December 10, 2019


800 Carolina Rd.

Public Works Operations Training Room

Suffolk, VA, 23434

Contact Hours



This course will provide an overview of best practices of bridge preservation for locally maintained bridges in Virginia.  The topics will include the definition of bridge preservation, a summary of structure data, description of structure conditions, a description of the Virginia bridge/structure program and details of bridge preservation treatments.


The following bridge preservation treatments will be included:

Deck Patching

Deck Crack Sealing

Thin (Epoxy) Overlays

Rigid Overlays

Closing Joints

Reconstruction of deck ends and abutment backwalls adjacent to joints

Leaking Joints

Sealing Joints – Adhesive based joint sealing systems

Sealing Joints – Pourable (Silicone) Seals

Sealing Joints –Elastomeric Expansion Dams (Strip Seals)

Sealing Joints –Tooth Joints

Sealing Joints – Asphalt Plug Joints

Deck and Seat Cleaning

Seat Waterproofing

Concrete Superstructure Surface Repairs

Concrete Substructure Surface Repairs

Structural Steel Repairs

Fatigue Retrofitting

Scour Repairs

Cathodic Protection


Jose Gomez

Jose Gomez served as Director of Research for the Virginia Transportation Research Council, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s research division. He first joined the Research Council in June of 1992 as a Research Scientist and spent 9 years conducting applied research and technical consultation in the areas of bridge engineering; focusing on field testing, computer modeling, the use of advanced structural materials in bridge design, and bridge management. Jose served the next 9 years as Associate Director of Research, managing the Structures, Pavements, and Geotechnical Research Team. He was named Director of Research in April, 2011, retiring in August 2016. Highlights of his career at VTRC include Principal or co-Principal Investigator on 16 external grants totaling over $5.4 million in research and implementation funds, author or co-author of 42 research reports, and co-PI to Rutgers University, the lead agency in the initial FHWA Long-Term Bridge Performance Program Grant. This grant total was $25 million, of which $5 million came to VTRC in support of the bridge research program. Jose is currently a Lecturer in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from VMI and Masters and Doctorate in Civil Engineering from U.Va. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

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