal work zone crashes on state roads.

It's in EVERYONE’S best interest.

95% of people hurt in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians, not just our road crews.