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Bridges and Structures

Peace River Bridge at Dunvegan, Alberta

Bridges and structures located on the provincial highway network in Alberta are managed by Alberta Transportation (the Department). This includes the responsibility for overseeing design work, administering construction contracts, and inspecting and preserving existing infrastructure. Four geographically based regional branches (Peace, North Central, Central and Southern) actively manage the bridges and structures (see regional boundary map), while the Bridge Engineering Section of the Technical Standards Branch provide technical guidance, develop and maintain the technical standards, and provide coordination between the regions.

The location of bridge files across the province can be seen on a series of PDF maps.

Consultants carrying out engineering services for the Department shall follow the processes outlined in the two following Engineering Consultant Guidelines:

The Department’s technical guidelines and standards for Bridges and Structures are available at the following links:

Consultants working on bridge engineering assignments for the department may find useful information and details on the history of a bridge in correspondence files.  The Request for Corporate Bridge Information guide and associated form provide details on arranging access to this information.

 Department Contacts:


Recent updates to this website include: 


Date  Page  Change 
Nov 20, 2018 New Design New Version of Bridge Structures Design Criteria
Nov 20, 2018 New Design Added NU Girder Design & Detailing Manual
Nov 20, 2018 New Design Typical Details Drawings Updated
May 10, 2017 Bridge Management Add BIM Advisory Bulletin # 6
April 28, 2017  New Design  New version of Bridge Structures Design Criteria
April 28, 2017  New Design  Standard Drawings and Typical Detail Drawings Updated 
April 28, 2017  Construction  New edition of Standard Specifications for Bridge Construction
Jan 15, 2017 Bridge Assessments Updated Bridge Load Evaluation Manual
Jan 15, 2017 Bridge Management Add BIM Advisory Bulletin # 5
Nov 1, 2016 Bridge Management Add BIM Advisory Bulletin # 4
Aug 02, 2016 Bridge Assessments Add link to Bridge Assessment Guidelines document
July 04, 2016  New Design  Modified the uses of SL/SLW Girders 
May 06, 2016 New Design Updated Bridge Conceptual Design Guidelines
May 06, 2016     New Design Updated Design Guidelines for Bridge Sized Culverts 
May 06, 2016      New Design  BPG 12 removed  
Feb 24, 2016 Bridge Management Updated Bridge Inspection and Maintenance -Certificate Process 
Jan 21, 2016 New Design Updated Engineering Drafting Guidelines for Highway and Bridge Projects
Jan 21, 2016 Bridge Management Updated link to Bridge Inventory Data
Jan 21, 2016 Bridge Management Added BIM Advisory Bulletin # 3
Jan. 06, 2016     Construction     Bridge Construction Inspection Manual Updated 
June 09, 2015 Detail Engineering Replaced BPG 12-Deck Drainage with new version
June 05, 2015 Bridge Assessments     Add link to Bridge Load Evaluation Manual
Feb. 19, 2015 Bridge Safety Page removed
Feb. 17, 2015 Local Road Add page with links to standard and typical detail drawings for local road bridges
Jan. 26, 2015 Construction Replace link to tender services unit costs with link to bridge cost spreadsheet
Jan. 26, 2015 Main Add Updates section