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The purpose of this manual is to serve as a standard and to provide uniformity in the procedures and policies for determining the physical condition maintenance needs and load capacity of our nations highway bridges. The aashto manual for condition evaluation of bridges discusses the various items of information that are to be recorded as part of original bridge reports that manual and the bridge inspectors training manual 90 with supplements discuss inspection procedures and the preparation of detailed reports about the structure components these. Current aashto manual for condition evaluation of bridges mce contains provisions for only the conventional deterministic allowable stress and load factor methods of load rating existing bridges hence there is an acute need for a comprehensive new evaluation manual that will not only be consistent. Aashto washington dc 4 the manual for condition evaluation of bridges and the guide manual for condition evaluation and load and resistance factor rating lrfr of highway bridges have been effectively combined in the new manual for bridge evaluation first edition 2008. Reporting of element level bridge condition data to the fhwa contains a listing of the elements for which data will be collected by the fhwa and refers to the new aashto manual for bridge element inspection first edition for element descriptions quantity calculations and condition states