The City of Manchester owns and maintains eleven (11) bridge structures that are on the National Bridge Inventory. The structures are inspected on an annually by Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) Bridge Engineers. The results are then summarized in a report to the City and action is then taken to complete maintenance, repairs, and or replacement. Bridge management focuses on making informed and effective decisions on the operation, maintenance, preservation, replacement, and improvement of bridges within a bridge inventory. Generally, bridge replacement and repairs are funded by the City's Capital Fund budget and grant funding obtained through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) which is administered by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.
The City of Manchester along with the FHWA promotes the use of sound practices and techniques for assessing the performance and needs of bridges on both a bridge- and inventory-level, evaluating alternative strategies for addressing needs, and prioritizing investments, projects, and work types that satisfy the objectives of being cost effective while maintaining safety. These objectives can among other things be satisfied by implementing programs of projects that maximize inventory-level performance where performance may include multiple factors such as condition, structural reliability, mobility, and minimizing the cost to achieve desired service life. Bridge management also includes using optimal maintenance, preservation, and improvement design, material, and construction technologies that provide sustainable performance.