California Department of Transportation
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Rincon Creek BridgeOverview: (Revised 4/23/2009)
In an effort to improve safety and protect the publicís investment in its infrastructure, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) enacted changes in the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS - CFR 650) with regards to bridge scour. A Plan of Action (POA) is required to be prepared for all bridges determined to be scour critical (NBI item 113 scour code 1, 2 or 3). More recently, FHWA directed that bridges classified as having an unknown foundation (NBI item 113 scour code U) are to be treated as scour critical and require a POA.

Letters from the Department to affected local agencies have been transmitted providing guidance to develop the POAs. The letters provide deadlines for compliance and the lists of scour critical bridges and bridges with unknown foundations that must have POAs developed. The POAs must be developed to ensure that local agencies remain eligible for all federal Title 23 funds.

Completed plans must be submitted to your Caltrans District Local Assistance Engineer (DLAE) to demonstrate compliance with federal law.

Grimes Canyon Wash (52C0177) Plan of Action Question and Answers (Revised 4/23/2009):
This document contains frequently asked questions on completing the POA. The questions and answers include both technical scour analysis questions and funding questions. This link will be modified as new questions are generated. Check this link for updated questions and answers.

Grimes Canyon Wash  (52C0181)Sample Plans of Action:
Two samples of completed POAs are provided to illustrate what a finished POA will look like. The samples are for State owned bridges and are site specific.

Ellsworth Barranca Bridge (52C0076) Plan
The POA form field definition document provides a general explanation of each of the fields in the form.

Santa Clara River Bridge (52C0175) Plan of Action Document Template: The Microsoft Word document template for the POA is available for your use.