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TRS: Local Bridge Removal Policies and Programs

Bridge imageStatus:  Complete
Report Date:  04/05/2017


Many local agencies lack funding to construct and maintain all bridges in their roadway network. One way to lower costs is to reduce the number of bridges. In Minnesota, some township bridges are on very low-use roads that have alternative access for nearby residents, but local officials are reluctant to remove these bridges. To inform potential changes to its practices, the Local Road Research Board (LRRB) is interested in learning about the bridge removal programs and policies in other states. This Transportation Research Synthesis provides the results of a survey of state department of transportation bridge offices about bridge removal practices, criteria and funding programs. A literature review of bridge design manuals, inspection manuals, and state and local bridge programs supplement the survey findings.

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