Infrastructure Technology Institute
The Midwest Bridge Working Group (MBWG) is a forum for exchanging information about bridges, such as problems, best practices, and research results, among participating state highway agencies. Created in 1996 and sponsored by ITI through a subcontract with the Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky, the MBWG focuses on issues of inspection and maintenance of bridges. Group membership has grown well beyond the Midwest, and now includes bridge specialists from California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Generally, meetings are held biannually, with one meeting in the spring and one in the winter. When possible, meetings are broadcast live over the internet by members of the ITI REG. Meeting attendance patterns underscore the value of this forum for highway bridge professions. The attendance has progressively increased year to year, proving the practitioners and researchers highly value the opportunity to communicate with each other in a face-to-face setting. The meetings are a source of the latest information coming from both peer experience
and research findings.
Other regional forums have begun forming as word has spread about the importance of this kind of interchange among bridge professionals.
For additional information see: www.midwestbridge.org