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LTBP Community

In order for the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program to succeed, it must have strong partnerships with the State transportation departments that own bridges, consultants who design and inspect bridges, industries that supply the materials for bridges, and academics who provide innovative technologies for use on bridges. The LTBP Program staff and contractors have been working to strengthen these partnerships through the various forums discussed below.

State Coordinators

Every year since 2011, the LTBP Program has held a 2-day meeting with the LTBP Program State Coordinators. During these meetings, the LTBP Team provides program updates and collects key information to provide practical insights to help understand bridge performance.

The LTBP Program State Coordinator is a bridge engineer selected by his or her State transportation department to be their representative to support the Program. There are 52 State Coordinators—one for each State transportation department, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. These Coordinators get access to valuable Program resources including the LTBP Program Bridge Portal and LTBP Program SharePoint site and are involved in the selection of bridges in their State to be included in Program research. Additionally, they provide the following:

  • Documentation on the selected bridges, maintenance data, etc.
  • Access to the bridges for inspection.
  • Bridge timelines.
  • Ideas and feedback.
  • Review and revisions to protocols and articles.

Figure 1. Map. LTBP Program State Coordinators. This map shows the following 52 Long-Term Bridge Performance Program State Coordinators: Eric Christie (Alabama), Richard Pratt (Alaska), Pe-Shen Yang (Arizona), Mike Hill (Arkansas), Dolores Valls (California), Mike Collins (Colorado), Greg Funk (Connecticut), Jason Arndt (Delaware), Donald Cooney (District of Columbia), Jeffrey Pouliotte (Florida), Bill Duvall (Georgia), John Williams (Hawaii), Matt Farrar (Idaho), Carl Puzey (Illinois), Anne Rearick (Indiana), Ahmad Abu-Hawash (Iowa), Paul Kulseth (Kansas), David Steele (Kentucky), Arthur D'Andrea (Louisiana), Wayne Frankhauser (Maine), Jeffrey Robert (Maryland), Alexander Bardow (Massachusetts), David Juntunen (Michigan), Edward Lutgen (Minnesota), Richard Withers (Mississippi), Bryan Hartnagel (Missouri), David Warner (Montana), Fouad Jaber (Nebraska), Nancy Kennedy (Nevada), Robert Landry Jr. (New Hampshire), Eddy Germain (New Jersey), Kimberly Coleman (New Mexico), Erica Westhuis (New York), Eric Nelson (North Carolina), Jon Ketterling (North Dakota), Omar Abu-Hajer (Ohio), Michael Johnson (Oklahoma), Bruce Johnson (Oregon), Thomas Macioce (Pennsylvania), Christian Berrios (Puerto Rico), Keith Gaulin (Rhode Island), Richard Floyd (South Carolina), Steve Johnson (South Dakota), Wayne Seger (Tennessee), Graham Bettis (Texas), Rebecca Nix (Utah), Pam Thurber (Vermont), Adam Matteo (Virginia), Glen Scroggins (Washington), William Varney (West Virginia), William Oliva (Wisconsin), and Michael Menghini (Wyoming).
Figure 1. Map. LTBP Program State Coordinators.

Transportation Research Board (TRB) Long-Term Bridge Performance Committee

The TRB Long-Term Bridge Performance Committee commonly referred to as BCOM, provides policy and programmatic advice and assistance on the conduct of the LTBP Program. The vommittee consists of State transportation department executive leadership including deputy secretaries, chief engineers, State bridge engineers, and directors of research; academics, including chaired professors from leading departments of civil and environmental engineers; and members of industry from consulting, engineering, and construction firms, many of whom were formerly State bridge engineers. Liaisons to the committee include representatives from American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), National Academies of Science and Engineering, concrete and steel institutes and the American Trucking Association.

BCOM meets twice a year with the LTBP Program team for two days of informational briefings, status reports, and discussion of the program. From the meetings, the committee is charged with developing a consensus report of findings and recommendation to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator. A committee finding is a conclusion based on the meeting's reading material, presentations, and discussions. A committee recommendation is a suggested action by the LTBP team as a consequence of this finding.

TRB Long Term Bridge Performance Special Activities Committee (BSPEC)

The TRB Long-Term Bridge Performance Special Activities Committee, also known as BSPEC, provides technical guidance and assistance on the conduct of LTBP Program. BSPEC was formed by the merger of three expert technical groups (ETGs) that covered bridge traffic and truck weights (BT&T); bridge durability and preservation (BD&P); and bridge evaluation and monitoring (BE&M). Like BCOM, BPSEC is comprised of State department of transportation representatives, academia, and industry.

The BSPEC Committee meets with the LTBP Program team twice a year for 2 days of informational briefings, status reports, and discussion of the program. The committee uses the materials presented to examine the technical direction of the LTBP Program to maintain the program's track consistent with the program mission, goals, and objectives. BSPEC provides findings and recommendations to BCOM for incorporation into BCOM's report to the FHWA Administrator. BSPEC findings are utilized by the LTBP Program to adjust the research effort and refine the research methodologies to create outcomes that are beneficial to bridge owners.

LTBP Program Contacts

FHWA Staff

Robert (Rob) Zobel, P.E., Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
Email: Robert.Zobel@dot.gov

Federal Highway Administration
Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
6300 Georgetown Pike
Room F-211/HRDI-50
McLean, VA 22101
Office: (202) 493-3024

Fred Faridazar
Highway Research Engineer
Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
Email: Fred.Faridazar@dot.gov 

Federal Highway Administration
Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
6300 Georgetown Pike
Room F-211/HRDI-50
McLean, VA 22101
Office: (202) 493-3076

Frank Jalinoos
Research Structural Engineer
Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
Email: Frank.Jalinoos@dot.gov 

Federal Highway Administration
Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
6300 Georgetown Pike
Room F-211/HRDI-50
McLean, VA 22101
Office: (202) 493-3082

Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2018